LONDON — Latvian carrier airBaltic has today released their passenger numbers for the month of May 2018. The carrier has seen a 22% increase for the month of May, carrying 386,353 passengers compared to the same month a year ago.

For the first five months, passenger numbers hit 1.45 million, which was also a 22% increase compared to the same period last year. The carrier operated 5,149 flights in a single month, which was up 14% compared to May 2017 as well as performing a total of 21,445 flights in the first five months of 2018.

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Load factors were recorded at 75% in May, with the factors also being 71% in the first five months of 2018 overall. Airline punctuality was recorded an 88.8% in May, which was a 1% drop compared to May 2017. The 15-minute flight punctuality indicator for the carrier in the first five months of this year reached a level of 90%, meaning that 90 out of every 100 airBaltic flights departed at the planned time or with a delay of no more than 15 minutes.

Martin Gauss, the chief executive officer of airBaltic, said: “The summer season is officially here, and we expect even larger passenger figures during the upcoming three months. We appreciate that more and more passengers choose airBaltic, showing their trust in the reliable service we provide.”

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The carrier currently serves over 70 destinations from Riga, Tallinn, and Vilnius, with their network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, and the Middle East. For the Summer this year, the carrier will be launching eight new destinations from Riga, offering flights to Malaga, Lisbon, Split, Bordeaux, Gdansk, Almaty as well as Sochi and Kaliningrad. May also saw the carrier launch services to London from Tallinn.

Overall, airBaltic has had a strong month with their passenger numbers, especially with such a significant rise like the 22% figure. They will, however, be looking to improve their load factors as well as their punctuality, which had dropped ever so slightly. Other than that, it has been a strong performance and the carrier will be looking to expand their numbers with the new summer services across Europe and Russia.