Monday, 29 June 2020

airBaltic joins EASA programme to monitor COVID-19 operations in practice and carries more than 27,000 passengers since restarting flights

The Latvian airline airBaltic has joined the European Union Aviation Safety Agency’s (EASA) charter for the return to normal operations under COVID-19, pledging to work with their national authorities to put measures in place to support health safety.

Pauls Cālītis, COO of airBaltic: “Safety and health of our passengers stand above all. We at airBaltic are working hard to ensure that the passengers can travel safely and with confidence and have thoroughly followed guidelines issued by both EASA and local authorities. Our dedicated and professional airBaltic team will continue work in order to safeguard airline’s smooth operations. airBaltic will provide essential feedback to European authorities, for the improvement of travel for all passengers.”

Since resuming scheduled operations on May 18, airBaltic has introduced various additional safety measures to limit the spread of the virus and protect its passengers. An example of the new proactive measures introduced is temperature screening of all airBaltic’s departing passengers at Riga Airport.


Additional measures include increased frequency of cabin disinfection and providing all passengers with a complimentary basic care kit consisting of a protective face mask and disinfection wipes. airBaltic passengers are required to wear a protective face mask all the time whilst on board during flights.

Also, crew members are wearing a protective face mask and gloves. airBaltic cabin crew are instructed on the steps that have to be taken in case of some passengers on board might be infected with coronavirus, and all aircraft are equipped with the necessary preventive equipment. Additionally, airline has introduced an adjusted inflight service, replacing inflight magazines with disposable information on hygiene and catering menu.

More than 27,000 passengers carried in the first four weeks of restarting operations 

During the first four weeks of resumed operations, airBaltic has carried over 27,000 passengers to and from the Baltic capitals. Each week the number of passengers carried continues to increase.

Martin Gauss, CEO of airBaltic: “It is our main aim to connect the Baltics to the world, and we are glad to resume flights to major European business hubs as well as popular leisure getaways. We are here to continue providing the best connectivity to and from the Baltic region under the adjusted Destination 2025 CLEAN business plan.”

During this period, most popular routes were from Frankfurt, Oslo and Amsterdam to Riga. airBaltic is also gradually resuming flights to a variety of sunny leisure destinations. Among them, airBaltic has received most new reservations to Dubrovnik, Split, Rome and Nice.

Currently airBaltic performs direct flights from Riga to Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Helsinki, Munich, Oslo, Paris, Tallinn, Vienna and Vilnius. The airline is also gradually resuming flights from Riga to Dubrovnik, Rijeka and Split in Croatia, Barcelona in Spain, Nice in France, Larnaca in Cyprus as well as Rome, Catania and Milan in Italy and other destinations.








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