Latvian national airline airBaltic wrote history by opening the first international flight out of Tartu airport in July 2009. After two years of operation, airBaltic has decided to discontinue flights from August 1.
Jānis Vanags, Vice President Corporate Communications of airBaltic: “airBaltic was the historic first airline to connect Tartu via North Hub Riga to 80 destinations in Europe, Middle East, Russia/CIS. This flight has given Tartu people access to many business and holiday destinations. Despite the popularity of airBaltic’s flight, Tartu airport has not been able to guarantee high standard of service. This week’s incident with missing controllers in the tower was a repeated one. airBaltic is offering the highest standard of services to its customers, and cannot accept more cancellations in Tartu, just because the airport is not functioning as it should be. Our customer is our priority. ”
airBaltic apologizes to those passengers who experience inconvenience do to this, and invites to contact airBaltic representatives. All involved passengers will be offered alternatives based on individual needs.
airBaltic serves 80 destinations from its home base in Riga, Latvia. From every one of these, airBaltic offers convenient connections via North Hub Riga to its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, CIS and the Middle East.
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 34 aircraft – six Boeing 737-500, eight Boeing 737-300, two Boeing 757-200, ten Fokker 50 airplanes and eight Bombardier Q400Next Gen. 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. In summer 2010, airBaltic was chosen for anna.aero ANNIES Award as Europe's largest flag carrier by new routes. airBaltic won a special Pacesetter Award 2010 from the Jury of the Budgies World Low Cost Airline Awards, recognising achievements of airBaltic as a hybrid airline.