Riga, 10.08.2015.

The Latvian airline airBaltic has introduced additional safety measures following the incident when its crew was removed before operating the flight BT7843 from Oslo, Norway, to Chania on the Greek Island of Crete on August 8 due to alcohol abuse.

Safety is the top priority for airBaltic. Up to Saturday, 8 August 2015, airBaltic performed random breathalyser tests for its crew every single day, 365 days a year. airBaltic has increased the amount of the daily tests with immediate effect. Furthermore, airBaltic has decided to introduce pre-duty breathalyser tests for 100% of the safety-critical personnel.

 airBaltic has suspended the four individuals involved in the Oslo-Chania flight and is preparing for their dismissal due to the damage caused. airBaltic apologizes for the inconvenience to our customers. airBaltic thanks the Norwegian airport and police authorities for their contribution towards enforcing airBaltic safety principles.

airBaltic has several layers of control mechanism to ensure the safety of all airBaltic-operated flights. Procedures are in place to ensure potential mistakes of human factor are addressed. airBaltic reiterates that it has zero tolerance for diverting from the safety principles.

airBaltic serves over 60 destinations from its home base in Riga, Latvia. From every one of these locations, airBaltic offers convenient connections via Riga to its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, CIS and the Middle East. In addition, airBaltic also offers new direct flights from Tallinn and Vilnius.

airBaltic (AIR BALTIC CORPORATION) is the world’s most punctual airline connecting Riga, Latvia, with 60 destinations in Europe, the Middle East, and the CIS. airBaltic is a joint stock company that was established in 1995. Its primary shareholder is the Latvian state, which holds 99.8% of the stock. The airBaltic fleet consists of 25 aircraft – 13 Boeing 737 and 12 Bombardier Q400Next Gen. airBaltic has received numerous international awards for excellence, innovative services, and achievements in reshaping its business. In 2012, airBaltic was ranked by Airlinetrends among the Top 10 airlines globally for innovations. airBaltic achieved the best on-time performance globally in 2014.

For further information, please contact:

Janis Vanags, Vice President Corporate Communications
A/S Air Baltic Corporation
Riga International Airport
LV-1053 Riga, Latvia
Tel. (+371) 6720 7726
E-mail: janis.vanags@airBaltic.lv