RIGA – The Latvian airline airBaltic in cooperation with the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Etihad Airways on October 29 launched a direct service between Riga and Abu Dhabi. The new route offers convenient connections to passengers travelling from the Baltics to the UAE capital and further to key destinations in Australia, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, as well as new travelling opportunities from Abu Dhabi to Europe.
Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic: “We are delighted to launch the new Riga – Abu Dhabi route. Thanks to our cooperation with Etihad Airways we can now offer our customers brand new flying experience flying with the world’s most modern jet aircraft CS300 to the Middle East and beyond for affordable prices.”
Until now passengers have made over 9,000 bookings on the Riga – Abu Dhabi route and it is popular among travelers from Latvia and outside, as 30% of the bookings currently come from transfer passengers mostly from Scandinavia and the Baltics. Moreover, airBaltic has seen additional demand for the flight to the Formula Grand Prix, which will take place in Abu Dhabi in the last weekend of November.
airBaltic operates the Riga – Abu Dhabi route 4 times weekly. Passengers will board a Bombardier CS300 aircraft for a flight that will last 6 hours and 15 minutes.
airBaltic marks third anniversary of operations in Tallinn and Vilnius
October 31 marks the third anniversary since Latvian airline airBaltic opened its base at Tallinn and Vilnius Airports. Currently, airBaltic offers 11 direct routes from the two Baltic capitals. Since November 2014 airBaltic has carried more than 1 600 000 passengers from Tallinn and Vilnius combined. This year alone the volume of passengers carried in both cities has grown by 23 and 20 percent respectively.
Martin Gauss said: “We are happy that more and more customers from Lithuania and Estonia are choosing airBaltic as their home carrier. We offer the best connectivity in and out of Estonia and Lithuania, as airBaltic serves a combination of direct flights and convenient transfers via our main hub in Riga to Europe, Scandinavia, the Middle East and the CIS. Notably, throughout these years 44% of the bookings to Vilnius and Tallinn have been made from other countries. airBaltic has provided businesses and travellers from across the world access to the two Baltic countries, resulting in a significant catalytic impact on the local economies,” Gauss added.
This year, from both Tallinn and Vilnius, the most popular direct service has been to Amsterdam, seeing increased traffic in both Baltic capitals.