airBaltic breaks 5 million passenger barrier

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Latvian airline airBaltic said January 16 that in 2019 it carried more than 5 million passengers for the first time in its history.

In total the airline flew 5,049,317 passengers, which is a 22% increase on 2018's figure.

Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic said: “We are reaching new heights and offering better connections to people travelling to and from the Baltics. In 2019, we continued our sustainable growth path and showed strong results that will help us to pave our future path, strengthening our role as the largest carrier in the region.”

“Last year we launched nine new routes, and, by adding more Airbus A220-300 to our fleet, increased the comfort and reliability of our flights,” Gauss said.

In 2019, airBaltic operated a total of 62,748 flights or 12% more than in 2018. The airline’s load factor, which represents the number of passengers as a proportion of the number of available seats, was at a level of 76% in 2019.

In 2020, the airline plans to launch 14 new routes, including four new direct destinations from Tallinn, Estonia, and five new destinations from Vilnius, Lithuania. A complete schedule of airBaltic flights and tickets for the new destinations is available on the company's website at

airBaltic's strong performance also underpins double-digit growth at Rīga International Airport, as recently reported by LSM.

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