airBaltic celebrates first year at Tampere base with 2 new services

airBaltic Airbus A220-300 departing Riga airport.
Photo: airBaltic

Latvian airline airBaltic has marked its first anniversary of operation at a base outside of the Baltics with the addition of two new services from Tampere, Finland.

After one year of operation of its first base outside the Baltics – in Tampere, Finland – the Baltic carrier has launched two new direct destinations from the city to Milan (Italy) and Nice (France).

The airline connects Tampere in Finland with eight destinations and will continue to base one of its Airbus A220-300 in Tampere for the summer season.

This week, Martin Gauss, President and CEO of airBaltic commented: “Exactly one year ago, airBaltic reached a significant milestone in the history of the airline, opening its first base outside the Baltics – in Tampere.”

“We are glad to celebrate already one year of the base and the start of the summer 2023 season in Tampere together with our passengers, partners, and media. We continue to be committed to Tampere, our home city, and further improving connectivity to and from the region.”

Petri Vuori, Finavia’s Senior Vice President, Sales and Route Development said: “We are happy to welcome airBaltic’s new routes to Nice and Milan at Tampere-Pirkkala Airport.”

“They are a great addition to Finavia’s route network and strengthen the already wide range of connections from Tampere to popular destinations in Europe.”

“We are also excited to continue our great partnership of the past year and inspire travel locally from and to Tampere.”


Tampere Airport base

Tampere-Pirkkala Airport, also known as Tampere Airport, is an international airport located in Pirkkala, Finland, about 17 km southwest of the city of Tampere. It is the third-busiest airport in Finland in terms of passenger traffic, after Helsinki-Vantaa and Oulu airports.

The airport has one terminal building and serves both domestic and international flights. It is mainly used by low-cost airlines such as Ryanair, Wizz Air, and airBaltic, and offers flights to several destinations in Europe, including London, Berlin, Budapest, and Riga.

Harri Ojala, Director investments and global operations of Business Tampere added: “We are happy airBaltic sees the Tampere region and the surrounding areas as we do – the fastest growing region in Finland, offering all the conditions for a successful home airport.”

“The first year has looked promising despite the extremely challenging timing. I believe that passengers will reward airBaltic’s commitment to Tampere well in the near future. We are also a rising tourist destination, and the municipality of Pirkkala is developing as a center for logistics.”

Nice and Milan inaugural flights

On Tuesday 2 May, in a special event at Finavia’s Tampere–Pirkkala Airport, airBaltic launched the new direct flights to Nice. A day earlier, direct flights to Milan were launched.

In addition to the new routes, airBaltic continues to perform direct flights from Tampere to Amsterdam (Netherlands), Copenhagen (Denmark), Munich (Germany), as well as to sunny leisure destinations – Malaga (Spain) and Rhodes (Greece).

In addition, the airline continues scheduled flights to its home base in Riga (Latvia).

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