24 SEPTEMBER 2018
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Ever-rising passenger numbers and the arrival of 14 Airbus A220s by the end of the year will give airBaltic CEO Martin Gauss plenty to discuss on his appearance as guest speaker at the Aviation Club in London on 8 November.
The Latvian carrier carried a record 2.7m-plus passengers, an increase of 18%, during the first eight months of 2018 over its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, CIS and the Middle East. August alone saw 440,562 passengers, a 14% rise.
Gauss said of the results: “This was the strongest summer in our history, successfully continuing the sustainable growth path we have taken. And while performing more flights to a more destinations, we still are achieving our internal targets for punctuality and regularity.”
AirBaltic operated 37,186 flights during the first eight months, 11% more than in the same period of 2017. Load factor averaged 77% over the review period, rising in August to 84%, he added.
Punctuality during the first eight months of the year was 86%, meaning more than 86 of every 100 airBaltic flights departed on schedule or with a delay of no more than 15min. Fewer than 2% of flights were delayed more than an hour.
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