The number of airBaltic passengers travelling on flights to Riga from Vilnius and Tallinn and on to final destinations in Europe and Asia has risen dramatically, the airline has revealed.
A larger number of Lithuanian transit passengers ensured that the flight to Riga from Vilnius was the airline's most popular route in January, with 12,922 passengers travelling on the route - nearly five times the amount on January 2008.
Over two-and-a-half times the amount of passengers travelled on flights to Riga from Tallinn, up from 3,520 to 9,186.
Commenting on the figures, an airBaltic statement said: "Thanks to transit services, airBaltic has also increased its overall passenger numbers.
"In January 2009, the Latvian airline carried 156,688 passengers on flights from Riga airport."
As part of its 2009 summer schedule, airBaltic will increase its frequency of flights to Tallinn and Vilnius from Riga to seven a day.
The airline announced last week that it would launch a new flight to Dushanbe from Riga on June 1st.