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05/15/2024 | News release | Distributed by Public on 05/15/2024 03:20

airBaltic and Bulgaria Air Start Codeshare Cooperation

airBaltic and Bulgaria Air Start Codeshare Cooperation

15 May 2024

Riga/Sofia. The Latvian national airline airBaltic and the flag carrier of Bulgaria - Bulgaria Air - announce the commencement of a codeshare partnership, effective as of May 8, 2024. The agreement enables both carriers to provide more flexibility to their passengers on flights between Latvia and Bulgaria and beyond.

Martin Gauss, President and CEO at airBaltic: "We are glad to enter a codeshare agreement with Bulgaria Air - shortly after the launch of our first direct route from the Bulgarian capital to our home base in Riga. This partnership benefits local Baltic travellers with access to the versatile network of Bulgaria Air and local travellers in Bulgaria can now enjoy easier access to airBaltic's destinations in Europe. We are looking forward to a successful, long-standing collaboration together."

Hristo Todorov, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bulgaria Air:"We are delighted to partner with a great company like Š°irBaltic. With this codeshare collaboration, our passengers can now enjoy seamless connections between our networks, opening up new travel opportunities across Europe with direct flights from Riga to key Scandinavian destinations such as Stockholm, Oslo, Copenhagen, and Helsinki. These routes further strengthen our commitment to providing exceptional service and connectivity to Bulgarian passengers as a national flag carrier."

As part of the codeshare cooperation, airBaltic will add its code (BT) on the Sofia-Varna route. Meanwhile, Bulgaria Air will place its code (FB) on the Sofia-Riga route and onwards the airBaltic-operated flights from Riga to Stockholm, Oslo, Copenhagen and Helsinki.

The codeshare agreement attracts an increasing number of passengers and allows customers of both carriers to benefit from seamless connectivity via their home bases. The first codeshare flight took place on May 14, 2024.

airBaltic operates more than 130 routes from Riga, Tallinn, Vilnius, Tampere, and, seasonally, Gran Canaria, offering connections to a wide range of destinations in the airline's route network in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and the Caucasus region. A complete schedule of airBaltic flights and tickets are available on the company's homepage at www.airbaltic.com.

airBaltic in brief:

airBaltic (Air Baltic Corporation AS) is a joint stock company that was established in 1995. Its primary shareholder is the Latvian state, which holds 97.97% of the stock, while the rest of the shareholders hold 2.03%. airBaltic offers connections to more than 70 destinations in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Caucasus region. Over the last 28 years airBaltic has developed as a strong and internationally respected airline, which employs more than 2 500 employees. The airBaltic fleet consists of 47 Airbus A220-300 aircraft, making it one of the youngest fleets in Europe. The airline has received several international awards for excellence, innovative services and significant achievements. Skytrax has awarded airBaltic two years in a row as the best airline in its region. Additionally, in 2022, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) awarded airBaltic the Diversity and Inclusion Team Award. In 2023 the airline received the APEX Passenger Choice Award of Best Cabin Service in Europe.

Bulgaria Air in brief:

Bulgaria Air, the flag carrier of Bulgaria, has been soaring the skies since its establishment in 2002. With its headquarters in Sofia, the airline operates both domestic and international flights, connecting the country to various destinations across Europe and the Middle East.Throughout its journey, Bulgaria Air has upheld a reputation for reliability and quality service. The airline's fleet boasts modern aircraft, ensuring passengers travel in comfort and safety. Known for its warm hospitality, Bulgaria Air offers a seamless travel experience, from booking to touchdown.Bulgaria Air also plays a vital role in promoting tourism and business opportunities. The airline continues to evolve, adapting to the changing needs of travellers while upholding the rich Bulgarian heritage. With a commitment to excellence, Bulgaria Air continues to be a key player in the European aviation industry, representing Bulgaria's grace and efficiency in the skies.

For more information, please contact:

airBaltic Corporate Communication Unit

Air Baltic Corporation AS

Email: [email protected]

Bulgaria Air Press Center:

Email: [email protected]