airBaltic to open seven new routes for Finland and two new routes for Estonia

Latvia’s national airline airBaltic expands its service with new routes for Finland and Estonia.

As part of the airline’s expansion strategy in Finland and Estonia, airBaltic will launch seven new routes for Finland and two new routes from Tallinn in 2010.

“Finland and Estonia are important markets for airBaltic. With Riga airport having exceeded its designed capacity limits, we are expanding in airBaltic’s key markets. We clearly see that Finland and Estonia are underserved,” says Bertolt Flick, President and CEO of airBaltic.

In March, airBaltic will open the routes Rovaniemi-Riga, Rovaniemi-Tampere, and Tampere-Tallinn. Flights between Kuusamo-Riga and Kuusamo-Lappeenranta will start on 1 April 2010, with three flights a week. Kuopio-Lappeenranta and Oulu-Tallinn flights will be launched in May.

In addition to the new routes, airBaltic will improve its service for the Finnish customers by increasing to daily flights on the Lappeenranta-Riga route, and securing seven times daily service on the Helsinki-Riga route during the summer season.

For 2009 airBaltic has announced a preliminary profit of EUR 20 million, with 6% passenger growth to a total of 2.75 million passengers.

Source: The Baltic Course, airBaltic