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airBaltic reports April 2010 traffic

airBaltic carried 211,503 passengers in April 2010, a 3% decrease compared with the same month in 2009, when the airline transported 217,544 passengers.

During the first four months of 2010, airBaltic carried a total of 835,694 passengers, which was 16% up on the same period in 2009, when the total number of passengers was 717,705.

Tero Taskila, chief commercial officer of airBaltic, commented, "airBaltic’s passenger growth in April was considerably affected by the volcanic ash cloud and airspace closures that disrupted air travel for more than a week."

In April, airBaltic operated 4,044 flights, 10% more than in April 2009 and between January and the end of April, the airline provided 15,775 flights in all.

The airline’s load factor in April 2010 was 63%, down by 2 percentage points from April 2009’s figure. During the first four months of 2010 the airline’s load factor was at a level of 62%, matching the figure for the same period in 2009.

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