AirBaltic will increase capacity on Prague route

The Latvian carrier will start using Airbus A220-300 on the summer schedule

Latvian carrier airBaltic will increase capacity and improve comfort on the route from Riga to Prague due to the deployment of a larger aircraft and more flights during the summer flight schedule.

Starting April 2, airBaltic will regularly deploy a new larger Airbus A220-300 aircraft on selected flights from Riga International Airport to Václav Havel Airport Prague. So far, Bombardier Q400 NextGen has been operated on the line.

The new Airbus aircraft will offer more comfort to passengers and will increase line capacity, which will increase to up to 11 flights per week. Overall, airBaltic plans to increase the seating capacity on the route to Prague by 39 percent this year. Compared to last year, capacity will increase overall by 25 percent. AirBaltic will offer flights in the basic, premium and business classes on the line.

“In order to support stable growth, which we see on Prague route annually, we have decided to change the type of airplane to Airbus A220-300 in some flights from spring 2019. Along with increasing seat capacity, this change will allow an increasing number of passengers to experience an exceptional flight on this modern aircraft. Already every second passenger on airBaltic flights has flown on a brand new Airbus A220-300,” Martin Gauss, AirBaltic's CEO, said in a press release.

AirBaltic began to deploy the modern Airbus A220-300 aircraft, originally designated as the Bombardier CS300, in 2016 and has since used it in everyday operations. So far, airBaltic has received 14 of the ordered aircraft, and another nine will follow this year.

Airbus A220-300 aircraft give passengers wider seats, larger windows, more cabin luggage storage, improved toilets, and other benefits. The new airplanes are also noticeably quieter and their noise footprint is four times lower.

Currently, the Airbus A220-300 is the greenest commercial airplane. It is the first airplane to have a demonstrably better environmental impact and helps to reduce CO2 production by 20 percent and NOx by 50 percent. In addition, this aircraft has managed to reduce fuel consumption by up to 22 percent. The Airbus A220-300 can fly up to 18 block hours a day.

The number of airBaltic flights to and from Prague increased by 11 percent in 2018; the number of passengers transported by airBaltic on the route rose by 9 percent. AirBaltic has operated flights to Prague from January 2013.

The airBaltic fleet currently consists of 34 aircraft – 14 Airbus A220-300s, eight Boeing 737s and 12 Bombardier Q400Next Gen aircraft.

AirBaltic serves over 70 destinations from Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius, offering the largest variety of destinations via Riga to its network in Europe, the CIS and the Middle East.

In summer 2019, airBaltic will introduce five new destinations from Riga to Dublin, Stuttgart and Lviv as well as Kos and Menorca. It is also the most punctual airline in Europe, according to a press release.

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