"As the Coronavirus crisis continues, significantly affecting demand for air travel, airBaltic is forced to further decrease its overall capacity between April 15 and October 31, 2020, cancelling approximately 50% of its flights. Currently the airline is in the process of adjusting its network and flight schedule according to temporarily reduced fleet in the beginning of restarting the scheduled operations once the crisis is over," an announcement from the company said.
Martin Gauss, CEO of the airline said: “Considering the significant impact on the demand, we currently plan to restart our operations gradually. When we will be able to, we will start with a reduced number of aircraft who will serve daily flights to our top routes. With each upcoming week, more aircraft will return to service, offering more flights.”
In addition, airBaltic has made a decision to delay launch of the new routes it had planned for summer season of 2020 from all three Baltic states as well as temporarily discontinue a number of additional routes.
As recently reported by LSM, airBaltic has temporarily laid off a quarter of its workforce and Gauss has said he will not be taking a salary until scheduled services are back to normal. The company has won praise for operating repatriation flights to bring people home to the Baltic states and recently operated a special flight to China to bring back medical supplies, as previously reported by LSM.
Passengers who have bookings for the affected flights will be contacted via e-mail individually and offered travel alternatives. Latest information concerning the travel updates from airBaltic can be found on the company’s website.