airBaltic to Open a Base in Tallinn

On June 1, the Latvian national airline airBaltic will open a base in the capital of Estonia, to support the airline’s growth at Tallinn Airport. airBaltic will unveil more details about its future plans in Tallinn on March 31 during the opening ceremony of its new direct Tallinn-Tampere flight.

Bertolt Flick, President and CEO of airBaltic: “The Estonian market is significantly underserved and needs more flights. airBaltic made an initial strategic step by adding new seven direct routes from Estonia. We will increase our presence at Tallinn airport by opening a base of airBaltic.

Tallinn will be the first new base to be opened by airBaltic this year. From June, airBaltic will have bases in all three Baltic capitals – Riga, Vilnius and Tallinn.”

For Estonia, airBaltic offers seven direct flights from Tallinn (to Turku, Lappeenranta, Tampere, Oulu, Riga, Vilnius, Stockholm), a direct Tartu-Riga flight, and convenient connections over its North Hub Riga to the airlines network of 80 destinations in Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, CIS and the Middle East.

For 2009 airBaltic has announced 20 million EUR preliminary profit, and achieved 6% passenger growth to 2.75 million passengers. In 2010, airBaltic has so far announced eleven new destinations from its Riga hub including Madrid, Belgrade, Vaasa, Umea, Beirut, Amman, Manchester, Rovaniemi, Kuusamo, Visby and Lulea.

airBaltic photos: http://www.airbaltic.com/public/downloads.html

airBalticin brief:  

AIR BALTIC CORPORATION (airBaltic) is a joint stock company that was established in 1995. The primary shareholders are the Latvian state, with 52.6% of stock, and SIA Baltijas aviācijas sistēmas, with 47.2% of stock. The airBaltic fleet consists of 31 aircraft – ten Boeing 737-500, eight Boeing 737-300, two Boeing 757-200, and eleven Fokker 50 airplanes. airBaltic offers nonstop flights from three Baltic capital cities – Riga, Vilnius, and Tallinn. airBaltic received the title of Airline of the Year 2009/2010 (Gold Award) from the European Regions Airline Association. airBaltic is the winner of Air Transport World Phoenix Award 2010 – a global recognition of excellence in restructuring business. 

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