SmartLynx Airlines finished 2023 with a record number of operated flights

In 2023, Latvia-based airline SmartLynx made 48 per cent more flights and carried 53 per cent more passengers than in the year before.

Last year, the airline increased its fleet from 49 to 67 aircraft, including the first Boeing B737 MAX8 aircraft in the ACMI (aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance) sector, which significantly boosted its passenger numbers.

Over the year 2023, demand for ACMI passenger services continued to grow. This was driven by airlines favouring leasing services over purchasing new aircraft and due to substantial delays (averaging 16 months) in delivering new aircraft and parts from manufacturers worldwide.

Last year SmartLynx Airlines increased its fleet by 37 per cent and was able to make 48 per cent more flights than in 2022. Thanks to the work and resources invested, the airline reached a record number of passengers carried – totalling over 6.5m passengers.

SmartLynx Airlines CEO Žygimantas Surintas, said: “Although full of challenges, overall, 2023 was a very successful one for the airline. We will not become complacent because, as our results improve, our goals are becoming more ambitious than ever.

“This year, we made our first flights for an Indian airline, and we can see great potential for growth there, as well as in the Middle East and North America.

Our customers value the quality and stability of SmartLynx services, which is why 100 per cent of our passenger aircraft fleet and service resources are already almost fully booked for the next year’s flights.

“In response to market demand, next year we will continue investing heavily in increasing the airline’s fleet and aircraft crew capacity.”