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airBaltic 26th Airbus 220-300 delivery and takeover of its passenger handling at Riga Airport

On May 2, 2021 airBaltic welcomed its 26th Airbus A220-300 jet, registered as YL-AAZ, in Riga. This is the first out of seven planned Airbus A220-300 aircraft deliveries for airBaltic in 2021. This aircraft is a part of the 50Airbus A220-300 which airBaltic has ordered. In addition, airBaltic holds 30 options for the same a...

Total of 96 routes in 2021 - airBaltic adds new flights

airBaltic announces that starting from July it will launch new destinations from Riga to Valencia in Spain, Pisa in Italy and Kos in Greece. This year the company will offer a network of more than 96 routes from the Baltics, including eight newly announced routes from Riga. Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic: “As vaccination rates improve across Europe, we se...

New airBaltic Baltic Cargo Hub at Riga Airport

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. Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic: “For years airBaltic Cargo has provided essential mail and cargo shipments to and f...

airBaltic increased checked baggage weight allowance

Great news for everyone who will fly with airBaltic!  As of April 21, 2021 each unit of checked baggage registered for airBaltic flights can now reach 23 kilograms of weight, an increase of three kilograms. Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic: “During the last year we have been revising our product. We introduced new ticket types, provided additio...

One week - 3 announced destinations from Riga by airBaltic - Heraklion, Santorini and Naples

airBaltic announced it plans to launch new scheduled flights between Riga and Heraklion, Santorini and Naples. Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic: “We are optimistic about the upcoming summer season. If travel in general will be possible and the epidemiological situation will improve as the vaccination levels increase, demand for air travel will return....

SmartLynx carries vaccines to support the fight against COVID

Some of the most valuable commodities on the planet at present are the vaccines being used in the fight against COVID-19. Ever since the first days of the pandemic, SmartLynx Airlines Cargo has been playing its part on the pandemic frontline by helping deliver life-saving medical goods, supplies, and equipment wherever they were needed around the world. Over one year later and SmartLynx is stil...

First in the Baltics employing A-CDM procedures - Riga Airport

Riga Airport becomes the first and so far only airport in the Baltic States to join more then 30 European airports employing A-CDM (Airport Collaborative Decision Making) procedures which allow for significantly improving service quality and safety for airspace users and passengers.  The introduction of A-CDM, which was a joint effort of the air navigation service provider state joint stoc...

airBaltic CEO Martin Gauss on how airBaltic will fly out of the crisis

On March 24, 2021 we had almost two hours with the President and CEO of the Latvian airline airBaltic Martin Gauss. To be more exact, he held a public briefing gathering over 650 guests to give a clear overview how airBaltic is flying out of the crisis. Once again, we would like to thank him for this, for his clear explanation of how the company works during...

A collaboration on drone innovations - airBaltic and LMT

Latvian national airline airBaltic and Latvian mobile telecommunications operator LMT have signed an agreement for collaboration within the drone industry. The agreement foresees a joined development of various drone solutions overseen by general aviation and the development of LMT’s learning program for drone pilots. Both companies will also collaborate on...

Electronic Flight Plans for pilots - introduced by airBaltic

airBaltic has recently introduced a new sustainability project, replacing pilot briefing packages with electronic operational flight plans that airBaltic pilots will be able to access on their iPads. Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic: “We introduced iPads for our pilots already back in 2014, saving vast amounts of printed paper each year...

airBaltic resumes flights outside EU

airBaltic announces that starting from March 17 it plans to resume flights from Riga to Kyiv for those passengers that are travelling for essential reasons. airBaltic will resume additional flights outside the European Union starting from March 28.​ Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic: “Now that flights from Latvia to countries outside the European Union...

Riga Airport - COVID-19 crisis causes loss of 15.5 Million, turnover drops by half

Due to the significant decrease in the number of passengers and flights caused by the global pandemic of the coronavirus COVID-19, Riga Airport ended last year with a loss of 15.5 million euros, according to the company's unaudited interim report for 2020. Compared to 2019, the company's net turnover dropped by 54% last year.  In 2019, the net turnover of Riga Airport was almost...