airBaltic Marks 20th Anniversary of Vilnius Base

The Latvian national airline, airBaltic, today (5.06.2024) celebrates a significant milestone – the 20th anniversary, of establishing its base in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. Since June 2004, airBaltic has been a key player in connecting Lithuania's capital to the world with daily services, ensuring seamless travel. The airline's extensive network, strengthened by over 20 codeshare partners, enables global connections for its passengers.

Martin Gauss, President and CEO of airBaltic: “For 20 years, Lithuania has been one of our home markets, and we are dedicated to boosting its international connectivity. Over time, we have fostered substantial passenger growth and are now pleased to offer our customers a wide range of travel options on 19 non-stop destinations that we operate from Vilnius. As proud ambassadors of the Baltics in the sky and worldwide, we are motivated by the increasing number of Lithuanian passengers choosing airBaltic. This trust inspires us to continually add new routes to our network in Vilnius. Our market share continues to grow, reflecting the confidence of our passengers. Lithuania remains a key market for airBaltic, and we aim to maintain our base in Vilnius, expand the route map, and continue growing in other parts of Lithuania as well. We deeply appreciate the cooperation from our partners at Lithuanian Airports and Vilnius Airport and look forward to continuing it in the future.”

Simonas Bartkus, CEO of Lithuanian Airports: “Over the past 20 years, airBaltic has been a vital partner in developing air connectivity for Vilnius and Lithuania. I can personally remember one of my first flights between Vilnius and Copenhagen on an airBaltic Fokker 50.”

“While many aspects of our partnership have remained consistent, such as our shared commitment to enhancing travel options and boosting regional connectivity, there have been significant advancements. airBaltic has expanded its route network, introduced modern aircraft, and continually improved passenger services. airBaltic brings connectivity with codeshare partners like Delta, KLM, Air France, and other airlines which are not present in the Baltic market. Thus, looking ahead, we are optimistic that airBaltic will remain a cornerstone of our strategic efforts to further enhance air travel connectivity in Vilnius,” Bartkus concluded.
Since 2004, airBaltic has carried 6.6 million passengers within the Vilnius base. Additionally, airBaltic has carried over 20 million kilograms of cargo and mail on flights to and from Vilnius.

Moreover, airBaltic is proud to employ over 100 Lithuanians, including more than 40 aircraft captains, over 15 first officers, and over 10 cabin crew members, along with professionals in various other roles.

A notable highlight in airBaltic's history is the introduction of a special livery in Lithuanian flag colors on the Airbus A220-300 aircraft (YL-CSK), which made its inaugural flight on August 8, 2019.

In 2024, airBaltic connects Lithuania to 21 routes, maintaining two aircraft based in Vilnius. Passengers can enjoy both Economy and Business Class services on all flights.

airBaltic operates more than 130 routes from Riga, Tallinn, Vilnius, Tampere, and, seasonally, Gran Canaria, offering connections to a wide range of destinations in the airline's route network in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and the Caucasus region. A complete schedule of airBaltic flights and tickets are available on the company's homepage at www.airbaltic.com.

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