airBaltic expands Vilnius with two new routes to Dublin & London Gatwick
airBaltic has today said it will begin two additional routes from its Vilnius, Lithuania, base – its third-largest base by seats after Riga, Latvia, and Tallinn, Estonia.
The carrier previously operated both routes, but not for nearly a decade.
London Gatwick will begin on 15 June and Dublin on 16 June – just 10 and 11 days from announcement to service.
airBaltic now only operates 145-seat A220-300s as it withdrew its B737-300s and Dash-8-400s as a result of coronavirus.
|Routing||Start date||Weekly frequency||Direct competition (WF)||Indirect competition (WF)|
|Vilnius – Dublin||16 June||2||Ryanair (2)||None|
|Vilnius – London Gatwick||15 June||3||None||LOT Polish: London City (12); Ryanair: London Luton (2); Ryanair: London Southend (2) Ryanair: London Stansted (3); Wizz Air: Luton (11); Wizz Air: Southend (10)|
|Source: OAG Schedules Analyser. Note: while LOT Polish and Wizz Air have flights in the week airBaltic will begin its Gatwick route, Ryanair does not. Given this, the first week of July, when Ryanair’s Vilnius services resume, is used.|
In addition to Gatwick and Dublin, airBaltic’s new Vilnius – Dubrovnik service, which was previously announced and due to start in May, will now begin on 6 July.
A ‘Baltics full house’ for Gatwick while Dublin the Irish capital
airBaltic has served Gatwick from Riga and Tallinn for many years. Last year, it had 190,000 seats to/from Riga and 93,000 to/from Tallinn.
It returned to Dublin in 2019 (from Riga) after last serving the Irish capital in 2012. It had 46,000 seats at Dublin last year.
Five London airports will now have Vilnius service across four airlines
By serving Gatwick, Vilnius will be connected to five London airports: City, Gatwick, Luton, Southend, and Stansted. Only Heathrow remains unserved, which will almost certainly not change.
Last year, London – Vilnius had 566,000 seats, up 9% YOY from LOT Polish’s new service to London City and Ryanair’s growth (+11%) from beginning Southend and expanding Luton.
This offset Wizz Air’s decline (-20%) from reducing Luton in favour of Southend.
Ryanair was the London – Vilnius market leader with a 45% share of seats.