Category Archives: airBaltic

airBaltic launches flights to Manchester and Edinburgh

Delivered on August 10, 2017

airBaltic on July 4, 2021 launched new scheduled flights between Riga and Manchester in the United Kingdom. airBaltic now connects both cities with two weekly flights.

In addition, as of July 2 airBaltic also connects Riga and Edinburgh twice a week.

Destination served Flight frequency Start date Price *, GREEN Price *, GREEN Classic Price*, Business
Riga–Manchester 2 flights weekly July 4, 2021 29 EUR 105 EUR 365 EUR

In other news, airBaltic on July 3 launched flights from Riga to two Norwegian cities – Trondheim and Bergen. airBaltic now connects cities with two weekly flights. Also, on July 3 airBaltic starts connecting Riga twice a week with a new summer seasonal destination in Greece – the beautiful island of Kos.

Flights between Riga and Trondheim, Riga and Bergen, and Riga and Kos are operated by the Airbus A220-300 aircraft.

Destination served Flight frequency Start date Price *, GREEN Price *, GREEN Classic Price*, Business
Riga–Trondheim 2 flights weekly July 3, 2021 35 EUR 105 EUR 319 EUR
Riga–Bergen 2 flights weekly July 3, 2021 29 EUR 79 EUR 289 EUR
Riga–Kos 2 flights weekly July 3, 2021 79 EUR 125 EUR 399 EUR

*Lowest fare (one way), including taxes, fees and service charges.

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Top Copyright Photo: airBaltic Airbus A220-300 (Bombardier CS300 – BD-500-1A11) YL-CSG (msn 55009) MUC (Gunter Mayer). Image: 954295.

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airBaltic announces flights to Corfu

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airBaltic has announced that starting on June 12 it will perform weekly summer seasonal flights between Riga and Greek island Corfu. The new route will be performed in cooperation with Mouzenidis Travel.

Destination served Flight frequency Start date Price *, GREEN Price *, GREEN Classic Price*, Business
Riga–Corfu 1 flight weekly June 12, 2021 79 EUR 125 EUR 399 EUR

This summer airBaltic offers more than 70 direct destinations from Riga, including seven destinations in Italy, six destinations in Greece and six destinations in Spain in addition to many other leisure destinations.

airBalticasks its passengers to strictly follow all of the rules and regulations issued by the relevant authorities. Passengers are strongly suggested to check the travel regulations and airport restrictions on the official websites or with local embassies before traveling. Regulations are changing rapidly and vary per country, therefore passengers are asked to always make sure they have the latest information to have a smooth journey.

Top Copyright Photo: airBaltic Airbus A220-300 (Bombardier CS300 – BD-500-1A11) YL-CSL (msn 55041) (Latvia 100) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 947205.

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airBaltic to build Baltic Cargo Hub at Riga Airport

airBaltic's 2019 Lithuania flag livery

airBaltic and Riga Airport have signed a land reservation agreement for building a new Baltic Cargo Hub at Riga Airport. The new cargo hangar will be the largest dedicated air cargo handling facility in the Baltics.

airBaltic was the winner of a tender for the rent of land and construction of multimodal logistics centre issued by Riga Airport in November 2020. According to initial plans, the planned size of the Baltic Cargo Hub is 6000 m2. It is currently planned to begin construction in late 2022 and finish the hangar by early 2024. The project will be financed through banks and operated by Baltijas Kravu centrs SIA – cargo handling subsidiary of airBaltic.

Top Copyright Photo: airBaltic Airbus A220-300 (Bombardier CS300 – BD-500-1A11) YL-CSK (msn 55039) (Lithuania) AMS (Karl Cornil). Image: 947447.

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airBaltic announces flights between Riga and Tenerife

airBaltic's 2019 Estonia flag livery

airBaltic has announced that starting on September 2, 2021, it plans to launch new scheduled flights between Riga and Tenerife in Spain. airBaltic has planned to operate flights between Riga and Tenerife three times a week with the Airbus A220-300 aircraft.

Destination served Flight frequency Start date Price *, GREEN Price *, GREEN Classic Price*, Business
Riga–Tenerife 3 flights weekly September 2, 2021 159 EUR 209 EUR 649 EUR

*Lowest fare (one way), including taxes, fees and service charges

This summer season airBaltic will also offer new safe connections between Riga and Heraklion (Greece), Santorini (Greece), Naples (Italy) and Edinburgh (United Kingdom).

On the financial side, the airline issued this report for 2020:

Due to the historical negative impact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,  air Baltic group closed 2020 with a revenue of EUR 143 million, which was 72% less than the year before. The group’s net result was negative EUR 265 million. Despite the severe travel restrictions, airBaltic carried 1.34 million passengers

Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic: “We saw a dramatic change last year, but airBaltic’s core vision for the future remains the same – to be the number one carrier in the Baltics, providing the best connectivity to and from the region. Last year, in the wake of the crisis, we significantly reduced our cost and adjusted the business plan Destination 2025 CLEAN.

We took a decision to permanently phase out Bombardier Q400 and Boeing 737 aircraft and became a single aircraft type operator of the Airbus A220-300 two year ahead of the original plan.”

“We look forward to an increase in travel demand that is now slightly showing some positive signals. We have developed several scenarios for the gradual market recovery. Our base scenario reduction is currently in line with the industry wide projections, and we are flexible to make further adjustments whenever necessary. To support our future return to profit, we will accept additional seven Airbus A220-300 aircraft in 2021,” Martin Gauss added.

Last year the airline connected Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius on a total of 76 routes, providing much-needed essential connectivity and cargo shipments for the region.

