airBaltic to resume operations to major cities, all Q400s remain grounded

airBaltic has made this announcement:

After receiving a special permission from the Ministry of Transport of the Republic of Latvia, airBaltic will resume direct flights from Riga to Amsterdam on May 25, Hamburg on June 1, Vienna on June 8 and Dusseldorf on June 9.

The company will resume direct flights from Tallinn to Paris on June 1, Vienna on June 2 and Berlin on June 4.

The airline also plans to launch direct flights from Vilnius to Oslo on May 28, 2020.

Martin Gauss, CEO of airBaltic: “We provide the best connectivity to and from the Baltics. By June 9, we will connect Baltics with more than ten European destinations. By focusing on an all-Airbus A220-300 fleet, we are well positioned for the restart.”

Note: All 12 Bombardier DHC-8-402 Dash 8s (Q400s) remain grounded and are not expected to return becoming an all A220 operator.

airBaltic decided to ground the Q400 fleet on March 16, 2020 due to the pandemic. For the record, YL-BBU operated the last revenue flight (BT318 TLL-RIX) on March 16.

Type Retired: March 16, 2020 (flight BT318 TLL-RIX with YL-BBU)

Above Copyright Photo: airBaltic ( Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) YL-BAE (msn 4289) ARN (Stefan Sjogren). Image: 905317.

Previously the company operated the last Boeing 737-300 revenue flight (flight BT405 KBP-RIX with YL-BBY) also on March 16, 2020.

“The safety and health of our passengers, our employees and the society stand above all. All of our passengers are now provided with a face mask and disinfectant wipes. Our new flight operations follow the recommendations issued by authorities,” Martin Gauss added.

On May 18, airBaltic has resumed flights from Riga to Tallinn and Vilnius. The airline is also performing daily special flights to Frankfurt and Oslo. airBaltic will also resume flights from Riga to Helsinki, Munich and Berlin.

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