SmartLynx Airlines (6Y, Riga) resumed leisure charters on July 1, operating its first summer charter of 2020 from Tallinn Lennart Meri to Heraklion with A320-200 YL-LCU (msn 1762).

The airline has yet to resume leisure charters from its home market, Latvia. Since the imposition of COVID-related lockdowns around Europe in mid-March 2020, SmartLynx Airlines has been using its fleet of six A320-200s and six A321-200s to operate ad-hoc charters, including repatriation flights in Europe and elsewhere.

While most of the airline's aircraft are either parked or used for ad-hoc operations, one of its A320-200s, YL-LCO (msn 1873), was ferried to St. Athan on July 2.

The fleets of the airline's subsidiaries SmartLynx Airlines Estonia (MYX, Tallinn Lennart Meri) and SmartLynx Airlines Malta (LYX, Malta Int'l) remain inactive. The former unit's five A320-200s and the latter's two units of the type are all currently parked.

Editorial Comment: The article has been updated to reflect that YL-LCO was not permanently retired. - 07.07.2020 - 09:00 UTC