Air Baltic says it has achieved a 15% improvement in aircraft utilisation this summer.
The Latvian carrier says that by moving trunk routes from midday departures to alternating morning/afternoon departures and introducing "split schedules" to its network, it has managed to deliver four "virtual aircraft" worth of efficiencies for the same capacity over the four months ending 31 July.
In essence, arrival schedules have been stretched, enabling denser schedules and thus higher aircraft utilisation, it says.
This has allowed the carrier to launch additional frequencies to destinations such as London, Munich, Paris and Stockholm and to introduce six new destinations: Héviz-Balaton, Hungary; Larnaca, Cyprus; Malta; Olbia, Italy; Prague; and Rijeka, Croatia.
The network changes have also enabled Air Baltic to reduce its transfer time at its Riga base from approximately 2h to 1h - leading to an improvement in passenger yields on the same trendline as last year, when it grew 10%.
The network changes are part of the airline's "Reshape" business turnaround process, aimed at returning Air Baltic to profit in 2014.
Load factors, which stood at 80% in July 2012, have fallen. Air Baltic attributes this to the shift from its fleet of Fokker 50s to the larger Bombardier Q400 turboprop during the summer.