- Joe Breitfeller
airBaltic and ITA Airways Launch New Codeshare Partnership
airBaltic and ITA Airways have launched a new codeshare partnership that will enhance connectivity in Italy for airBaltic guests, while ITA customers can now enjoy direct service from Rome Fiumicino and Milan Malpensa to Riga.
On Tuesday (January 25, 2022), airBaltic announced the signing of a new codeshare partnership with Italian national carrier ITA Airways. Under the agreement, airBaltic guests will enjoy enhanced connectivity in Italy, while ITA passengers can now fly directly from Rome Fiumicino and Milan Malpensa to Riga, Latvia. This winter, airBaltic will place their BT code on select ITA Airways’ flights to Brindisi, Bari, Catania, Genoa, Palermo, Reggio Calabria, Lamezia, Terme, Turin, Trieste and Venice, while Bologna, Florence, Naples and Verona will be added for the summer 2022 season. Likewise, ITA Airways will add their AZ code on airBaltic operated flights between Italy and Latvia.
In Tuesday’s announcement, airBaltic’s Chief Executive Officer, Martin Gauss, said,
“We are pleased to add ITA Airways as another partner to our existing network of codeshare airlines. Our strong network of partners enables us to further improve the connectivity of Baltic states. The new partnership provides convenient connections to existing destinations in Italy.”
Tickets on the new codeshared routes are now available for booking on the airlines’ websites, as well as on all channels, major GDS systems and via travel agents, for travel from February 2, 2022.
Italia Trasporto Aereo (ITA Airways) was founded in November 2020 and is the new Italian national carrier wholly-owned by the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance. Commencing operations in October 2021, the carrier currently has a fleet of 45 narrowbody and seven widebody aircraft, including 18 Airbus A319s, 27 A320s and seven A330s. During 2022, ITA Airways’ fleet will grow to 78 aircraft, increasing to 105 aircraft by the end of 2025 (82 narrowbody aircraft and 23 widebody aircraft).
Established in 1995, Air Baltic Corporation SA (airBaltic) is a joint stock company with most of the equity (96.14%) held by the Latvian state and the remaining shares held by Lars Thuesen through his holding company Aircraft Leasing 1 SIA. The airline Group also includes Air Baltic Training SIA, Loyalty Services SIA, Baltijas Kravu Centrs SIA and Crew Resources AS. One of the most punctual carriers in the world, the airline connects the Baltic region to over 70 destinations in Europe, the Middle East, and the CIS with a fleet of 32 Airbus A220-300s.