airBaltic has been busy, with the airline announcing three new routes from its hub in Riga. Let us see what they are offering.
The airline will connect Riga to
- Naples (France), twice a week
- Edinburgh (Scotland), twice a week
- Santorini (Greece), once a week
All routes will be operated by their Airbus A220-300 aircraft, operated in a two-class offering.
The Naples will start on the 4th of June, with a lead-in price of €79 in Green, €135 in Green Classic and €695 in Business.
Meanwhile, the Edinburgh service will also start on the 4th of June, with a lead-in price of €29 in Green, €99 in Green Classic and €399 in Business.
Finally, Santorini will start on the 5th of June, with a lead-in price of €79 in Green, €249 in Green Classic and €679 in Business
Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic on the route launches said:
“We are delighted to announce our second destination in Scotland, thus expanding connectivity between Latvia and the United Kingdom. In addition to the new route, airBaltic also continues to offer convenient and safe connections between Riga and London, Aberdeen and Manchester in the United Kingdom.”
On the Naples route, he added
“We are delighted to add Naples to our summer 2021 route map. We are eager to offer the best connections between Riga and sunny leisure destinations once the epidemiological situation improves this summer. We are optimistic about the summers and looking forward to offer more and more safe connections from the Baltics.”
On the Santorini route, he remarked
“This summer season we are planning to connect Riga with many sunny destinations in the Mediterranean Sea region. We are delighted to offer safe and convenient direct travel options for travelers between Riga and the well-known Greece island Santorini. We are getting ready for the upcoming summer season with improved route map, and we believe that might be the time when the epidemiological situation improves and the demand for air travel increases.”
Betting on Sun and Tourism
Looking at the routes, again – leisure routes rather than business seem to be the order for the day, with airlines offering to capacity to sunny or tourist destinations, rather than chasing the business market – both outbound (Lativians heading out to enjoy a holiday) and inbound (with them inviting passengers to explore Latvia.
Whilst these are not full daily services, they do provide a level of connectivity that may be attractive to the holidaymaker or family that wishes to reunite (when restrictions allow).
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