Latvia’s airBaltic welcomes 24% more passengers in Q1

posted on 18th April 2018 by Jordan Newton
Latvia's airBaltic welcomes 24% more passengers in Q1

Latvian airline airBaltic in the first quarter (Q1) of 2018 welcomed 729,897 passengers or 24 per cent more than in the same period last year.

In March 2018, 280,724 passengers or 25 per cent more than last year travelled with the carrier.

Last month, the airline operated 4,216 flights, or 15 per cent more than in the same period of 2017. During Q1 of 2018 airBaltic operated 11,591 flights.

The airline’s load factor, was at a level of 72 per cent in March 2018, but during first quarter of 2018 airBaltic’s load factor was 67 per cent.

AirBaltic chief executive officer, Martin Gauss said: “We just presented the 2017 results that were the best operational results in the history of the airline, and now we have achieved a new passenger record for first quarter of 2018 too.

“I am proud of the airBaltic team that everyday keeps up the good work and offers our passengers great flying experience.”

Gauss added: “March was an exciting month for us – at the end of March we entered our summer season with three new destinations from Riga to Lisbon, Malaga, and Gdansk as well added one new route from Tallinn to London.

“This summer we will serve a total of over 70 routes from Riga, Tallinn, and Vilnius offering the biggest variety of destinations and best connectivity for business and leisure travelers alike.”

On 16 April, airBaltic also launched its latest new route from Riga International Airport to Khrabrovo Airport in Kaliningrad. The carrier flies six times a week on a Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft.

As of April 2018, airBaltic serves over 70 routes from Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius, spanning Europe, Scandinavia, the CIS and the Middle East.

For this summer, it has introduced eight new destinations from Riga to Malaga, Lisbon, Split, Bordeaux, Gdansk, Almaty as well as Sochi and Kaliningrad. In addition, it launched a new direct route connecting Tallinn and London.