During the last few days, Latvian national airline airBaltic has not seen higher interest from its Estonian passengers to return their tickets to London, or change their travel dates due to the riots in the streets of the United Kingdom cities. Quite on the contrary, airBaltic has recorded a slight increase in the number of tickets sold to London, but this is more likely the result of this week’s sales campaign of cheap tickets.
Typically, during riots or unrest in parts of the world, airBaltic passengers are more actively purchasing travel insurance or travel date/time change warranty on www.airbaltic.com During the street riots in London and other cities in the UK, the demand for insurance products has remained stable on airBaltic.com and do not demonstrate sharp increases. However, the period between August 6 and August 10 has seen a 20% increase (compared to the same period a year ago) in Economy Flex tickets on the London route. Economy Flex ticket allows passengers to change their travel date and time flexibly without additional charges.
airBaltic serves over 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.