• Joe Breitfeller

Icelandair and airBaltic Enter New Strategic Codeshare Agreement

Icelandair and airBaltic announced on Monday a new codeshare partnership which will allow airBaltic customers to travel west on Icelandair’s North American network. Icelandair will also offer seamless connections from Keflavík to Riga and beyond.


Icelandair Boeing 787 Dreamliner - Courtesy Boeing

Today, Icelandair announced a new codeshare agreement with airBaltic which will provide seamless connections for airBaltic customers who want to travel west on Icelandair’s North American network. Likewise, Icelandair’s customers can buy tickets with direct connections from Keflavík to Riga and onward to Tallinn, Vilnius, Prague and Krakow on airBaltic’s network. Icelandair will also offer routes from Keflavík to Riga via Oslo, Helsinki and Stockholm. With Icelandair’s transatlantic expertise, airBaltic guests can fly from Riga to Keflavík and enjoy connections to New York, Denver, Chicago and Seattle. In a separate announcement from airBaltic, the carrier’s President & CEO Martin Gauss said,


“We are pleased to add Icelandair as another strong partner to our existing network of codeshare airlines. Our strong network of partners enables us to further improve the connectivity of Baltic states. We are looking forward to the partnership with Icelandair and through that offering our passengers better travel opportunities around the world.”


Also commenting on Monday’s joint announcement, Icelandair’s President & CEO, Nils Bogason added,


“By connecting our networks, we will offer our passengers more options of travelling to the Baltics and Eastern Europe and, in turn, provide airBaltic customers with valuable connections to Iceland and various destinations in North America. In addition, travellers will be able to benefit from a stopover in Iceland where they can experience our home country on their way to their final destination.”


Icelandair is the leading carrier offering flights to and from Iceland with attractive onward North American transatlantic connections. Iceland’s central location between Europe and North America provides the ideal opportunity for the carrier to expand their ever-growing international route network with Iceland as a hub.


Established in 1995, airBaltic is a joint stock company with most of the equity (80%) held by the Latvian state and the remaining shares held by Lars Thuesen through his holding company Aircraft Leasing 1 SIA. One of the most punctual carriers in the world, the airline connects the Baltic region to over 55 destinations in Europe, the Middle East, and the CIS with a fleet of 22 Airbus A220-300s. The carrier received the CAPA Regional Airline of the Year in 2017 and in 2018/2019 received the ATW Airline Industry Achievement Award for ‘Market Leader of the Year.’ airBaltic also received the ‘Sector Leadership Award’ by Airline Business in 2019.


Source(s): airBaltic, Icelandair