RIGA - Latvian national airline airBaltic and Icelandic carrier Icelandair have signed a codeshare agreement that opens new markets for the carriers by allowing them to sell and issue airline tickets jointly throughout their networks, airBaltic spokeswoman Alise Briede reported.
airBaltic customers will benefit from convenient access to Iceland and North America. At the same time, Icelandair passengers can now purchase a ticket to a number of airBaltic destinations in the Baltics and beyond, she said.
“We are pleased to add Icelandair as another strong partner to our existing network of codeshare airlines. Our strong network of partners enables us to further improve the connectivity of Baltic states. We are looking forward to the partnership with Icelandair and through that offering our passengers better travel opportunities around the world,” said Martin Gauss, President and CEO of airBaltic.
“By connecting our networks, we will offer our passengers more options of travelling to the Baltics and Eastern Europe and, in turn, provide airBaltic customers with valuable connections to Iceland and various destinations in North America. In addition, travelers will be able to benefit from a stopover in Iceland where they can experience our home country on their way to their final destination,” said Bogi Nils Bogason, President & CEO Icelandair Group.
Currently airBaltic performs direct flights from Riga to various European business hubs and to such popular leisure destinations as Dubrovnik, Rijeka and Split in Croatia, Barcelona in Spain, Nice in France, Larnaca in Cyprus as well as Rome, Catania and Milan in Italy. In addition, during upcoming weeks airBaltic will launch direct flights from Riga to Billund (Denmark), Reykjavik (Iceland), Madrid (Spain), Zurich (Switzerland), Turku (Finland), Warsaw (Poland), Prague (Czech Republic), Stuttgart (Germany), Budapest (Hungary) and Liepaja (Latvia). By the end of August 2020, airBaltic plans to connect Baltics on 69 routes. airBaltic also offers various direct services from Tallinn and Vilnius.
The Latvian state currently owns 80 percent in airBaltic, and a 20 percent stake in the airline belongs to Aircraft Leasing 1, a company owned by Danish businessman Lars Thuesen.