Munich, Tenerife and London – airBaltic’s top destinations from Riga

airBaltic aircraft approaching to land.
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Latvian flag carrier airBaltic has named its top travel destinations for the month of February from Riga. These destinations were Tenerife, Munich, London and Brussels.

These choices can be seen as understandable for the time of year, with very popular city break destinations such as London and Munich making the list and winter sun hot spots like Tenerife making the cut as well.

On top of this, airBaltic have said that they are focusing on providing passengers with a wide range of travel options and convenient schedules which has played its part in making these destinations the most popular.

In addition, airBaltic also listed that Paris, Berlin, Helsinki and Amsterdam were among the most favoured routes from Riga during February.

With major cities taking up most of the list for top destinations during February, it is likely we will see a shift in this popularity to those sunny beach destinations with a busy summer season ahead for the airline.

airBaltic and a brief history

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airBaltic is a international airline from Latvia and is the national flag carrier for the country, with bases in neighbouring Baltic countries, Estonia and Lithuania.

The airline flies to more than 70 destinations across Europe and the Middle East from its bases in the Baltic countries.

Furthermore than airline operates a total fleet of 40 Airbus A220-300s. In fact, it is the only airline in the world with a all-A220 fleet and the airline with the largest fleet of A220s.


The airline was formed in was formed in 1995 with the signing of a joint venture between SAS and the Latvian state.

The airline began operations with a Saab 340 which grew to 3 aircraft before being replaced by 10 Fokker 50s, plus 4 Avro RJ70s.

2003 saw the first 737-500 delivered to the fleet and then in the following year, the airlines base in Vilnius, Lithuania was established with 5 destinations initially.

The tail fin of an airBaltic A220-300
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Major changes to the airline from 2004 onwards

In the same year as Vilnius being added, their current livery was adopted with the lime tail, “airBaltic” titles on the front of the fuselage and the word “Baltic” on the lower half of the tail.

Initially the titles were smaller than what we see today along with “.com” featuring on the titles too, which was later removed.

In 2008, two Boeing 757s joined the fleet, which were then followed by the acquisition of 12 Dash 8s.

Following the new decade, in 2012 airBaltic ordered 20 Bombardier CS300 aircraft (rebranded to the Airbus A220-300) to replace all the aircraft in its fleet at the time except its Dash 8s.

This decision was later changed with a further 30 CS300s ordered and the Dash 8s set to be replaced by the aircraft too.

Since this order the airline has grown to where it is now with 40 A220s, holding its aforementioned titles of the worlds largest A220 operator and the worlds first A220 only airline, plus an ever growing route network.

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