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airBaltic, Bulgaria Air Sign Codeshare Partnership

DALLAS — With the goal of further expanding its influence in the Balkan region, airBaltic (BT) has announced the signing of a new codeshare agreement with Bulgaria Air (FB).

The partnership, which commenced on May 8, 2024, will not only allow for seamless travel between the Baltic States and Bulgaria but extend to a large range of destinations within Southern Europe, a valuable market for BT recently.

For the European summer season this year, BT has begun a crucial campaign and promotion of flights between the Nordic countries and Croatia, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Greece, Serbia, and more. In Bulgaria, the carrier now serves non-stop flights from Tallinn (TLL) and Riga (RIX) to Burgas (BOJ) and Sofia (SOF).

The bilateral partnership will also widely benefit FB, which will now enjoy more connectivity to Oslo (OSL), Copenhagen (CPH), Stockholm (ARN), and Helsinki (HEL) through the three-weekly flights operated by BT between SOF and RIX.

As of May 2024, airBaltic has taken delivery of 47 Airbus A220s, from a total backlog of 80 units with Airbus. Photo: Tony Bordelais/Airways.

airBaltic’s Bet on Southern Europe

This is, by far, the year of the biggest presence of BT in Europe in its history. The Nordic flag carrier is gaining a significant share of the valuable North-to-South aviation market, as it has now freed a big part of its fleet and slots after the closure of its seasonal base in the Canary Islands for the summer.

As of today, passengers can fly on board BT from RIX, Vilnius (VNO), Tallinn (TLL), and Tampere (TMP) to more than 130 destinations in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. In addition, airBaltic holds firm codeshare agreements with more than 20 airlines.

All this presence in the continent is supported by a fleet of 47 Airbus A220-300 airplanes, and the company is set to become its largest operator in Europe after an additional order placed at the 2023 edition of the Dubai Airshow for 30 additional A220s.