Latvian flag carrier airBaltic has announced 11 new routes, 7 of which being from their primary base located in Riga, Latvia. This is a considerable expansion for airBaltic, adding further to their already well-established network out of Riga.
Operations from Riga base
From Q2 2024 the airline with offer customers- with over 100 destinations across Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and the Caucasus.
In comparison, low-cost Irish carrier Ryanair, airBaltic’s main rival out of their Riga base, will offer 30 destinations from Riga next year, with Air Baltic offering 70.
Martin Gauss, President and CEO of airBaltic commented on the recent news: “airBaltic continues to be the leading airline in the region, and with the launch of 11 new routes next summer, we will strengthen our position and our ambition to grow, improving the connectivity from the Baltics.”
The carrier has long been a dominant player in the Baltic region, with a developing network with hubs in Riga, Vilnius, Tallinn, and Tampere.
Moreover, in June 2023, the airline announced an additional seasonal base in Gran Canaria, with 2 based aircraft serving 10 destinations across Scandinavia and the Baltics for the Winter 2023 season.
Gauss went on to say: When preparing for the next season, we always carefully evaluate the market situation and the passenger demand.”
“This time, we have identified an opportunity to widen our network in Central and Southeastern Europe with connections to Baltic and Nordic countries.”
“Therefore, we are glad to expand the airBaltic offering next summer with convenient direct flights to this region and also increase flight frequencies on our existing leisure and business routes.”
New route information
Details of the 7 new routes out of Riga are outlined below:
- Riga (Latvia) – Alicante (Spain) 2 flights weekly February 27, 2024 129 EUR
- Riga (Latvia) – Tirana (Albania) 2 flights weekly May 2, 2024 89 EUR
- Riga (Latvia) – Sofia (Bulgaria) 3 flights weekly May 2, 2024 79 EUR
- Riga (Latvia) – Ljubljana (Slovenia) 2 flights weekly May 2, 2024 79 EUR
- Riga (Latvia) – Skopje (North Macedonia) 2 flights weekly May 2, 2024 79 EUR
- Riga (Latvia) – Chisinau (Moldova) 2 flights weekly May 4, 2024 79 EUR
- Riga (Latvia) – Pristina (Kosovo) 2 flights weekly May 4, 2024 79 EUR
In addition, Air Baltic has also announced a further 2 Q2 2024 routes, from Tallinn to Billund (2nd May 2024) and Malta (4th May 2024).
Vilnius is also getting an additional two routes including Krakow (3rd May 2024). Air Baltic has also confirmed an increase of flight frequencies in 2024 on “well-demanded routes” including “Rome, Tel Aviv, Prague, and more”.