Airlines airBaltic announces network expansion for Summer 2020
Latvian airline airBaltic has announced a major network expansion for the upcoming Summer 2020 flight schedule.
Over the course of the Summer 2020 flight schedule, airBaltic has announced 13 new routes. Especially Tallinn in Estonia and Vilnius in Lithuania will see new destinations being added. All three Baltic capitals will benefit from this route expansion.
For the next summer season, airBaltic will commence flights from Tallinn to Rome, Hamburg, Zurich and Nice, as the airline announced previously. Vilnius on the other hand will see the introduction of direct flights to Hamburg, Zurich and Gothenburg. These routes will be launched in March, while flights to Dubrovnik and Rijeka will begin in May.
From Riga, the airline will launch new flights to Manchester, Yerevan, Bergen and Trondheim. The airline has released that the new routes are already bookable.
Martin Gauss, CEO of airBaltic said: “As we continue to grow, we aim to provide the best connectivity to and from all three Baltic capitals. When evaluating, which destinations to launch from the Baltic capitals, we are at first looking for the most demanded ones among the local passengers. Because of that, we provide additional contribution to local airports, offering new travel opportunities. By next summer, we will already serve 16 destinations from Estonia, 11 from Lithuania and over 70 destinations from Latvia.”
Just recently, airBaltic celebrated the arrival of Airbus A220-300 number 21. This delivery marked the next phase in the airline´s fleet modernization plan. The aircraft was also delivered with a new livery, which features more green in the tail, representing the carrier´s commitment to more sustainable operations. The A220 aircraft are more fuel efficient compared to older 737 aircraft in the fleet.
Back in May 2018, airBaltic signed a firm commitment to purchase 30 A220-300 aircraft with the option to buy 30 more of the same type. By the end of 2020, airBaltic hopes to have 26 A220s in its fleet.
Regarding its A220 fleet, airBaltic wrote: "Thus far, airBaltic has carried over 4 000 000 passengers on the Airbus A220-300 aircraft with every second airBaltic passenger flying on the aircraft. Airbus A220-300’s have completed more than 40 000 flights and flown over 100 000 block hours [...] The Airbus A220-300 has performed beyond the company’s expectations, delivering better overall performance, fuel efficiency and convenience for both passengers and staff. This aircraft offers an excellent flying experience with such benefits for passengers as wider seats, larger windows, more hand luggage space in the cabin, improved lavatories and much more."
AirBaltic was founded in August 1995 and commenced operations two months later. Currently, the fleet consists of 21 Airbus A220-300s, five Boeing 737-300s and 12 De Havilland Canada DHC-8-400 Turboprops.
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