airBaltic Inaugurates Gran Canaria as a New Winter Destination

An airBaltic Airbus climbs into a blue sky.
Photo Credit: airBaltic

LONDON – Latvian carrier airBaltic (BT), has launched its first direct flight connecting Riga with Gran Canaria, as a part of the carrier’s winter schedule.

Winter schedule is a go

On 1 November, Latvian carrier airBaltic, announced the launch of a new direct flight between the Latvian capital Riga, and Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands.

The new route serves as the second flight airBaltic operates to the Canary Islands, with Tenerife also being a destination of theirs.

The new service connecting the two destinations, is a part of airBaltic’s extensive winter schedule, which they announced earlier this year. The service to Gran Canaria is just one of the routes being started for the winter schedule, in the past few days.

The flight, BT765, departed Riga (RIX) 5 minutes after scheduled departure time, and is at the time of writing, around 20 minutes away after over 6 hours in the air. The first flight on this route is operated by YL-ABI, a 5-month old aircraft.

FlightRadar information on the first airBaltic flight to Gran Canaria.
Screenshot: Flightradar24

airBaltic statement

In an official statement regarding the new offering, airBaltic CEO, Martin Gauss, said:

“Adding Gran Canaria to our route network expands airBaltic’s offering for the upcoming winter season. It is the kind of place, where people willingly choose to spend the cold months. We are glad to connect Latvia to another sunny, exciting and well-demanded destination in addition to Tenerife, which was launched last year and has demonstrated outstanding results of demand.”

Pricing and frequency

The new flight connecting the two cities, will have a twice-weekly service, operated by airBaltic’s flagship Airbus A220-300 aircraft. AviationSource has previously made a comprehensive report on their flagship aircraft, which you can read here.

Pricing for the flights one-way, start at 155 EUR in the lowest ticket class, “GREEN”, and extends all the way to 675 EUR in Business class.

Non-stop to Marrakesh

This week, on October 31, airBaltic inaugurated another route in their winter schedule, connecting Riga with Morrocan city, Marrakesh, also on a twice-weekly flight frequency.

The route also marks itself as the carrier’s first entrance in the African aviation market, and the service will be available until late March of next year, when the airline’s summer schedule takes effect.

On the inauguration of Marrakesh, on 31 October, airBaltic’s Chief Operations Officer (COO), Pauls Cālītis, commented:-

“We are excited to launch our first ever scheduled route to Africa. Marrakesh or the so called Pearl of the South is both an exotic and warm destination, and important centre of economics, also for Latvia.”

“Moreover, it has plenty to offer for culture lovers as well. As the leading airline in the Baltics, we continue to build our network, adding more captivating leisure destinations also for the winter season.”


airBaltic’s winter schedule for this year is without doubt, starting up greatly as we enter the colder times of the year. The destinations included and some of the now inaugurated routes, offers airBaltic customers a warmer getaway from the cold and soon to come snow.

With the entire winter program lasting until late March of 2023, airBaltic customers have a wide timeframe in when they would like to travel, until the summer schedules take over.

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