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airBaltic hints on the launch of a new base outside Baltics

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Latvia’s flag carrier, Air Baltic, has announced the opening date of its first facility outside of the Baltics.

Air Baltic, a Latvian airline, announced on December 14, 2021 that it will open a new base in Tampere (TMP), Finland, in May 2022, from which it will begin serving new direct regular flights connecting the second-largest Finnish city with six destinations, including Oslo (OSL), Copenhagen (CPH), Frankfurt (FRA), Munich (MUC), Malaga (AGP), and Rhodes (ROI) (RHO).

According to a tentative schedule, the airline plans to begin operations between Tampere and Malaga on May 1, 2022, with a frequency of two flights per week.

Then, on May 2, 2022, airBaltic plans to begin service from its new Finnish hub to Oslo, Frankfurt, and Munich, all of which will be flown three times each week.

On May 3, 2021, the Latvian airline plans to launch three weekly flights between Tampere and Copenhagen, as well as two weekly flights between the new hub and Rhodes.

Martin Gauss, the CEO of airBaltic, said:

“We have been performing direct flights from Tampere to Riga for almost five years now. Our decision to open a new base in Tampere shows our strong commitment to this city, and will offer more convenient and affordable travel options for many Finnish passengers.” 

According to the airline, its Baltic-state hubs in Riga (RIX), Tallinn (TLL), and Vilnius (VIL) currently serve a network of 70 direct destinations (VNO).

The airline most recently inaugurated direct connecting links from its home base at RIX airport to Tenerife (TFS) and Dubai in September 2021. (DXB).

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