airBaltic expands in the UK, Switzerland and Norway

Geneva Airport welcomed the arrival of its latest airline with the classic route launch celebrations of a cake and a ribbon cutting. Seen conducting the cutting of the cake are: Irīna Piļipenko, Area Sales Manager, airBaltic; Corine Moinat, Chairwoman of the Board of Directors, Geneva Airport; and André Schneider, CEO, Geneva Airport. Pilipenko and Moinat also had the honour of cutting the ribbon to officially open the new airBaltic service from Riga. An official group photo was then taken on the apron, with Pilipenko, Moinat and Schneider being joined at the aircraft by Manuel Schärrer, Sales Manager Switzerland, airBaltic, and the inaugural flight crew.

airBaltic Aberdeen Riga

Aberdeen welcomed the return of airBaltic on 2 May, with it having last served the UK airport in September 2014. Seen welcoming the carrier back to Aberdeen after a three-year hiatus are: Carol Benzie, MD Aberdeen Airport; Baiba Braze, Latvian Ambassador to the UK; and George Adam, Lord Provost Aberdeen. A stunning route launch cake was also baked.

Riga Stavanger airBaltic

Riga Airport celebrated with this cake the start of airBaltic’s new route to Stavanger. The 1,101-kilometre sector will be flown on the airline’s Q400s three times weekly. The airline already serves Oslo Gardermoen in Norway from Riga.

Riga airBaltic Geneva

Riga Airport also baked a cake to celebrate the start of airBaltic flights to Geneva. The 1,703-kilometre sector will be flown three times weekly, with Geneva becoming the carrier’s second destination in Switzerland after Zurich.

  • airBaltic this week expanded its presence in the UK, Switzerland and Norway by launching flights to Aberdeen (ABZ), Geneva (GVA) and Stavanger (SVG) from Riga (RIX). The airline already serves London Gatwick in the UK, Zurich in Switzerland and Oslo Gardermoen in Norway from its Latvian hub. Flights to Aberdeen and Stavanger began on 2 May, with Geneva services beginning two days later. The 1,571-kilometre route to Aberdeen marks the end of a three-year hiatus for airBaltic on the route from Riga, with it having last served the city pair in September 2014. Carol Benzie, MD Aberdeen Airport, said of the airline’s return: ‘It is fantastic to welcome airBaltic back to Aberdeen today with the launch of this Riga route. The route will provide Aberdeen holidaymakers with easy access to a number of increasingly popular destinations in the Baltic States, such as Tallinn in Estonia, along with Palanga and Vilnius in Lithuania which was one of the most requested destinations in a leisure survey we undertook with our local community last year.” Along with Aberdeen, the 1,703-kilometre link to Geneva and 1,101-kilometre sector to Stavanger will be flown three times weekly. While Aberdeen and Geneva will be served on a mixture of the carrier’s 737-300s and 737-500s, flights to Stavanger will operate on Q400s according to OAG schedules. Neither of the three routes launched by airBaltic this week will face direct competition. airBaltic’s next route launch from Riga will take place on 11 May, the day on which it will begin flights to Catania in Sicily. See how Geneva Airport’s FTWA and Stavanger Airport’s FTWA compare to others from around the world.


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