airBaltic takes flight on new services from Riga and Tallinn

airBaltic Gdansk

airBaltic launched flights to Gdansk on 27 March, a route for which Riga Airport baked a naval-inspired cake. Carrying out the cutting are: Laura Audariņa, Route Development Manager, Riga Airport; Wolfgang Reuss, SVP Network Management, airBaltic; and Liene Freivalde, Director of the Aviation Service and Business Development Department, Riga Airport. airBaltic will operate the route between Latvia and Poland three times weekly using its fleet of Q400s.

airBaltic Lisbon

airBaltic also inaugurated flights to Lisbon from Riga on 27 March. Liene Freivalde, Director of the Aviation Service and Business Development Department, Riga Airport and Mantas Vrubliauskas, Network Development Manager at airBaltic had the pleasure of carrying out the ribbon cutting to officially open the 3,135-kilometre link between the capitals of Latvia and Portugal. airBaltic will operate flights on the city pair twice-weekly (Tuesdays and Fridays) using its CS300s.

airBaltic Tallinn Gatwick

Tallinn Airport also welcomed expansion with airBaltic for the start of the S18 schedule, with the carrier launching a new twice-weekly (Tuesdays and Saturdays) service to London Gatwick. Present at the launch on 27 March were Wolfgang Reuss, SVP Network Management, airBaltic and Eero Pärgmäe, CCO of Tallinn Airport.

  • airBaltic inaugurated its S18 schedule with the launch of four new routes. The carrier now links Riga (RIX) to Gdansk (GDN), Lisbon (LIS) and Malaga (AGP), while Tallinn (TLL) has gained a connection to London Gatwick (LGW). Apart from the 446-kilometre route between the Latvian capital and Gdansk which will be operated three times weekly, the remaining three routes, which have an average sector length of 2,676 kilometres, will see a twice-weekly rotation. Only flights between Tallinn and Gatwick will face direct competition, with easyJet offering a twice-weekly service (increasing to three times weekly during peak summer). Indirect competition is also provided on the Estonian–UK capital connection, with British Airways offering a twice-weekly link to London Heathrow, while Ryanair provides four weekly flights from Tallinn to London Stansted. airBaltic will launch more routes in the coming weeks from Riga, namely Almaty, Bordeaux, Kaliningrad, Sochi/Adler and Split.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition
27-Mar Riga (RIX) Gdansk (GDN) Q400 (3)  
Lisbon (LIS) CS30 (2)  
Tallinn (TLL) London Gatwick (LGW) B737 (2) easyJet (2)
28-Mar Riga (RIX) Malaga (AGP) CS30 (2)  
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 3 April. WF = Weekly frequencies.

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