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New destination with airBaltic - Rhodes

airBaltic will operate a new direct seasonal route from Riga to Rhodes in Greece starting on August 6, 2020. The new flights will be performed two times weekly on an Airbus A220-300 aircraft. Martin Gauss, CEO of airBaltic: We are pleased to offer our travellers another popular summer destination to the Greek island of Rhodes as well as connecting travellers from the...

Time to celebrate - Flight Consulting Group 20th anniversary

Happy 20th anniversary Flight Consulting Group! The company has ambitious goals to expand in European market by scaling the concept of its business aviation center across its ground handling network. Over the past 20 years, Flight Consulting Group has made all the way from a charter flight management and non-scheduled flights handling provider at Riga International Airport to a mark...

airBaltic Pilot Academy Receives Eighth Diamond Aircraft

Last week airBaltic Training has accepted already its eighth Diamond Aircraft training aircraft for airBaltic Pilot Academy. Pauls Cālītis, airBaltic Chief Operations Officer: “Our Pilot Academy has managed to gain significant track record and continue its expansion. We have worked hard to offer opportunities for students to benefit greatly while learning from the first-hand experience...

Diamond Aircraft Authorized Service Centre established by airBaltic Training

Diamond Aircraft Industries continues to expand its technical support network in Europe.  airBaltic Training has received certification to establish an Authorized Service Centre for Diamond Aircraft at its base in Liepaja International Airport, Latvia. Pauls Cālītis, airBaltic Chief Operations Officer: “Our state-of-the-art Diamond Aircraft&nbs...

airBaltic reaches 60 000 passengers in June

In June 2020, Latvian airline airBaltic has carried 60 409 passengers from all three Baltic capitals to its network spanning Europe and Scandinavia. Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic: “June was the first full month since we resumed our operations on May 18. It is evident that demand for flights is returning. Each week we carry a growin...

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...