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New Route of the Day (30 November 2023): airBaltic’s new routes from Gran Canaria

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airBaltic opened its seasonal winter base in Gran Canaria on Thursday November 30, with the launch of its first of nine new routes.

  • 30 November: Tallinn (weekly)
  • 1 December: Bergen (2-weekly)
  • 2 December: Vilnius (weekly)
  • 2 December: Sandefjord (2-weekly)
  • 3 December: Aalborg (2-weekly)
  • 3 December: Oslo OSL (weekly)
  • 4 December: Billund (2-weekly)
  • 4 December: Copenhagen (weekly)
  • 5 December: Tampere (weekly)

Alongside the new additions, the airline already maintains flights between Gran Canaria and Riga, bringing its total network from the Spanish island to 10. All the new services will be maintained with A220-300 aircraft.  airBaltic faces competition on the Sandefjord, Oslo OSL, and Copenhagen routes where flights are also maintained by Norwegian, from all three cities, as well as SAS from Oslo OSL and Copenhagen, respectively.

What they said

Martin Gauss, President and CEO at airBaltic, said: “We at airBaltic are glad to mark the launch of our seasonal base in Gran Canaria. As we station two aircraft in Gran Canaria, we will connect this wonderful island with destinations in Northern Europe. This is the first seasonal base of airBaltic, as well as the first base outside of the Baltics and Finland. By tapping into the strong and growing demand during the winter months between Northern Europe and the Canary Islands, we will also increase our aircraft utilization.”

airBaltic now has five bases, Riga remains largest

Gran Canaria becomes airBaltic’s fifth base and the only seasonal one in its network. The island is particularly popular among Scandinavians looking for winter sun. Riga – one of four year-round bases – remains number one in terms of operations.

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airBaltic has 1.04 million Riga seats during Q1 2024, which accounts for 74% of its total capacity during the quarter. The airline’s other bases include Tallin, Vilnius and Tampere, with Gran Canaria being the first outside of the Baltics and Scandinavia.

airBaltic plans further network growth

airBaltic intends to continue growing its network in the coming period, already serving a combined total of over 70 destinations from its bases and over 100 routes. The airline has earmarked the possibility of opening additional new bases across Europe in the future.

Last month, airBaltic concluded a firm purchase agreement for 30 A220-300 aircraft with purchase rights for an additional 20 jets of the same type. With this order, airBaltic intends to operate a fleet of 100 A220-300s by 2030, making the airline the largest A220 customer in Europe, while it continues to be the largest A220-300 operator in the world.

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