AirBaltic Flights Review

How to fly across Europe with a Baltic airline

About company

AirBaltic Corporation is a state (national) airline of Latvia and offers inexpensive air travel all over Europe and beyond. AirBaltic positions itself as the most punctual airline in the world, connecting the Baltic region with 60 destinations in Europe, Scandinavia, the CIS and the Middle East.

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airBaltic is the owner of numerous international awards awarded for high quality services, innovative service and achievements in the field of restructured business. In 2012, Airlinetrends named airBaltic one of the ten most innovative airlines in the world, and in 2014 and 2015, airBaltic achieved the best punctuality in the world.
Shareholders

The Latvian state is the main shareholder of the airline, and owns 80.05% of the shares. Another 20% of shares belong to the German investor Ralf Dieter Montag-Girmes through his fully owned Aircraft Leasing 1 SIA.

Hubs

Riga International Airport RIX is the hub airport of the airline and is located in the village of Marupe, 10 km from the center of Riga. Communication between the capital and the airport: city bus (22 route), taxi, minibuses Riga Shuttle Bus (at the bus station), international buses.

In addition, the airline offers its passengers several flights from secondary hubs: from Lithuanian international airports Vilnius VNO and Palanga PLQ, as well as from the Estonian international airport Tallinn TLL.

Fleet

According to the corporate press service, AirBaltic BT has a modern fleet of 24 Boeing 737-300 (150 seats), Boeing 737-500 (130 seats) and Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 NextGen (about 70 seats). It is expected to replenish the fleet with aircraft of the Bombardier CS300 type (120-130 seats).

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Boeing-airBaltic in flight. Credit airBaltic.

Destinations

AirBaltic BT provides regular air communication of the Baltic States with many states on the European continent. The air company carries out air service from its basic international airport Riga, which is the main hub airport for the transfer of air passengers. Also the company widely uses the auxiliary airports of Vilnius and Tallinn for flights in different directions.

Hub Riga Airport

AirBaltic Airlines operates direct flights from Riga’s main airport RIX to Amsterdam, Athens, Baku, Barcelona, Berlin, Billund, Brussels, Budapest, Warsaw, Vienna, Venice, Verona, Vilnius, Hamburg, Dubrovnik, Dusseldorf, Salzburg, Kiev, Copenhagen, Larnaca London, Malta, Milan, Minsk, Moscow, Munich, Nice, Olbia, Oslo, Palanga, Paris, Prague, Reykjavik, Rijeka, Rome, Rhodes, Thessaloniki, St. Petersburg, Stockholm, Tallinn, Tatry, Tbilisi, Tel Aviv, Turku, Frankfurt am Main, Helsinki, Zurich.

The main point Vilnius

AirBaltic Airlines operates direct flights from the Vilnius VNO airport to Amsterdam, Berlin, Riga, Stockholm and Tallinn.

The main point Tallinn

AirBaltic Airlines operates direct flights from the Tallinn TLL Heliport to Amsterdam, Berlin, Vienna, Vilnius, Paris and Riga.

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Flights

AirBaltic BT is not among the obvious low-cost companies, but regularly offers its customers airfare at low prices. As a rule, the cheapest tickets are sold for 15-30 days or more before the date of departure of the aircraft.

The airline regularly updates information on special offers on its website, which allows air passengers to prepare in advance for travel and book air tickets at a bargain price with a significant discount up to 50% of the cost of the flight.

If you pre-plan your air travel and take advantage of the airline’s special offer, you will be able to obtain significant financial savings in your expenses.

Buying an air ticket

Air ticket (e-ticket) can be purchased online on the AirBaltic website three hours before the flight departure. Payment by credit cards, through online banking (not for all countries) and by PayPal.

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Additional services

Also on the airline’s website are services to find the best car rental (for hire) at a good price and in the right place.

Check-In

For online users, online check-in via the airline’s website is available. This will allow you to save EUR30 per person for registration at the counter at the airport.
Online registration starts five days before departure. The boarding pass in electronic format PDF is downloaded to your computer or sent to your e-mail address. Print the boarding pass on a regular sheet of A4 paper and have it with you at the airport when you board and board the plane.

Transit zone

The airport in Riga has a transit zone that allows air passengers for long-distance flights to make a transfer to the connecting flight without leaving the airport. Transit through Riga with AirBaltic BT has certain advantages, because the passenger buys one ticket from one airline, which is responsible for the entire flight in case of delay or cancellation of the flight.

In addition, the passenger does not need to worry about luggage at the transit airport, because luggage is issued from the departure airport to the airport of arrival.

Before the start of the air travel with a transfer at the airport in Riga, register online for the connecting flight AirBaltic BT and get a boarding pass. Also have a baggage bag with you.

Do not forget that on the route to / from a country outside the Schengen area you may need to undergo pre-flight inspection and passport control.

Food

Drinks and food (meals) are available on board the aircraft in a wide range, but for a fee (cash or bank card).

Bonus program

Airline offers a bonus program PINS for its regular customers. This program encourages frequent flyers for using the services of this airline and provides them with a package of privileges (choice of location, free baggage, quick security check, etc.).

Conclusion

AirBaltic offers its passengers a comfortable and quick air travel light through international airports in Riga, Vilnius, Palanga and Tallinn.

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