Saturday, 18 January 2020

airBaltic new record – 5 million passengers in 2019

The Latvian Government-funded airline airBaltic scored a record year in 2019 carrying over 5 million passengers, a rise of 22% over 2018.  It's the highest number in the airline's history.  

“We are reaching new heights and offering better connections to people travelling to and from the Baltics." Said Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic. "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. Already now majority of our passengers fly on the Airbus A220-300 aircraft,” Martin Gauss.

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.

Number of passengers5 049 3174 135 71122%
Number of flights627485626112%
Load factor76%75%+1%-point
15-minute flight punctuality indicator86%88%-2%-points
December, 2019December, 2018Change
Number of passengers35772329276520%
Number of flights478644707%
Load factor70%64%+6%-points
15-minute flight punctuality indicator89%86%+3%-points
In 2020, airBaltic continues its expansion in the Baltics and will launch 14 new routes, including four new direct destinations from Tallinn, Estonia, and five new destinations from Vilnius, Lithuania.

airBaltic Pilot Academy’s sixth group of students begin studies

 The sixth group of students began their study process at the Latvian airline’s airBaltic Pilot Academy on January 14, 2020. The sixth group of 13 students will become airBaltic pilots upon completion of the full-time program in less than two years from now.

Pauls Cālītis, airBaltic SVP Flight Operations: “We launched our Pilot Academy two years ago. During this time, it has managed to gain a significant track record and continue its expansion. We have worked hard to offer opportunities for students to benefit greatly while learning from the first-hand experience of our professional instructors. We invest in the development of the Pilot Academy and now we have a fully equipped hangar under construction for our modern training aircraft at International Airport Liepaja and completed an order of additional Diamond Aircraft to support the continued growth of our training capabilities.”

Overall, there are now 53 active students at airBaltic Pilot Academy. Most of the students are from Baltic countries, however, there are students also from other EU countries such as Germany, France, Finland among others. More than 10% of airBaltic Pilot Academy students are female.

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