The Latvian airline AirBaltic is planning to establish a charter flight hub in Finland, with Tampere and Oulu airports being prime candidates under consideration. The company will make the final decision at the end of this year, according to Tero Taskila, AirBaltic’s Chief Commercial Officer.
Taskila says that the new hub would require a EUR 200 million investment and involve AirBaltic buying three or four new aircraft. There would be flights from other Finnish airports to the hub, which would offer direct flights to other destinations in Europe.
AirBaltic has been quick to expand its operations in Finland, with ten new routes announced this year. AirBaltic is now flying from Helsinki, Kuopio, Kuusamo, Lappeenranta, Oulu, Tampere, Turku and Vaasa to Riga and Tallinn, as well as some domestic routes in Finland. Further new routes are set to start from Rovaniemi to Tampere and Riga and from Oulu to Stockholm.
AirBaltic is based in Riga, Latvia, and also operates from Tallinn and Vilnius to many destinations in Europe.