airBaltic sees summer passenger numbers rise

Latvian airline airBaltic said September 18 that the summer season saw it transporting a record number of travelers.

According to its own figures, it flew 2,770,047 or 18% more passengers during the first eight months of 2018 than in the same period last year.

In August 2018, 440,562 passengers or 14% more than last year traveled with airBaltic. In addition in summer season airBaltic carried +18% more passengers, marking this period as a record for the airline.

The airline's CEO Martin Gauss said: “This was the strongest summer in the history of the airline, successfully continuing the sustainable growth path the company has taken.”

During the first eight months of 2018 airBaltic operated 37,186 flights. In August 2018, the airline
performed 5,341 flights, or 11% more than in the same period of 2017.

However the airline’s load factor, which represents the number of passengers as a proportion of the number of available seats, dipped very slightly during first eight months of 2018 to 77% from 78% in the same period last year.

The 15 minute flight punctuality indicator also dropped slightly from 87% in the first eight months of  2017 to 86% this year. This means that 86 out of every 100 airBaltic flights departed at the planned time or with a delay of no more than 15 minutes. Fewer than 2% of flights were delayed more than an

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