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UPDATED 16 MARCH, 2020
Due to the fact that the Republic of Latvia decided to close its borders and limit air traffic in order to contain the spread of the coronavirus starting 17 March, airBaltic will temporary suspend all its flights from 17 March to 14 April inclusively.
The airline, therefore, has offered some additional flights on 16 March to help people get to or out of Riga before the connection will be limited.
These include flights from/to Riga to/from London, Paris, Moscow, Brussels, Dublin, Zurich, Dusseldorf, Vienna.
Citizens of Latvia willing to return to their country after 17 March, are asked to fill in the form on the airBaltic website for potential repatriation flights.
14 MARCH, 2020
Reacting to a rapidly changing circumstances dictated by the spread of the coronavirus, airBaltic, Latvian airline, has announced that it further reduces capacity by 30%.
The airline said it reduces its capacity and, as of 14 March, leaves only 22 aircraft to operate between 29 March and 31 May, 2020.
Before the crisis created by the coronavirus, airBaltic fleet consisted of 38 aircraft. Thus, taking drastic measures to deal with the situation, a total of 16 aircraft have been grounded.
Therefore, between 29 March and 31 May, airBaltic will cancel over 2,000 additional flights.
Correspondingly, over 40% of fleet on the ground forces the carrier to reduce the number of employees by up to 400. Mainly lay-offs will impact flight and cabin crew members.
‘These are temporary measures during the crisis, and we need to be ready to get back on our growth path once the situation improves”, the airline said in a statement.