2020 2019 Change %
Revenue EUR 142.6 million EUR 509.0 million -72%
EBITDAR EUR -152.3 million EUR 126.4 million -221%
EBIT EUR -201.7 million EUR 27.2 million -841%
Net Result EUR -264.6 million EUR -9.1 million -2803%
Passengers 1.34 million 5.0 million -73%
Market share in the Baltics 37% 36% +1% pp
Flights 22 thousand 63 thousand -64%
Routes out of Riga, Tallinn, Vilnius 76 routes 88 routes -14%
Employees (year-end, airBaltic Group) 1.2 thousand 1.7 thousand -30%

Top Copyright Photo: airBaltic Airbus A220-300 (Bombardier CS300 – BD-500-1A11) YL-CSJ (msn 55038) (Estonia) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 947410.

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airBaltic to add new routes

airBaltic Airbus A220-300 (Bombardier CS300 - BD-500-1A11) YL-AAU (msn 55064) FRA (Marcelo F. De Biasi). Image: 951386.

airBaltic is launching new routes and restoring services:

The airline has announced plans to three weekly flights between Tallinn and Munich starting on May 1.

The carrier will also launch twice-weekly service between Riga and Heraklion commencing on May 15.

Also from Riga, airBaltic will add weekly service to Santorini in Greece beginning on June 5.

Finally the carrier will add the Riga – Naples route on June 4 with two flights a week.

Top Copyright Photo: airBaltic Airbus A220-300 (Bombardier CS300 – BD-500-1A11) YL-AAU (msn 55064) FRA (Marcelo F. De Biasi). Image: 951386.

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airBaltic carried 23,530 passengers in February, down 92% from last year

airBaltic in February 2021 has carried 23 530 passengers or 92% less than the year before. In February 2021, airBaltic performed 480 flights.

Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic: “We have reached our lowest traffic volumes since resuming scheduled operations last May. We still continue providing essential connectivity for those passengers that need to travel to and from the Baltics. As vaccination becomes more available, we expect for the passenger traffic to pick up again soon.”

During February 2021, the 15-minute flight punctuality indicator for airBaltic reached a level of 90%. This means that more than 90 out of every 100 airBaltic flights departed at the planned time or with a delay of no more than 15 minutes.

February, 2021 February, 2020 Change
Number of passengers 23530 285100 -92%
Number of flights 480 4140 -88%
15-minute flight punctuality indicator 90% 90% 0%-points

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airBaltic to offer over 2,500 flights during December and January, receives two more A220-300s

During December 2020 and January 2021, airBaltic is planning to perform over 2,500 flights on over 45 routes from all three Baltic countries. In December, the most popular destinations are Amsterdam, Oslo and London.

airBaltic data suggest that demand for flights during the upcoming holidays has, similarly to other years, significantly increased. Still, if compared to last year, the total number of passengers carried will be lower, as, due to restrictions, overall demand for leisure travel is very small, and most passengers today travel for work or visiting family.

Due to the increased demand, airBaltic has scheduled additional flights to Oslo from both Riga and Vilnius throughout December.

In other news, airBaltic on December 13, 2020 in Riga welcomed its 24th and 25th Airbus A220-300 jet, registered as YL-AAX and YL-AAY. The 24th and 25th Airbus A220-300 aircraft completes the planned deliveries for airBaltic in 2020. Both aircraft are part of the 50 Airbus A220-300 airBaltic has ordered. airBaltic holds 30 options for the same aircraft type.

Since May 2020, airBaltic operates all of its flights with a single aircraft type – Airbus A220-300, thus minimizing the complexity and benefiting from the additional efficiency provided by the aircraft.

Since introduction of the Airbus A220-300 aircraft in late 2016, airBaltic has carried over 5 600 000 passengers on the aircraft. Thus far, most passengers have been carried to such destinations as Amsterdam, Paris, London and Moscow. Airbus A220-300’s have completed close to 60 000 flights and flown over 141 000 block hours.

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airBaltic announces its summer 2021 schedule, traffic down 88%

airBaltic has published its flight schedule for the upcoming summer season that will begin on March 28, 2021. The airline plans to connect Riga with 65 destinations across its network, and to launch five new routes.

In 2021, airBaltic plans to launch new routes from Riga to Manchester in the United Kingdom, Yekaterinburg in Russia, Yerevan in Armenia as well as Bergen and Trondheim in Norway. The airline also hopes to resume flights on 17 other routes that, due to restrictions, were not served in summer 2020.

Currently airBaltic performs direct flights from Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius to various European business hubs and popular leisure destinations.

Meanwhile on the traffic side, during November 2020, airBaltic operated around 1 000 flights. The 15-minute flight punctuality indicator for airBaltic during November 2020 reached a level of 97.15%. This means that more than 97 out of every 100 airBaltic flights departed at the planned time or with a delay of no more than 15 minutes.

November, 2020 November, 2019 Change
Number of passengers 43100 346400 -88%
Number of flights 1000 4500 -77%
Routes operated 38 61 -23
15-minute flight punctuality indicator 97.15% 89.62% +7.53%-points
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airBaltic resumes flights to nine destinations from Riga

airBaltic has made this announcement:

airBaltic has announced that as of today (September 7) it has resumed flights between Riga and nine additional destinations. In total, airBaltic now connects Riga with 35 destinations across Europe.

As of today, airBaltic has resumed flights from Riga to Amsterdam, Brussels, Dublin, Gothenburg, Lisbon, Prague, Reykjavik, Vienna and Zurich.