Ryanair launches new base and doubles destinations from Riga Airport
Ryanair has launched a new base at Riga Airport with two new based aircraft and a significantly-expanded route network. Riga Airport baked a specially-designed cake to celebrate the occasion with airline representatives.
With the opening of the new base, Ryanair launches services from Riga to 17 new destinations: Aarhus, Bristol, Budapest, Rome, Memmingen, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Kiev, Krakow, Lviv, Malaga, Palermo, Paris, Stockholm, Oslo and Warsaw this year, and to Newcastle next summer.
During the winter season, Ryanair will serve 33 destinations from Riga, including London, Dublin, Milan, Manchester, Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Cologne, Edinburgh, East Midlands, Frankfurt, Leeds, Malta, Paphos, Prague, Venice and Vienna.
“Ryanair’s base in Riga is an important step for our airport as a regional aviation hub,” said Laila Odiņa, Chairperson of the Board of Riga International Airport. “The wide range of routes and geography provided by Ryanair’s presence at Riga Airport will provide more opportunities for Latvian and Baltic passengers to choose exciting trips at affordable prices, while foreign tourists will benefit from more convenient opportunities to arrive in Latvia.”
Ryanair’s new base includes two Riga-based aircraft, as well as 60 new jobs. The company has made investments of US$200 million.
“We are delighted to announce the opening of our new base in Riga while other airlines close theirs,” said Jason McGuinness, Director of Commercial, Ryanair. “Efficient operations and competitive airport charges provide the foundation from which Ryanair can deliver long-term traffic growth and increased connectivity. We have worked closely with Riga Airport to secure this growth and improve the services for those that live, work, or wish to visit the region. At a time when other airlines are reducing their workforce and closing their bases, we’re delighted to be making further investments in both our people and in airports throughout Europe.”