Articles Tagged ‘Latvia’

Wizz Air and Ryanair are the biggest and fastest-growing airlines in Central Europe; Poland-UK remains biggest country pair

Wizz Air and Ryanair are the biggest and fastest-growing airlines in Central Europe; Poland-UK remains biggest country pair

We define a new region of 17 countries across Central and Eastern Europe and analyse which are the biggest and fastest-growing in 2016. Plus we reveal the top 15 airlines (and how fast they are growing) and busiest country pairs.

Latvia’s traffic set to leap past 5.5 million in 2016; airBaltic still #1 carrier

Latvia’s traffic set to leap past 5.5 million in 2016; airBaltic still #1 carrier

Latvia is the tasty filling in the Baltic nation sandwich, sitting as it does between its close neighbours Estonia and Lithuania. The country’s air traffic is booming this year, with an average monthly growth of 8.4% between January and May. We take a look at who is doing what, and from where.

Baltic region will soon welcome airBaltic’s new Bombardier CS300 aircraft; Nordica is new name for Estonia’s newest carrier

Baltic region will soon welcome airBaltic’s new Bombardier CS300 aircraft; Nordica is new name for Estonia’s newest carrier

The airports of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania combined handled around 11.5 million passengers in 2015. We reveal their growth since 1999 and which are the leading airlines and country markets, plus what’s coming in 2016.


Riga Airport welcomes its seven millionth transit passenger since 1991; United celebrates 15 years in Birmingham; London City handles its one millionth aircraft movement

Riga Airport welcomes its seven millionth transit passenger since 1991; United celebrates 15 years in Birmingham; London City handles its one millionth aircraft movement

Latvia celebrated its independence over 20 years ago, but how many transfer passengers passed through Riga Airport since then? Which airline performed the one millionth movement ever at London City Airport? And why did Marilyn Monroe visit Birmingham?

airBaltic continues to dominate Baltic aviation; region’s airports growing fast

airBaltic continues to dominate Baltic aviation; region’s airports growing fast

Since joining the EU in May 2004 the three Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have had their share of ups and down with regard to airline development. We take a closer look at which airlines currently have the biggest presence in the market and how quickly the region’s biggest airports are growing.

airBaltic's bankruptcy protection – should the 62 airport partners worry?

airBaltic’s bankruptcy protection – should the 62 airport partners worry?

Yesterday, airBaltic filed for bankruptcy protection. 62 airports are served by this airline’s unique hub-and-spoke system, which is particularly strong at linking EU destinations with Russia and other former Soviet countries. However, this is no ordinary story of financial trouble stemming from unaffordable over-expansion.


airBaltic planning 100 routes for summer season; expanding in Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania and Sweden; Q400s arriving

airBaltic planning 100 routes for summer season; expanding in Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania and Sweden; Q400s arriving

One of the more amazing airline stories of recent years has been the development of Latvian-based airBaltic which has nearly doubled passenger numbers to 2.76 million in three years while evolving from a point-to-point airline into a hub-and-spoke carrier (all while losing SAS as a major shareholder). In addition to a raft of route launches […]

airBaltic now serving 50 destinations non-stop from Riga including Dubai; Linkoping and Dushanbe starting soon

Article Thumbnail: Airline AnalysisLatvia’s airBaltic is now free of SAS influence and growing fast. It has added 20 new routes in the last year and trebled the number of transfer passengers in Riga. Which are its busiest routes and what fleet changes are imminent?

Early summer capacity down by 4.8% in Europe; Norwegian in pole position for growth

Article Thumbnail: Lead StoryThis weekend sees the start of the summer season and our analysis reveals that airlines at European airports are offering around 5% fewer seats compared with a year ago. We look at the leading airports, airlines and country markets and see which are growing fastest (if at all) and which are in decline (and by how much).


AirBaltic and Ryanair carve up Latvian market

AirBaltic and Ryanair carve up Latvian marketOne of three Baltic states to join the EU in May 2004 traffic at the country’s main airport of Riga has quadrupled in just four years. National airline AirBaltic has been growing fast but Ryanair has over 25% of the traffic and operates to 12 destinations despite having no aircraft based there. Who else is contributing to Latvia’s growth and what’s happening in Liepaja?