airBaltic reports 36% annual increase in passenger numbers

Latvian national airline airBaltic carried around 4.5 million passengers in 2023, up 36% from 2022, according to initial data compiled by the airline.

Over the past 12 months, the airline operated more than 44 thousand flights - an 18 percent increase from a year earlier.

Martin Gauss, President and CEO of airBaltic, noted 2023 was a year of significant achievements. First, the company expanded its route network by offering direct flights on more than 100 routes from bases in Riga, Vilnius, Tallinn, Tampere, and now seasonally from Gran Canaria.

"Secondly, passenger numbers increased steadily, approaching 4.5 million. Our ambitions in airBaltic go beyond connecting the Baltic States with the world, because our goal is also to continuously improve the quality of services and make a significant contribution to the economy. Last year's achievements reflect our continued commitment to these goals," Gauss said.

As for 2024, Gauss noted that airBaltic devotes all its attention to implementing the proposed initial public offering (IPO) of the company's shares.

“Thus, we are determined to achieve even better results and further strengthen airBaltic as the leading airline and brand in the Baltics,” the CEO of airBaltic said.

airBaltic carried 339 300 passengers in December 2023, an increase of 18% compared to the corresponding period a year ago. During the winter season, when demand is traditionally declining, there are still stable rates of passengers transported in one month. According to preliminary data, airBaltic operated 3,600 flights in December, which is 14% more than in the previous year.

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