airBaltic: Pop-Up Flights to Ostrava for Ice Hockey World Championship

An airBaltic aircraft on the tarmac.
Photo Credit: airBaltic

The Latvian airline airBaltic has announced that it will operate flights from Riga to Ostrava, Czech Republic during the period of the Latvian men’s national hockey team’s games in the IIHF 2024 Ice Hockey World Championship.

In what the Latvian carrier describes as “pop-up flights,” these services aims to cater to the surge in demand from fans eager to support their team on the grand stage.


The flights are scheduled to coincide with key dates of the IIHF2024 championship, offering flexibility for fans.

Departures from Riga to Ostrava are set for May 11, 13, 17, 20, and 22, ensuring that supporters can align their travel plans seamlessly with the team’s performance schedule.

Air travel becomes an accessible affair with airBaltic’s reasonable pricing structure. One-way ticket prices for Green, Green Classic, and Business Class have been established at 89 EUR, 135 EUR, and 199 EUR, respectively.

The airline also introduces an upsell level, a valuable option for last-minute bookings or when flights are fully booked. Tickets are already up for grabs on the carrier’s website, ensuring that fans can secure their seats well in advance.

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airBaltic CEO Comments


Martin Gauss, the President and CEO of airBaltic, expressed enthusiasm about this innovative approach.

Reflecting on the Latvian men’s national ice hockey team’s historic success in the previous Ice Hockey Championship, Gauss highlighted the fan-driven motivation behind the introduction of pop-up flights.

He emphasized airBaltic’s commitment to providing a seamless travel experience for Latvian fans, whether for major events or exciting new destinations.

Gauss hinted at the possibility of more pop-up flights with fixed prices throughout the year, amplifying airBaltic’s dedication to fan-centric initiatives.

An airbaltic aircraft preparing for departure in overcast evening conditions.
Kārlis Dambrāns from Latvia, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

A Swift Journey to the Ice


The short-hop flights between Riga and Ostrava take a mere 1 hour and 45 minutes. This means that fans can swiftly reach their destination, maximizing their time to immerse themselves in the championship festivities and, of course, cheer on the Latvian hockey team.

Operated by Airbus A220-300 aircraft, renowned for their efficiency, airBaltic ensures a superior flying experience.

The A220-300 boasts wider seats, larger windows, increased hand luggage space in the cabin, improved lavatories, and enhanced overall performance, fuel efficiency, and convenience for both passengers and staff.

airBaltic Network


Beyond this championship venture, airBaltic stands as a key regional player, operating over 100 routes from Riga, Tallinn, Vilnius, and Tampere.

The airline’s extensive network facilitates connections to a myriad of destinations across Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and the Caucasus region.

The airBaltic fleet currently consists of 46 Airbus A220-300 aircraft, making it one of the youngest fleets in Europe.

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