Airlines airBaltic suspends all flight operations from March 17

The Government of Latvia has made the decision to suspend all international air traffic starting on March 17 in order to limit the spread of Coronavirus.

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airBaltic has announced, that all connections will be temporarily suspended starting on March 17 until April 14, 2020. This includes flights of airBaltic from Estonia and Lithuania. The decision was concluded by the Government of Latvia in order to slow down the spread of the Coronavirus.

Martin Gauss, CEO of airBaltic commented: “The safety and health of our passengers, our employees and the society is above all! airBaltic is working intensively to assist all passengers affected. Due to the amount of rebookings needed, we ask for understanding from our customers that we are doing our utmost to deal with this extraordinary situation.”

The carrier stated that all affected passengers have been contacted by the airline. AirBaltic is currently working in a commercial crisis since the end of February. An action group has been established at the company, which constantly evaluates the situation and takes necessary measures during the Coronavirus crisis.

In order to serve the large number of passengers willing to travel to and from Riga before the suspension, airBaltic has added additional flights for today. The carrier will implement additional services between Riga and London, Paris, Moscow, Brussels, Dublin, Zurich, Dusseldorf and Vienna.

airBaltic currently serves flights to over 70 destinations in Europe, the Middle East and the CIS. The fleet consists of 38 aircraft, 22 Airbus A220-300s, 21 Bombardier Q-400 Next Generation and four Boeing 737 aircraft.

During the Coronavirus crises, many airlines had to reduce their flight programme due to the low demand. Lufthansa had to cancel nearly 70% of all flights, while SAS is currently in talks to temporarily suspend all flights just like airBaltic.

For the whole industry, this crisis is extraordinary. FlyBe was the first airline that had to file for administration, after flight demand dropped to a historical low. Other airlines like Alitalia are still struggling to survive.

In order to always stay up to date, we recommend to closely monitor AVIPEO.COM over the next days, as we provide you with all the latest and most important news of the industry.

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