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airBaltic and Bulgaria Air have initiated a codeshare partnership effective from May 8, 2024, enhancing travel options between Latvia and Bulgaria and extending across Europe.

RIGA / SOFIA – The Latvian national airline airBaltic and the flag carrier of Bulgaria Bulgaria Air announce the commencement of a codeshare partnership, effective as of May 8, 2024. The agreement enables both carriers to provide more flexibility to their passengers on flights between Latvia and Bulgaria and beyond.

Martin Gauss, President and CEO at airBaltic says: “We are glad to enter a codeshare agreement with Bulgaria Air – shortly after the launch of our first direct route from the Bulgarian capital to our home base in Riga. This partnership benefits local Baltic travellers with access to the versatile network of Bulgaria Air and local travellers in Bulgaria can now enjoy easier access to airBaltic’s destinations in Europe. We are looking forward to a successful, long-standing collaboration together.”

Hristo Todorov, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bulgaria Air says: “We are delighted to partner with a great company like аirBaltic. With this codeshare collaboration, our passengers can now enjoy seamless connections between our networks, opening up new travel opportunities across Europe with direct flights from Riga to key Scandinavian destinations such as Stockholm, Oslo, Copenhagen, and Helsinki. These routes further strengthen our commitment to providing exceptional service and connectivity to Bulgarian passengers as a national flag carrier.”

As part of the codeshare cooperation, airBaltic will add its code (BT) on the Sofia-Varna route. Meanwhile, Bulgaria Air will place its code (FB) on the Sofia-Riga route and onwards the airBaltic-operated flights from Riga to Stockholm, Oslo, Copenhagen and Helsinki.

The codeshare agreement attracts an increasing number of passengers and allows customers of both carriers to benefit from seamless connectivity via their home bases. The first codeshare flight took place on May 14, 2024.

airBaltic’s Strong Start to Summer, 11% More Passengers in April

The Latvian national airline starts the summer season strongly, carrying 365 200 passengers in April 2024 – an 11% increase compared to the same period last year. These are the second-highest passenger numbers carried in April in the airline’s history. In April, airBaltic operated 3 750 flights, marking a 15% increase from the previous year.

Martin Gauss, President and CEO ofairBaltic: “The month-to-month growth in passenger numbers shows our position as the leading airline in the Baltic States. At the beginning of May, we launched 15 new destinations from all our home bases, including seven new countries in Southeast Europe. This expansion offers our customers even wider travel opportunities this summer. Additionally, we recently announced our new Pop-Up flights, featuring routes from Riga to Liepaja and from Tallinn to Palma de Mallorca. We look forward to announcing even more exciting destinations within this concept. These developments are expected to further boost our traffic across the Baltic region and beyond.”

April, 2024* April, 2023** Change
Number of passengers 365 200 330 000 +11%
Number of flights 3 750 3 260 +15%

*Preliminary rounded data from airBaltic monthly reports.
**Actual rounded data from airBaltic monthly reports.

In the first quarter of 2024, the airline carried nearly one million passengers, amounting to 926 000, which is a 20% increase during the same period in the previous year. Earlier this year, airBaltic Group reported an all-time record profit of 34 million euros for 2023.

In 2024, airBaltic expanded its network by announcing 17 new routes – 8 from Latvia, 4 from Estonia, 4 from Lithuania and 1 from Finland, providing connectivity to and from all its bases more than ever before.

airBaltic operates more than 130 routes from Riga, Tallinn, Vilnius, Tampere and, seasonally, Gran Canaria, offering connections to a wide range of destinations in the airline’s route network in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and the Caucasus region.

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