airBaltic to Open New base in Tampere, Finland From May 2022
airBaltic will open a new base in Tampere, Finland from May 2022, with six direct flights, in addition to existing service to Riga, Latvia. The carrier will operate new direct flights from Tampere to Oslo, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Munich, Malaga and Rhodes.
On Tuesday (December 14, 2021), airBaltic announced the launch of a new base in Tampere, Finland from May 2022. In addition to existing service between Tampere and Riga, the airline will start six new direct flights from Tampere to Oslo, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Munich, Malaga and Rhodes.
During a special press conference in Tampere on Tuesday, airBaltic’s Chief Executive Officer, Martin Gauss, said,
“We have been performing direct flights from Tampere to Riga for almost five years now. Our decision to open a new base in Tampere shows our strong commitment to this city, and will offer more convenient and affordable travel options for many Finnish passengers.”
Also commenting on the new base, Finavia’s SVP – Airport and Deputy CEO, Jani Jolkkonen, said,
“We are delighted to see airBaltic showing even stronger commitment to Tampere-Pirkkala Airport. We at Finavia have been cooperating with airBaltic for years and this new opening takes our cooperation to the next level. Tampere-Pirkkala Airport is a very important airport for Finavia and during the recent years we have invested almost 20 million euros in developing the airport. The new base brings the airBaltic connections to Europe close to the local businesses and leisure travelers, whom we hope to utilize the new routes.”
Tampere City’s Mayor, Anna-Kaisa Ikonen, added,
“We are happy to welcome airBaltic to its new base in Tampere. Tampere region is a fast-growing, international metropolitan area, and the new direct flight routes are vital to companies, tourism, international talents, innovations and to the continuing growth of the region. They strengthen our connection to other European cities. Tampere region has a lot to offer to both business and leisure travellers, and we are happy the region is now even more accessible to visitors from all over the world.”
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.