Ahead of airBaltic’s S19 schedule commencing, Riga Airport and the airline had a celebration for the new services that would be launched. This week saw the carrier begin routes to Dublin, Lviv and Stuttgart, while flights to Menorca and Kos will be inaugurated in May. Pictured with the cake are: Wolfgang Reuss, SVP Network Planning, airBaltic; Laura Audariņa, Route Development Manager, Riga Airport; Liene Freivalde, Director of Aviation Service and Business Development, Riga Airport; and Mantas Vrubliauskas, Network Development Manager, airBaltic.
airBaltic launched flights between Riga and Dublin on 31 March. Pictured cutting the ribbon to officially open the European capital connection are: Irish Ambassador to Latvia, Jim Hennessy; airBaltic CEO, Martin Gauss; and Riga Airport Board Member, Artūrs Saveļjevs. The route is already flown by ULCC Ryanair six times weekly.
airBaltic introduced Ireland to its network on 31 March, with it beginning a four times weekly service between Riga and Dublin using its A220-300s. Pictured at the launch celebrations at the Irish capital airport were: Latvian Ambassador to Ireland, Janis Silis; Irish Ambassador to Latvia, Jim Hennessy; airBaltic Head of Communications, Alise Briede; airBaltic CEO, Martin Gauss; and Dublin Airport SVP Aviation Business Development, Jon Woolf.
- airBaltic entered the start of the S19 season by commencing three new routes from Riga (RIX), with the carrier launching flights to Dublin (DUB) and Stuttgart (STR) on 31 March, while a connection to Lviv (LWO) was inaugurated the following day on 1 April. “Riga is a dynamic city and the key business centre of the Baltic states. We are excited to connect Dublin and Riga as it opens up connections not only to Latvia but also to our wider home region with Tallinn and Vilnius as well as many destinations in Scandinavia, the CIS and Middle East,” commented Martin Gauss, CEO of the airline at the airline’s launch event in the Irish capital. The 1,941-kilometre route to Dublin will face direct competition from Ryanair which offers six weekly flights, while the 1,342-kilometre sector to Stuttgart of 790-kilometre hop to Lviv will face no direct competition. Both routes to Ireland and Germany will be flown using the carrier’s fleet of A220-300s, while the Ukrainian link will be operated by the airline’s Q400s.