With a modern fleet comprising solely of the Airbus A220, airBaltic is the major player in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. At the moment, it seems it is Lithuania calling, with two new routes from Vilnius opening soon.
One is to London Gatwick with thrice weekly service and the other is to Dublin twice a week. This provides come competition on the Dublin route as previously only Ryanair operated services.
Lithuania Calling At airBaltic!
What always surprises me about airBaltic is how they manage to charge so much money for their business class tickets. The reason I have yet to fly them up front is because I’m not prepared to spend €400 or €500 per sector on a European flight.
Dublin to Vilnius will operate on Tuesday and Saturday, which means it is possible for a weekend getaway. Flights leave Vilnius at 15:20, arriving in Dublin at 16:35 after a 3 hour and 15 minute journey.
Return flights depart Ireland at 17:35 arriving in Lithuania at 22:35. Basic tickets cost from €99 return (from September) with closer in dates costing €140 to €190 return at the time of writing.
Business class passengers will pay an astonishing €830 return. For that kind of price, I would expect a whopping level of service, however I just can’t see it. As airBaltic is not in an alliance, I can’t cheat by using points either. Oh well!
Is Lithuania calling you? There are quite a lot of Lithuanian people in Dublin and London, so I daresay this will cater well to those people who have friends and family to visit.
airBaltic is considered to be a decent airline, and it’s nice to see this expansion. Services between Dublin and Riga continue as per normal, as much as that is right now.
Have you flown airBaltic before? Or maybe you are a veteran flyer of the Airbus A220, the aircraft formerly known as the Bombardier CSeries? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.
Featured image by Markus Eigenheer from Genève, Schweiz via Wikimedia Commons.
Cabin image by Kārlis Dambrāns from Latvia via Wikimedia Commons.