airBaltic has made this announcement:
As the Coronavirus crisis continues, significantly affecting demand for air travel, airBaltic is forced to further decrease its overall capacity between April 15 and October 31, 2020, cancelling approximately 50% of its flights. Currently the airline is in the process of adjusting its network and flight schedule according to temporarily reduced fleet in the beginning of restarting the scheduled operations once the crisis is over.
Martin Gauss, CEO of airBaltic: “Considering the significant impact on the demand, we currently plan to restart our operations gradually. When we will be able to, we will start with a reduced number of aircraft who will serve daily flights to our top routes. With each upcoming week, more aircraft will return to service, offering more flights.”
In addition, airBaltic has made a decision to delay launch of the new routes it had planned for summer season of 2020 from all three Baltic states as well as temporarily discontinue a number of additional routes.
With a reduced schedule, airBaltic was able to early retire its three remaining Boeing 737-300s on March 16, 2020. The type was due to be retired later this year with the arrival of further Airbus A220s.
YL-BBJ – flight BT246 FRA-RIX arriving at 1852 (6:52 pm) local time
YL-BBX – flight BT122 GOT-RIX arriving at 1650 (4:50 pm) local time
YL-BBY – flight BT405 KBP-RIX arriving at 2204 (10:04 pm) local time (the last Boeing 737 revenue flight)
A look back at the early years:
Top Copyright Photo: airBaltic (airBaltic.com) Boeing 737-36Q WL YL-BBY (msn 30335) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 910834.
airBaltic aircraft slide show: