Our Network Planning and Development department is responsible for the development and design of airBaltic's route network and hub-bank structure according to company strategy, working out aircraft rotations and allocating aircraft capacity according to traffic demand and the creation of seasonal traffic programmes for the winter and summer seasons.
Network planners analyze competition from other airlines as well as alternative modes of transport, carry out market research for potential new destinations and negotiations with airports, obtain route licences and permissions from authorities, and much more.
Route managers are responsible for analyzing existing routes and evaluating traffic-flows; our competitive position with emphasis on scheduling and connectivity; seasonal characteristics; profitability and providing insight into the drivers for the performance of specific routes. They also investigate potential new routes for introduction into the airBaltic network based on market size and travel patterns, network fit, seasonality and changes in competition. Their tasks include creating economic feasibility studies for potential new routes and developing a strategic and economically-based measure ('Route scoreboard') of the relative attractiveness of those routes.