Russia is set to significantly increase its expenditure on defence and national security according to a draft 2023 to 2025 budget.
airBaltic reports increase in March passenger figures
Latvia's airBaltic carried 175,539 passengers in March 2009, a 3% increase over the same month in 2008, when the airline moved 171,210 passengers. March also saw the number of passengers going through the airline's base in Riga increase by 31% year-on-year.
During the first three months of 2009, airBaltic transported a total of 500,161 passengers, 7% more than during the same period in 2008, when the total number of passengers was 466,177.
In March, airBaltic operated 3,284 flights, a reduction of 2% on the 3,365 flights of March 2008. Between January and the end of March, the airline operated 9,661 flights in all.
Load factor in March 2009 was 62%, up by 4 percentage points from March 2008's 58%. During the first three months of 2009 airline’s average load factor was 60%, this time 5 percentage points more than during the same period in 2008.
The 15-minute flight punctuality indicator for airBaltic stood at 93.4% in March 2009. This meant that more than 93 of every 100 airBaltic flights in March departed at the planned time or with a delay of no more than 15 minutes.
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