Air Malta and airBaltic to Start Codeshare Flights

February 1, 2018

008-2018 EN

Air Malta and airBaltic to Start Codeshare Flights

Riga/Valletta. The Latvian airline airBaltic and the national airline of the Maltese Islands – Air Malta have concluded a cooperation agreement, known as code-share agreement. This partnership with Air Malta will enable airBaltic passengers to reach Malta every day via common gateways in Europe as well as additional destinations served from Malta. In turn this agreement will offer Air Malta passengers better connectivity to the Baltics and Eastern Europe.

Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic: “We are delighted to collaborate with Air Malta thus further improving our strong network of codeshare partner airlines that ensures smooth and seamless travel for airBaltic customers. The new codeshare agreement will improve airBaltic services between Malta and the Baltics allowing passengers to connect every day on this route via such common gateways as Vienna, Munich, Brussels, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, London, Geneva, Zurich among others.”

Minister for Tourism Dr Konrad Mizzi said, “This code-share agreement comes at a particular important time for Air Malta when it has embarked on a growth strategy. This year alone the Airline will operate over 1,500 more flights over last year and connect to seven new destinations. This code-share agreement continues to make Malta more accessible and increase arrivals from Eastern Europe, a region from which we are already seeing double digital growth figures in arrivals as announced today by the Malta Tourism Authority during its 2017 year review.”

Paul Sies, Chief Commercial Officer at Air Malta: “This agreement is yet another milestone for Air Malta in its growth strategy and widening its network. We are rapidly changing, transforming our business model to a hybrid carrier whilst rapidly increasing our frequencies on existing routes, we are opening new destinations and adding partnerships to the network. This agreement continues to expand and improve our network and adds to our range of codeshare partners with other like-minded quality airlines. Both Air Malta and airBaltic share the same commitment towards their customers and we are excited to work with them for the benefit of our mutual customers.”

Air Malta will place its flight code KM on direct flights Malta – Riga operated by airBaltic as well as connecting flights between Malta and the Baltics, whilst airBaltic will put its code BT on flights from Riga, Vilnius, and Tallinn to Malta as well as to Catania (Italy) via common gateways.

Air Malta connects Malta with around 30 major cities across Europe, North Africa and the Mediterranean. Working together with partner airlines, the airline offers convenient connections to many more destinations in North America and the Middle East.

airBaltic serves over 60 destinations from its home base in Riga, Latvia. From every one of these locations, airBaltic offers convenient connections via Riga to its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, CIS and the Middle East. In addition, airBaltic also offers direct flights from Tallinn and Vilnius.

airBaltic in brief:

airBaltic (AIR BALTIC CORPORATION) is the world’s most punctual airline connecting the Baltic region with over 60 destinations in Europe, the Middle East, and the CIS. airBaltic is a joint stock company that was established in 1995. Its primary shareholder is the Latvian state, which holds 80.05% of the stock, while Lars Thuesen holds around 20% through his fully-owned Aircraft Leasing 1 SIA. The airBaltic fleet consists of 30 aircraft – 7 Bombardier CS300, 11 Boeing 737 and 12 Bombardier Q400Next Gen. airBaltic has received numerous international awards for excellence, innovative services, and achievements in reshaping its business. In 2012, airBaltic was ranked by Airlinetrends among the Top 10 airlines globally for innovations. airBaltic achieved the best on-time performance globally in 2014, 2015 and 2017.

For further information, please contact:

Alise Briede

Head of Corporate Communications

A/S Air Baltic Corporation

Marupes Reg.

Tehnikas Street 3

Riga International Airport 

LV-1053 Riga, Latvia 

E-mail: pr@airbaltic.lv


About Air Malta:

Air Malta is developing a clear positioning as a regional Mediterranean airline. Since the start of its operation as the national airline of Malta on the 1st April 1974 with 7 scheduled services across Europe, Air Malta now operates a fleet of eight Airbus A320/319 aircraft that will increase with a further aircraft this summer.

The airline flies to around 30 scheduled destinations in Europe, North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean and carries 1.6 million passengers every year and has transported over 53 million passengers. In January 2018 the airline restarted intra-European routes with the launch of a Catania – Vienna operation.

In addition to its own network, Air Malta offers an additional 150 destinations through code share agreements with a number of quality airlines. Approximately 80% of all passengers are incoming to Malta with the majority of which coming to the Islands for leisure purposes.

For further information on Air Malta please contact:

Stephen Gauci

Head of Corporate Communications

Commercial Division

Sky Parks Business Centre

Level 2

Malta International Airport

Luqa LQA4000

Email: stephen.gauci@airmalta.com

Website: www.airmalta.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AirMalta

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