Category Archives: airBaltic

airBaltic becomes largest the Airbus A220-300 operator in the world and the largest A220 operator in Europe

airBaltic launches flights to Dubai

airBaltic yesterday launched direct flights between Riga and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. airBaltic now connects both cities with four weekly flights.

Destination served Flight frequency Start date Price *, GREEN Price *, GREEN Classic Price*, Business
Riga–Dubai 4 flights weekly September 27, 2021 339 EUR 439 EUR 1 389 EUR

Flights between Riga and Dubai are operated by the Airbus A220-300aircraft.

airBaltic to recruit 320 additional crew by summer 2022

airBaltic has announced that by summer 2022 it expects to recruit 320 additional crew – 120 pilots and 200 cabin crew members. airBaltic group plans to primarily rehire its former pilots who had to be released due to the pandemic and airBaltic Pilot Academy graduates.

Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic: “We are pleased to see a growing demand for travel and have launched various new destinations this year. In line with an increasing vaccination coverage worldwide and eased travel restrictions, we are ready to scale our flight operations again. That is why we have come to a decision to rehire our former employees and add new team members to our crew for the next summer season.”

“In 2022, we also plan to receive eight additional brand new Airbus A220-300 aircraft. By hiring additional flight crew now, we will continue our preparations for performing flights with a fleet of 40 aircraft which we expect to have by the end of 2022,” Martin Gauss added.

In addition to pilots, the airline will be welcoming also experienced cabin crew members, as well as candidates with no prior experience in aviation. The rehiring process will start this autumn and will proceed in stages until the beginning of summer 2022. Overall, airBaltic currently employs 1366 people, including 200 pilots and 342 cabin crew.

airBaltic surpasses its 2019 number of routes

airBaltic Airbus A220-300 (Bombardier CS300 - BD-500-1A11) YL-CSD (msn 55006) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 955060.

airBaltic has announced that by connecting Baltic region with almost 90 routes across Europe and beyond, the airline has managed to surpass the number of routes offered during the same period in 2019.

Currently airBaltic continues to offer significant connectivity from Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius to leading European business centers and transit hubs. In addition, airBaltic offers a wide variety of leisure destinations from Riga, Latvia.

Health and safety:

The safety and health of our passengers is airBaltic’s top priority. airBaltic has introduced strong health measures and the flight operations follow the recommendations issued by authorities.

airBaltic asks 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 travelling. 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-CSD (msn 55006) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 955060.

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airBaltic launches flights to Tenerife

airBaltic on September 2 launched flights between Riga and Tenerife, Spain. airBaltic now connects both cities with three weekly flights.

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, on www.airBaltic.com, subject to availability

Flights between Riga and Tenerife are operated by the Airbus A220-300 aircraft.

airBaltic decreases its net loss threefold in the first half of 2021

airBaltic Airbus A220-300 (Bombardier CS300 - BD-500-1A11) YL-CSJ (msn 55038) (Estonia) MUC (Gunter Mayer). Image: 954826.

airbaltic has made this announcement:

As a result of the Coronavirus crisis, revenue and the number of passengers carried by the Latvian airline airBaltic has significantly decreased, and according to airBaltic’s unaudited consolidated financial results for the first six months of 2021, the group suffered loss of EUR 61.5 million.

Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic: “Even though our revenue in the first six months of 2021 has further decreased, this summer has seen more promise, as we managed to carry a larger number of passengers than in summer months of 2020 and reduce our net loss three times compared to the six months of 2020.”

“With the significant cost reduction carried out in 2020 and focusing only on the Airbus A220-300, we are now in a much better position for the future return to normal. 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,” Martin Gauss added.

During the first six months of 2021, the revenue of the group reached EUR 50.0 million or 40% less than during the same period last year. The number of passengers carried, and flights performed by the airline decreased by 59% and 51% respectively.

H1 2021 H1 2020 Change %
Revenue EUR 50.0 million EUR 82.5 million (40%)
Net loss EUR (61.5) million EUR (184.8) million n/a
Passengers 0.3 million 0.8 million (59%)
Flights 6 110 12 501 (51%)

Top Copyright Photo: airBaltic Airbus A220-300 (Bombardier CS300 – BD-500-1A11) YL-CSJ (msn 55038) (Estonia) MUC (Gunter Mayer). Image: 954826.

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airBaltic is get a cash infusion from the Republic of Latvia

airbaltic made this announcement:

To compensate the losses caused by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and to support overcoming the economic crisis, the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Latvia, as the majority shareholder of the Latvian airline airBaltic, has today, on August 17, approved the investment of EUR 90 million into the equity of airBaltic. It is now subject to the approval of the European Commission.

The investment is planned to be returned to the Latvian state in form of proceeds from selling shares during a planned initial public offering of airBaltic in the future.

When the pandemic started in 2020, the company performed a significant cost reduction program and preserved around 1000 employees which were required to maintain the operation of the airline. The equity received in 2020 has been used responsibly to maintain the company’s operations and cover expenses that could not have been avoided due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

airBaltic is a strategic facilitator of the Latvian economy and is responsible for more than 2.5% of the Latvian GDP. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the number of passengers carried by airBaltic decreased by 73% in 2020, and significantly influenced company’s operations. To support the local economy, Latvian government provided and continues to provide aid to all industries heavily affected by the crisis, including airBaltic.

airBaltic becomes the first airline to implement sustainable flight RNP AR approaches at Riga Airport

airBaltic has become first airline to fly the new Required Navigation Performance with Authorization Required (RNP AR) high-precision flight approaches at Riga Airport with the company’s modern Airbus A220-300 aircraft fleet.

These procedures enable more efficient arrival routes and contribute to saving fuel, further cutting CO2 and noise emissions.

Already in 2014, airBaltic in cooperation with consortium partners AirbusProSky and Latvijas Gaisa Satiksme completes the AMBER project under the Atlantic Interoperability Initiative to Reduce Emissions (AIRE). The project enabled operation of Europe’s first green flights for turboprop aircraft by introducing a satellite-based approach and served a foundation for future efficiency projects. As a result, estimated annual impact amounted to 1100 tons less CO2 and 350 tons less fuel burned.

In other news, the company accepted its 28th Airbus A220-300 (YL-ABB) (below)

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.

Route Map:

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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