Bertolt Flick, President and CEO of airBaltic: “Two million passengers in a bit less than a year is a major achievement for this airline. Over the course of the last two years, our passenger numbers have more than doubled – we congratulated our one-millionth passenger late in 2005. Since 2003, airBaltic has been one of the most rapidly growing airlines in all Europe. Our market share has increased in a stable way both in Riga and in Vilnius. These results show that we have chosen the right strategy – listening to our passengers and adapting to their changing needs and desires as quickly as possible.”
This year the airline has opened up 12 new routes from Riga – non-stop flights to Rome, Athens, Stavanger, Gomel, Kuressaare, Liepaja, Heraklion, Monastir, Palma de Mallorca, Larnaca, Dalaman and Bodrum. Non-stop flights fromVilnius were opened to Brussels, Zurich, Malaga, Barcelona, Rome and Kishinev. Regular flights were offered from Liepaja to Hamburg, Copenhagen and Riga.
The two millionth airBaltic passenger was congratulated before departure by airBaltic‘s vicepresident and general manager in Lithuania Tadas Vizgirda and received a certificate for two business class tickets on any non-stop airBaltic flight from Vilnius.
During the course of 2006, airBaltic transported 1,425,276 passengers – 37% more than in 2005, when the total number was 1,037,925 passengers.
airBaltic in brief:
AIR BALTIC CORPORATION (airBaltic) is a joint-stock company established in 1995. Main shareholders: the state of Latvia 52.6% of stocks, SAS AB – 47.2% of stocks. airBaltic fleet consists of twenty one aircraft: ten Boeing 737 – 500, three Boeing 737-300 and eight Fokker 50. airBaltic offers direct flights out of two capital cities of the Baltic States - Riga and Vilnius, and offers direct flights between Kaliningrad and Copenhagen, Liepaja and Hamburg, and Liepaja and Copenhagen.