AirBaltic’s summer season shaping up

With airBaltic announcing that three new leisure destinations will be added to its network in July, we take a look at the Latvian carrier’s summer schedule.

Latvia’s airBaltic took delivery of its 26th Airbus A220-300 and said it would start three new routes from Riga (RIX), the Latvian capital, starting in July. 

The new routes will be RIX-Valencia, Spain (VLC); RIX-Pisa, Italy (PSA); and RIX-Kos, Greece (KGS). The new destinations will increase the carrier’s network to 96 routes.  

European capitals continue to dominate the carrier’s route network throughout the summer season, however.

AirBaltic’s top 10 summer routes (total departure seats*):

FRA-RIX

80,040

CDG-RIX 

80,040 

MUC-RIX  

77,140  

RIX-VIE 

76,270

BRU-RIX  

68,150

PLQ-RIX  

67,715 

TLL-VNO 

56,550

AMS-TLL

52,780  

AMS-VNO

52,200

RIX-ZRH

51,040  

*All data provided by OAG Schedules Analyser

“As vaccination rates improve across Europe, we see that the demand for leisure travel is increasing,” airBaltic CEO Martin Gauss said. “For example, Greece is already inviting tourists without asking them to self-isolate upon arrival.” 

With the new routes, airBaltic will operate to seven destinations in Italy, six in Greece and five in Spain. 

AirBaltic’s summer route network

airbal-summer

AirBaltic was the launch customer for the A220-300 (formerly known as the Bombardier CSeries 300) and is slated to receive another 24 of the type, which ultimately will bring its all-A220-300 fleet to 50 aircraft. It holds options for 30 more A220-300s. 

The airline will receive six more A220-300s in 2021. 

“We see that with the increasing vaccination levels in Europe, the demand for leisure travel is recovering," Gauss said. “Thus, to support our future return to profit and growth, by the end of 2021 we are planning to have 32 A220-300 aircraft in our fleet.” 

Photo credit: airBaltic