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European Commission approved airBaltic equity increase of 45 Million Euro

The European Commission on December 21, 2021, under EU State aid rules, has approved a part of the Latvian government's investment of €45 million into the equity of the Latvian airline airBaltic to compensate the losses caused by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and to support overcoming the economic crisis. Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic: “Th...

Number of flights at Riga Airport grows in October

Operational data on Airport performance show that in October, almost 4 800 aircraft were handled at Riga Airport, carrying 351 thousand passengers or half of the number handled in October 2019, and 2 500 tonnes of cargo, which is seven percent more than in October 2019. The number of both passenger and cargo flights increased by several percentage points in October as compared to th...

Riga Airport - the number of cargo flights handled keeps growing

Operational data show that the number of cargo flights serviced at Riga Airport continued to grow in September, showing a 56 percent increase as compared to the corresponding period of 2019.  This September, the Airport handled 214 cargo flights, and from January to September a total of almost 2 000 cargo flights, which is 47 % more than in the first nine months of 2019. The incr...

The 32th is home - airBaltic received its Airbus A220-300

On October 2, 2021, airBaltic welcomed its 32nd Airbus A220-300 jet, registered as YL-ABF, in Riga.This is the seventh and final Airbus A220-300 aircraft delivery for airBaltic in 2021. This aircraft is a part of the 50Airbus A220-300 which airBaltic has ordered. In addition, airBaltic holds 30 options and purchase rights for th...

Perfect age, continued development - airBaltic marks 26th anniversary

October 2021 airBaltic celebrates its 26th anniversary since the launch of commercial operations.  Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic: “Since the pandemic began, airBaltic has undergone significant transformation, accelerating change that is necessary for future growth. We have achieved major milestones over the past 26 years and we...

airBaltic launched flights to Dubai

airBaltic launched direct flights between Riga and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. airBaltic now connects both cities with four weekly flights.  Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic: “We are proud to offer our passengers such a unique destination as Dubai, which now connects the Baltic region with the United Arab Emirates with one of the longe...

airBaltic to recruit 320 additional crew by summer 2022

airBaltic announces 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 deman...

The 31st Airbus A220-300 reached home of airBaltic

On September 16, 2021 airBaltic welcomed its 31st Airbus A220-300 jet, registered as YL-ABE, in Riga. This is the sixth out of seven planned Airbus A220-300 aircraft deliveries for airBaltic in 2021. This aircraft is a part of the 50 Airbus A220-300 which airBaltic has ordered. In addition, airBaltic&nbs...

Graduation time - six students got commercial pilot license at airBaltic Pilot Academy

Six students graduated from the Latvian airline’s airBaltic Pilot Academy, receiving a commercial pilot license upon completion of the full-time airline transport pilot program. In addition, already the 10th group of thirteen students began their professional pilot studies. Pauls Cālītis, airBaltic Chief Operations Officer: “We are proud that...

Self-service baggage lines are open at Riga Airport

Four self-service baggage drop-off points are now open at Riga Airport, and the national airline airBaltic is the first to offer its passengers the opportunity to use this new Airport service. The self-service baggage drop-off points are located in the Airport’s departure hall at check-in desks No. 8-11, where airBaltic passengers who have already checked in for a...

Riga Airport starts operating the new rapid exit taxiway

As of today, 9 September, Riga Airport starts operating the second rapid exit taxiway that has been constructed with the support of the Cohesion Fund (CF). The new rapid exit taxiway was first used early Thursday morning by an aircraft of the national airline airBalticarriving in Riga from Turku: https://ej.uz/rixrapidtaxiway The rapid exit taxiway permits decreasing the distance o...

airBaltic received its 30th Airbus A220-300

On August 30, 2021, airBaltic welcomed its 30th Airbus A220-300 jet, registered as YL-ABD, in Riga. This is the fifth out of seven planned Airbus A220-300 aircraft deliveries for airBaltic in 2021. This aircraft is a part of the 50 Airbus A220-300 which airBaltic has ordered. In addition, airBaltic holds...