News in Brief
Expanding the direct flight network from Tallinn
As of March 27, airBaltic will start new direct flights between Tallinn and London Gatwick Airport. Flights will operate twice per week with one-way tickets starting from EUR 29 . In November two more direct routes will join the airBaltic network from Tallinn. Flights to Stockholm will operate twelve times per week with one-way ticket prices starting from EUR 35 , and to Oslo – twice a week starting from EUR 29 one way. Together with the existing routes to Vienna, Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam, Riga, and Vilnius there will be in total nine direct flight connections from the Estonian capital served by airBaltic.
airBaltic receives the Market Leader Award by ATW
airBaltic has received the ATW Airline Industry Achievement Award as the Market Leader of the Year 2017. Air Transport World’s (ATW) 44 th annual awards are the most coveted honour an airline or individual can receive to recognise excellence in the air transport industry.
According to ATW, airBaltic received the award for dramatically expanding and improving commercial air service in the Baltics. The innovative airline delivers quality customer service, with advanced aircraft such as the Bombardier C Series and high performance standards. The ATW Airline Industry Achievement Awards were established in 1974. They are bestowed upon individuals and organisations that have distinguished themselves through outstanding performance, innovation, and superior service. The Market Leader of the Year award goes to an airline that has set itself apart from its peers either in a geographic region or a market sector, or that has created or stimulated a market.
New flights to Almaty
From April 29 airBaltic will start new flights between Riga and Almaty, the largest and most ethnically and culturally diverse city of Kazakhstan. Kazakhstan’s former capital has evolved into a vivid, modern city offering everything from outstanding museums, Western-style restaurants, and exciting nightlife to gorgeous mountain views and relaxing parks. With Big Almaty Lake, Sharyn Canyon, and the Tian Shan mountain range all within reach, Almaty is the perfect starting point for nature lovers. Flights to Almaty will operate three times per week with one way ticket prices starting from EUR 159 .
Fly to Malta for Mediterranean flavour
airBaltic and Air Malta , the national airline of the Maltese Islands, have concluded a codeshare cooperation agreement. This partnership will offer much better connectivity between the Baltics and Malta. As of April 29, airBaltic will resume direct flights between Riga and Malta twice per week: from Riga to Malta on Thursdays and Sundays, and from Malta to Riga on Mondays and Fridays. Thanks to the partnership with Air Malta , passengers will now also be able to fly the route on other days, with one-stop flights via Vienna, Munich, Frankfurt, and other cities. Malta is recognised for having some of the cleanest seas in Europe, for being the globe’s third-best diving location, and for having the world’s most scenic airport approach. With Valletta crowned a European Capital of Culture for 2018, now’s the time to discover Malta yourself!
Sochi and Kaliningrad to join airBaltic network
In spring airBaltic will widen its flight network by adding two more routes to the Russian Federation. Flights to Kaliningrad in the Russian exclave on the Baltic Sea will start on April 16 and operate six times per week. The Black Sea resort town of Sochi will be flown to twice a week as of May 14. This summer both cities will be among the host destinations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and the new connection via Riga will offer convenient flight options for those who are planning to attend the championship. airBaltic also flies to Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Kazan, thus in total connecting five Russian cities with Riga and via Riga further to all the major destinations in western Europe.