airBaltic starts direct flights to Abu Dhabi with Etihad support

airBaltic’s Riga to Abu Dhabi

airBaltic celebrated with a cake on 16 December the launch of its four weekly flights from Riga to Abu Dhabi, which are operated utilising leased-in A319 equipment from Czech Airlines.

  • airBaltic, the flag carrier of Latvia, expanded its international network on 16 December, with a new service from Riga (RIX) to Abu Dhabi (AUH). The airline’s third route outside Europe is scheduled to be operated four times weekly, utilising leased-in 125-seat A319 equipment from Czech Airlines. The 4,373-kilometre sector will face no direct competition from other carriers. Commenting on the launch, Valdis Dombrovskis, Prime Minister of Latvia, said: “Today marks the first time Riga has been linked by air with Abu Dhabi, one of the world’s fastest growing cities, and a global hub for our airBaltic’s codeshare partner Etihad Airways. This direct flight will open up a range of business and leisure opportunities, which hitherto never existed. It will support trade development between Latvia and the rest of the world, increase tourism in both directions, and result in a range of new connection options for customers of both airlines.”

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