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New codeshare agreement: airBaltic and Icelandair

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 airBalti...

Mr. Tālis Linkaits, Minister of Transport of the Republic of Latvia on restart of national aviation industry

If we say Latvia, what will be you first association? If you are aviation professional or related to aviation industry, we bet the first thing you will say - airBaltic, Riga. 50skyshades was closely monitoring how Latvian national airline lived the corona crisis, as well as latest updates from Riga International Airport. We had an opportunity to discuss with Mr. Tālis Linkaits, Minister of T...

Riga Airport joined EASA COVID-19 prevention charter

Riga Airport has joined the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Charter to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, demonstrating that the company is ready to work according to the highest aviation epidemiological safety standards and to cooperate on the national and international level to reduce the risks of spreading the disease. The EASA Charter, which has currently been signed by 22...

Summer 2021- airBaltic to offer 21% more routes - 82

airBaltic has announced the new network of the summer 2021 with the first 15 seasonal destinations from Riga that in 2020 were postponed due to COVID-19 outbreak. In total airBaltic will offer 82 routes for next summer season, which is +21% more, compared to this year. In addition, for summer season 2021 airBaltic will also increase the frequency on several popular destina...

European Commission Approves airBaltic Equity Increase of 250 Million Euro

The European Commission on July 3, 2020, under EU State aid rules, has approved the Latvian government's investment of €250 million into the equity of the Latvian airline airBaltic to contribute to overcome the economic crisis caused by COVID-19 and resume growth. The European Commission points out that EU Member States introduced various travel restrictions in the second qua...

Flights to London by airBaltic from all three Baltic States

After receiving all of the necessary permissions, airBaltic plans to resume direct flights from Riga to London on July 1 and from Tallinn to London on July 4. In addition, the airline will launch new direct flights from Vilnius to London on July 1. Martin Gauss, CEO of airBaltic: “The safety and health of our passengers remains the highest priority. We have introduced...

Riga Airport to reconstruct part of the runway and build new rapid exit taxiway

Using the state aid, which enables Riga Airport to implement the most important infrastructure development projects, large-scale construction works were started at the Airport in June - reconstruction of the runway surface and construction of  a second rapid exit taxiway. The change of the asphalt pavement of the aerodrome infrastructure will be performed in a total length of 5.7 kilomet...

airBaltic joins EASA programme to monitor COVID-19 operations in practice

Latvian airline airBaltic has become one of the first airlines to join EASA charter for the return to normal operations under COVID-19, pledging to work with their national authorities to put measures in place to support health safety. Pauls Cālītis, COO of airBaltic: “Safety and health of our passengers stand above all. We at airBaltic are working hard...

Results of four weeks of resumed operations for airBaltic

During the first four weeks of resumed operations, airBaltic has carried over 27 000 passengers to and from the Baltic capitals. Each week the number of passengers carried continues to increase. Martin Gauss, CEO of airBaltic: “It is our main aim to connect the Baltics to the world, and we are glad to resume flights to major European business hubs as well as popular le...

Accelerated opening of popular summer destinations by airBaltic

After receiving all of the necessary permissions, airBaltic plans to resume direct flights from Riga to nine popular summer leisure destinations between June 15 and July 7. Martin Gauss, CEO of airBaltic: “Many European countries will again open their borders for tourists. People are resuming to plan their summer vacations or just a short break after a long time of n...

airBaltic connects again Riga and Paris

After receiving all of the necessary permissions, airBaltic plans to resume direct flights from Riga to Paris and from Paris to Riga on June 9, two days earlier than planned before.  Martin Gauss, CEO of airBaltic: “Until the crisis began, we provided the best connectivity to and from all three Baltic capitals. We will continue this path by gradually adding n...

Green tails, green tickets - new ticket types by airBaltic

In July 2020, Latvian airline airBaltic will introduce revised ticket types for its flights. Passengers will be able to select Green, Green Plus, Green Classic or Business class tickets tailored to better suit each traveller’s needs. Martin Gauss, CEO of airBaltic: “We are continuing to revise our business model and adjust to the new reality, where...