DUBAI - Latvian airline airBaltic announces that as of May 2022 it will open a new base in Tampere, Finland. airBaltic will connect Tampere with six direct flights in addition to continued operations to Riga, Latvia. The announcement was made during a special press conference in Tampere.
Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic: “By taking a step outside the Baltics, we will enable our future growth and a faster return to profitability. Next year eight additional aircraft will join our fleet, and we will offer the best connectivity to and from Riga, Tallinn, Vilnius as well as Tampere. Tampere region is home to more than 500 000 residents, and our data suggest there is enough local demand for air travel.”
Jani Jolkkonen, SVP, Airport Network and Deputy CEO at Finavia: “We are delighted to see airBaltic showing even stronger commitment to Tampere-Pirkkala Airport. We at Finavia have been cooperating with airBaltic for years and this new opening takes our cooperation to the next level. Tampere-Pirkkala Airport is a very important airport for Finavia and during the recent years we have invested almost 20 million euros in developing the airport. The new base brings the airBaltic connections to Europe close to the local businesses and leisure travelers, whom we hope to utilize the new routes.”
Anna-Kaisa Ikonen, Mayor of Tampere City: “We are happy to welcome airBaltic to its new base in Tampere. Tampere region is a fast-growing, international metropolitan area, and the new direct flight routes are vital to companies, tourism, international talents, innovations and to the continuing growth of the region. They strengthen our connection to other European cities. Tampere region has a lot to offer to both business and leisure travellers, and we are happy the region is now even more accessible to visitors from all over the world.”
Starting from May 2022, airBaltic will perform direct flights from Tampere to Oslo (Norway) and Copenhagen (Denmark), Frankfurt and Munich (both Germany) as well as sunny leisure destinations Malaga (Spain) and Rhodes (Greece).
Currently airBaltic offers more than 70 direct destinations from Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius. In September, airBaltic launched direct flights from Riga to sunny Tenerife (Spain) and Dubai (United Arab Emirates).