LONDON – Latvian carrier airBaltic has recently announced the additional of two new route services out of their Finland hub in Tampere.
Nice and Milan will be the two destinations which the carrier will serve in May, with a twice weekly service applying to both routes.
Finland to France and Italy direct
Following the approach of airBaltic’s anniversary for their Tampere hub in Finland, the company has decided to announce two new routes connecting Italy’s Milan and Nice, the French riviera, to their hub operations.
With the initial launch of both routes starting in May, the flights will see two flights per week. It is not specified at this time which of the Milan airports airBaltic will operate to.
With flights starting as low as EUR99 to Nice and EUR79 to Milan, passengers will be able to depart Tampere for either of the destinations from May 2 and May 4 respectively.
|Destination served||Flight frequency||Start date||Price *,GREEN||Price*,Business Light|
|Tampere – Nice||2 flights weekly||May 2, 2023||99 EUR||349 EUR|
|Tampere – Milan||2 flights weekly||May 4, 2023||79 EUR||299 EUR|
airBaltic President & CEO, Martin Gauss, said the following on the announcement of the new routes: “In a few months we will be celebrating the first anniversary of our base in Tampere, and so far the demand from Finnish passengers has met our expectations.”
“Following the success, we at airBaltic are thrilled to add these two beautiful cities to our route network, as both Nice and Milan are very popular travel choices.”
“We hope that this year the passenger demand will gradually grow even more, therefore we may launch additional new destinations to various business hubs and leisure destinations over time,” he concluded.
The right and only aircraft for the job
airBaltic currently operates a fleet of 39 Airbus A220-300 aircraft, which is a perfectly suited aircraft for either of these routes.
With the last Dash 8-Q400 aircraft leaving the airBaltic fleet just recently, the fleet overhaul of the company remains well under way.
The leaves the older Boeing 737 Classic series and Dash 8s for a more sustainable fleet, which then ended up becoming the A220.
The latest airBaltic A220 delivery marked itself as the 39th of the type in their fleet, and was formally announced in early January.
The Latvian carrier took delivery of the aircraft registered YL-ABM, which became the 7th and last A220 delivery to be completed in year 2022.
The aircraft type becomes a great aircraft for the job, given its lower fuel usage combined with spacious and light cabin, greatly increasing passenger comfort, along with its great range and fuel endurance.
The A220 success
So far, airBaltic has proven their success with the Airbus A220 aircraft, as it remains the only aircraft type in the fleet after they shipped out the Bombardier Q400s and Boeing 737 Classics.
airBaltic has thus far flown 10,500,000 passengers aboard the Airbus A220 fleet, which is estimated to have covered more than 120,000 flights
As stated by airBaltic, “The Airbus A220-300 has performed beyond the company’s expectations, delivering better overall performance, fuel efficiency and convenience for both passengers and the staff.”
“This aircraft offers an excellent flying experience with such benefits for passengers as wider seats, larger windows, more hand luggage space in the cabin, improved lavatories and much more.”