airBaltic passenger numbers approached 4.5M in 2023

An airBaltic Airbus A220 parked on the tarmac.
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airBaltic has wrapped up 2023 with an impressive 36% increase in passenger numbers compared to the previous year.

Summarizing its calendar year performance, the Latvian national airlineannounced that 2023 continued the company’s purposeful growth and development.

Record-breaking Passenger Numbers


The resounding news from the airBaltic camp is the substantial surge in passenger traffic, reaching a staggering 4.5 million travelers in 2023.

This noteworthy accomplishment perhaps speaks to the airline’s popularity but it relevantly signifies a remarkable 18% growth in flights over the last 12 months.

Over 100 Direct Routes


An essential component of airBaltic’s success lies in its commitment to expanding connectivity. In 2023, the airline achieved a milestone by offering over 100 direct routes, an all-time high for the company.

This extensive network, originating from key cities such as Riga, Vilnius, Tallinn, Tampere, and seasonally from Gran Canaria, solidifies airBaltic’s status as a leading player in the regional aviation landscape.

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An airBaltic aircraft on the tarmac.
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Martin Gauss on 2023 Achievements


Martin Gauss, the President and CEO of airBaltic, shared his insights on the remarkable achievements of 2023.

He highlighted the dual success of network expansion and escalating passenger numbers, emphasizing the airline’s dedication to enhancing passenger experiences and contributing significantly to the economy.

Gauss stated, “Last year’s achievements reflect our ongoing dedication to these goals. As we look ahead to 2024, our full attention is devoted to the active path we have recently embarked on towards the contemplated Initial Public Offering (IPO) of the company’s shares.”

December Surpassing Expectations


Even in the traditionally quieter winter season, airBaltic continued its stellar performance in December 2023.

Carrying 339,300 passengers, an 18% increase from the previous year, and executing 3,600 flights, a notable 14% increase, the airline showcased its resilience and adaptability.

Conclusion


Over the last 28 years airBaltic has developed as a strong and internationally respected airline, which employs more than 2 500 employees. The airBaltic fleet consists of 46 Airbus A220-300 aircraft, making it one of the youngest fleets in Europe. 

Looking forward, airBaltic sets its sights on an ambitious future. With a firm focus on the contemplated Initial Public Offering (IPO), the airline is poised to deliver even greater excellence, solidifying its position as the leading airline and brand of the Baltics.

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airBaltic closed out 2023 with a 36% increase in passenger numbers; carrying almost 4.5 million passengers across the year.
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