RIGA, Oct 12 (LETA) - Latvia's national carrier airBaltic has cancelled three flights due to the necessity to check the airline's new Bombardier CS300 aircraft, which has affected the travel plans of 372 passengers, the company's spokeswoman Alise Briede told LETA.
On Wednesday, October 11, airBaltic cancelled flights from Riga to Moscow, Helsinki and Kazan.
"During maintenance works a small defect was found in one aircraft's auxiliary device attached to the engine. In line with the instruction provided by the engine's manufacturer Pratt Whitney it was decided to carry out additional checks on the whole CS300 fleet. According to the company's policy, all passengers were offered the nearest available connections to their planned destinations, and if necessary passengers were provided with food vouchers and free accommodation in hotels," Briede said.
Asked if the losses caused by the cancellations will be paid by the manufacturer or airBaltic, the spokeswoman said that the parties' responsibilities in such situations have been described in a contract between the carrier and the manufacturer but that the agreement is confidential and its details therefore would not be disclosed.
"At present, airBaltic's priority is to ensure a safe return of the CS300 airliners to the fleet," Briede said.
As reported, airBaltic had suspended flights of its new Bombardier planes for technical checks, the Latvian public TV reported on Wednesday evening.
Briede said that the decision to suspend flights of the seven Bombardier CS300 jets has been made due to technical and security reasons.
Today, airBaltic gradually resumes flights with the Bombardier CS300 airliners and it is planned that all the planes will be checked and ready for flying by the end of this day.
As reported, airBaltic fleet includes seven Bombardier CS300 aircraft. By the end of this year the airline will have eight Bombardier CS300 aircraft, and by the end of 2019, it will have 20 Bombardier CS300 aircraft in its fleet.
So far airBaltic has conducted more than 2,600 flights, has flown more than 6,700 hours and more than 300,000 passengers with the new jets.
The new Bombardier CS300 aircraft ensures flights to Amsterdam, Barcelona, Rome, Moscow, London, Paris, Vienna, Athens, Madrid and other destinations.
As reported, airBaltic serves over 60 destinations from its home base in Riga. From every one of these locations, airBaltic offers convenient connections via Riga to its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, the CIS and the Middle East. In addition, airBaltic also offers direct flights from Tallinn and Vilnius.
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