airBaltic to launch Riga – Abu Dhabi service
The Latvian airline airBaltic in cooperation with Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), will launch a direct service between Riga and Abu Dhabi on October 29, 2017.
airBaltic will operate the Riga – Abu Dhabi route 4 times weekly with a long-range Bombardier CS300 aircraft. Etihad Airways will be its codeshare partner on the route.
Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic: “We are delighted to link Latvia and the UAE with our brand-new Bombardier CS300 that fly longer distances and reach airports that we were not able to serve with our fleet before. Our codeshare cooperation with Etihad Airways will offer convenient connections to passengers travelling from the Baltic airports to the UAE capital Abu Dhabi and further to key destinations in Australia, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, as well as provide new travelling opportunities from Abu Dhabi to European and Scandinavian airports.
Abu Dhabi is a strategic aviation hub in the Middle East and its landmark tourist attractions such as Formula 1 and Ferrari World will attract many travelers from the Baltics and Scandinavia.”
Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways Chief Executive Officer, said: “Through this new agreement with airBaltic, we are offering guests greater travel options to and from Latvia and the surrounding region. This reflects Etihad Airways’ ongoing commitment to provide the travelling public with more choice and an expanded network in collaboration with our partners around the world.”
|Flight frequency||Start date||
|Price*, Premium||Price*, Business|
|Riga – Abu Dhabi
|4 flights weekly||October 29, 2017||129 EUR||249 EUR||799 EUR|
*Lowest fare, including taxes, fees and service charges, on www.airBaltic.com, subject to availability
Passengers will board a Bombardier CS300 aircraft for a flight that will last 6 hours and 15 minutes. One-way ticket prices will start at 129 EUR, including airport fees and transaction costs. A full schedule of airBaltic flights can be found on the company's website at www.airbaltic.com.
airBaltic serves over 60 destinations from its home base in Riga, Latvia. From every one of these locations, airBaltic offers convenient connections via Riga to its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, CIS and the Middle East. In addition, airBaltic also offers direct flights from Tallinn and Vilnius.
airBaltic (AIR BALTIC CORPORATION) is one of the world’s most punctual airline connecting the Baltic region with 60 destinations in Europe, the Middle East, and the CIS. airBaltic is a joint stock company that was established in 1995. Its primary shareholder is the Latvian state, which holds 80.05% of the stock, while Ralf-Dieter Montag-Girmes holds around 20% through his fully-owned Aircraft Leasing 1 SIA. The airBaltic fleet consists of 25 aircraft – 2 Bombardier CS300, 11 Boeing 737 and 12 Bombardier Q400Next Gen. airBaltic has received numerous international awards for excellence, innovative services, and achievements in reshaping its business. In 2012, airBaltic was ranked by Airlinetrends among the Top 10 airlines globally for innovations. airBaltic achieved the best on-time performance globally for two years running in 2014 and 2015.