Posted on: 28 February 2011
For the summer season starting 27 March, airBaltic will cancel four routes from Vilnius to Dublin, London, Rome and Paris, as new market entrants in Lithuania have, according to the airline, “created identical products, resulting in overlapping of routes, and overcapacity”.
Tadas Vizgirda, general manager of airBaltic in Lithuania, commented, “Coincidentally, both Ryanair and Wizz Air have announced new routes in Vilnius that overlap with those served by airBaltic. The world is big enough, and we would rather walk away from the crowd, to avoid the other two airlines flying wing-to-wing with each other.
“The new Vilnius airport discount scheme appears to have backfired, resulting in overcapacity on just a handful of routes rather than broadening the choice of routes, as intended by the scheme,” Vizgirda added.
airBaltic will ensure that every customer who has booked tickets on the cancelled flights will be offered alternatives by airBaltic individually.