Latvia’s flag carrier, airBaltic, has released its flight schedule for summer 2023 with its biggest expansion ever to date as the airline plans to launch 18 new routes, including four ex-Yugoslavia republics.
The 18 new routes include 10 departing from the Latvian capital Riga, four from Tallinn (Estonia) and four from Vilnius (Lithuania). Additionally, the airline will increase flight frequencies on such popular routes from Riga as Barcelona, Lisbon, Rome and more.
A particular focus will be a series of routes to republics of ex-Yugoslavia. Starting from May 1 2023, athe airline will fly from Tallinn to Split and Dubrovnik in Croatia. This route will be followed on May 4 by a route between Riga and Tivat in Montenegro while another route will link Latvia’s capital to Serbia‘s capital Belgrade. All of these routes will be flown twice a week.
Other important new routes include flights from Riga to Baku, Bilbao, Bucharest, Hanover, Istanbul, Porto and Yerevan. In addition to the new route to Croatia, Tallinn will also see the addition of routes to Heraklion and Rhodes in Greece. Out of Vilnius, airBaltic will fly to Heraklion, Malaga, Nice and Palma de Mallorca. All of the new routes will be served by the brand-new Airbus A220-300 aircraft.
Commenting on the developments Martin Gauss, president and CEO of airBaltic said: “This is the largest number of new routes in a single season we have ever seen at airBaltic. We continue to be committed to our home cities in the Baltics and improving connectivity to and from the region. We are glad to expand our offering for the next summer season both with new route additions and increased flight frequencies on our existing leisure and city break routes.”
airBaltic loyalty programme linked to Air France/KLM
In another development, the Latvian airline announced that it has started a new travel loyalty programme cooperation with Air France and KLM. This partnership will offer members of the airBaltic Club to earn loyalty points on airBaltic codeshare flights operated by KLM or Air France, while also allowing them to spend collected points on both carriers all over the world.