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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.


COVID-19 causes EUR 185 million consolidated loss for airBaltic in the first half of 2020

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 2020, the group suffered loss of EUR 184.8 million.

Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic: “We began this year on a solid track, continuing our sustainable growth path in both January and February. The following months, though, proved to be the largest crisis in aviation history. It led to airBaltic being forced to suspend flights for 62 days and see a significant reduction in demand for air travel.”

“To counteract the crisis, we swiftly cut our capacity and costs, adjusted our business plan Destination 2025 CLEAN as well as secured financing from our shareholders. With that, when the market recovers, we will be in an excellent position to fully redeploy our efficient Airbus A220-300 fleet,” Martin Gauss added.

During the first six months of 2020, the revenue of the group reached EUR 82.5 million or 62% less than during the same period last year. The number of passengers carried, and flights performed by the airline decreased by 64% and 58% respectively.

H1 2020 H1 2019 Change %
Revenue EUR 82.5 million EUR 219.5 million (62%)
Net loss EUR (184.8) million EUR (26.6) million n/a
Passengers 0.8 million 2.2 million (64%)
Flights 12501 29733 (58%)

airBaltic and Airbus revise A220-300 delivery schedule to complete firm order in 2024

airBaltic and Airbus have signed an agreement on a revised Airbus A220-300 delivery schedule for the remaining 28 jets airBaltic has on order. It will complete the firm order of 50 Airbus A220-300 jets by early 2024.

The airline plans to receive three additional Airbus A220-300 aircraft by the end of 2020. airBaltic also holds options for an additional 30 aircraft of the same type.

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airBaltic to receive EUR 250 million in new equity

airBaltic is acquiring new capitalization:

The shareholders of the Latvian airline airBaltic have approved the final decision of the Republic of Latvia to invest EUR 250 million into the equity of airBaltic in order to overcome the economic crisis caused by COVID-19.

Following the approval from the European Commission on July 3, the Latvian government will invest EUR 250 million into the equity of airBaltic.

On April 23, the Supervisory Board of the Latvian airline airBaltic approved the new business plan of the company presented by the management of airBaltic. The new plan foresees a reduced fleet, initially resuming operations with 22 Airbus A220-300 aircraft. The new plan takes into account the reduced capacity for the years 2020 and 2021, while at the same time foresees return to growth with up to 50 Airbus A220-300 aircraft by the end of 2023. The additional 30 options of Airbus A220-300 remain for future growth.

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airBaltic and Icelandair announce codeshare agreement

Icelandair and airBaltic have signed a codeshare agreement that opens new markets for the carriers by allowing them to sell and issue airline tickets jointly throughout their networks. airBaltic customers will benefit from convenient access to Iceland and North America. At the same time, Icelandair passengers can now purchase a ticket to a number of airBaltic destinations in the Baltics and beyond.

Currently airBaltic performs direct flights from Riga to various European business hubs and to such popular leisure destinations as Dubrovnik, Rijeka and Split in Croatia, Barcelona in Spain, Nice in France, Larnaca in Cyprus as well as Rome, Catania and Milan in Italy. In addition, during upcoming weeks airBaltic will launch direct flights from Riga to Billund (Denmark), Reykjavik (Iceland), Madrid (Spain), Zurich (Switzerland), Turku (Finland), Warsaw (Poland), Prague (Czech Republic), Stuttgart (Germany), Budapest (Hungary) and Liepaja (Latvia). By the end of August 2020, airBaltic plans to connect Baltics on 69 routes. airBaltic also offers various direct services from Tallinn and Vilnius.

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 (airBaltic.com) 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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airBaltic to resume flights on May 18 with new measures

As of May 18, airBaltic will resume direct flights from all three Baltic capitals – Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius. To limit the spread of the virus airBaltic  has implemented several new health measures.

As of May 18, before the security check at Riga Airport, passengers’ body temperature will be measured and passengers with a temperature above 37.8°C will be denied boarding. Affected passengers will be informed and instructed on further procedures.

The aircraft cabin disinfection will be done with increased regularity. All passengers on board of airBaltic aircraft will be provided with a complimentary basic care kit consisting of a protective face mask and disinfection wipes. airBaltic passengers will need to wear a protective face mask all time on board during flights.

Also crew members will be wearing a protective face mask and gloves. airBaltic cabin crew are instructed on the steps that have to be taken in case of some passengers on board might be infected with coronavirus, and all aircraft are equipped with the necessary preventive equipment. Additionally, airline will introduce an adjusted inflight service, replacing inflight magazines with disposable information on hygiene and catering menu.

According to the World Health Organization, there is minimal risk of any communicable disease being transmitted onboard an aircraft. The quality of cabin air is carefully controlled and is recirculated with ventilation rates that provide a total change of air 20-30 times per hour. Airbus A220-300 recirculation filter is a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) type filter that provides the best level of filtration currently available for recirculated cabin air.

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 always make sure you have the latest information to have a smooth journey.

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airBaltic further reduces capacity for the upcoming months, parks its last Boeing 737

Type Retired: March 16, 2020 (flight BT405 KBP-RIX with YL-BBY)

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.

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airBaltic carries face masks and respirators to Latvia

airBaltic made this announcement:

After a request from National Health Service of the Republic of Latvia this weekend airBaltic performed a special cargo flight to and from Ürümqi Diwopu International Airport in China, bringing 900,000 face masks and 80,000 respirators made in Zhengzhou and Yiwu regions to Latvia.

The special flight with airBaltic Airbus A220-300, registered as YL-CSI, departed from Riga on March 28, 2020 at 08:11, local time and landed in Ürümqi Diwopu International Airport at 19:57, local time. The special flight landed back in Riga on March 29 at 00:10 local time.

The total flight time to the Ürümqi Diwopu International Airport was 5 hours and 46 minutes, but the flight back on March 29 took 6 hours and 35 minutes. airBaltic with Airbus A220-300 aircraft covered 4 815 km nonstop distance one way between Riga International Airport and the Ürümqi Diwopu International Airport.

This task was executed in close cooperation with the National Health Service, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia, AirLink Aviation Services and Wish Global.

Overall, 619 boxes, 5.1 tons or 47 cubic meters of approximately 900 000 face masks and 80 000 respirators were carried. Three pilots and two technicians were on board the aircraft to perform the flight.

In order to meet increasing demand for delivery of cargo from China to Europe during COIVD-19 crisis, airBaltic in cooperation with its cargo representative – logistic company Wish Global and technical support of Airlink Aviation Services, has developed supply chain solution for cargo shipments from practically any big city in China to Baltics and beyond using our passenger aircraft, as cargo charters.

All photos by the airline.

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