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AirBaltic beaten by LCCs on top four Riga routes

Logo: RixThis week’s exclusive anna.aero farewatch examines four destinations from Riga and compares prices between national carrier AirBaltic and low-cost competitors easyJet and Ryanair. Routes examined are Berlin, Dublin, London and Stockholm, which were the four most popular routes from Riga airport in 2007 (see this week’s country profile for more details). One-way fares departing from Riga were collected for a two-week period.

Chart: One-way fares from Riga
Source: Airline websites on Thursday 6th March.
Green shaded areas are weekend days.
Fares are cheapest available on day of departure and include all taxes and charges but do not include charges for check-in or hold baggage where charged separately.
easyJet’s fares were quoted in Euros but for AirBaltic and Ryanair fares obtained in Latvian Lati were converted to Euros on the basis of 1 Latvian Lati (LVL) = 1.423 Euros (Source: www.xe.com)

Ryanair competes with AirBaltic to Dublin, London and Stockholm, though it serves different airports in both London and Stockholm. On flights to Berlin, AirBaltic faces competition from easyJet, though again different airports are served. One curiosity is that flights with Ryanair to/from Riga (and also to/from Kaunas) can only be booked online at least a week in advance. For more imminent travel customers have to book via the airline’s call centre. The reasons for this are not explained on the airline’s website.
AirBaltic’s fares are comparable with easyJet’s on the Berlin route, but Ryanair’s fares are considerably cheaper than AirBaltic on comparable routes, at least for travel at least a week in advance.

The upturn in fares on Thursday 20 March relates to the fact that the following day is Good Friday, part of the Easter weekend.


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