airBaltic Inaugurates New Riga-Marrakesh Route

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LONDON – airBaltic has today inaugurated its new service between the Latvian capital of Riga and Marrakesh in Morocco.

This now means that the carrier connects the Baltic States with Africa as part of the airline’s continued growth with new routes and new aircraft.

Below is the scheduling for this particular route:

Destination servedFlight frequencyStart date
Riga–Marrakesh2 flights weeklyOctober 31, 2022

Flight time on the route is around five and a half hours, with the carrier using its Airbus A220-300 aircraft to service such a route.

Commenting on the inaugural was Pauls Cālītis, Chief Operations Officer at airBaltic:

“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 an important center 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.”

A Taster for a Busy Summer 2023…

At the start of this month, airBaltic (BT) announced its flight schedule for the summer of 2023. With 18 new routes offered, this becomes the largest number of routes announced by the carrier.

The summer 2023 schedule for airBaltic will contain flights to 70 destinations from Riga (RIX) and to the 18 new routes from across the Baltics. Ten routes will originate from Riga (RIX), four from Tallinn (TLL), and four from Vilnius (VNO).

The summer program will start at the end of March 2023, with the new flights being:

  • From Riga (RIX)
    • Istanbul (IST) – 4 flights weekly
    • Hannover (HAJ) – 2 flights weekly
    • Bucharest (OTP) – 3 flights weekly
    • Porto (OPO) – 2 flights weekly
    • Burgas (BOJ) – 2 flights weekly
    • Bilbao (BIO) – 2 flights weekly
    • Tivat (TIV) – 2 flights weekly
    • Yerevan (EVN) – 2 flights weekly
    • Belgrade (BEG) – 2 flights weekly
    • Baku (GYD) – 2 flights weekly
  • From Tallinn (TLL)
    • Split (SPU) – 2 flights weekly
    • Rhodes (RHO) – 2 flights weekly
    • Dubrovnik (DBV) – 2 flights weekly
    • Heraklion (HER) – 2 flights weekly
  • From Vilnius (VNO)
    • Malaga (AGP) – 2 flights weekly
    • Palma de Mallorca (PMI) – 2 flights weekly
    • Nice (NCE) – 2 flights weekly
    • Heraklion (HER) – 2 flights weekly

CEO of airBaltic, Martin Gauss, commented on the expansion, saying: “This is the largest number of new routes in a single season we have ever seen at airBaltic.”

“We continue to be committed to our home cities in the Baltics and improving connectivity to and from the region. We are glad to expand our airBaltic offering for the next summer season both with new route additions and increased flight frequencies on our existing leisure and city break routes.”

airBaltic’s Winter Schedule for 2022 & 2023

Just one month ago, the carrier announced its Winter Schedule, which is set to start on October 31st and offers airBaltic customers connectivity to over 50 destinations from Riga (RIX). The Winter Schedule includes the airlines’ first dip into the African aviation market, as well as their second route to the Canary Islands of Spain.

airBaltic’s winter schedules carry a lot of good for those wanting to escape the cold and are now carrying the airline’s first route to the continent of Africa, with flights to Marrakesh in Morocco.

On top of this, they will be adding a second route to Morocco’s neighbor island of Gran Canaria (LPA), with its service starting on November 1st and the Marrakesh (RAK) service beginning just a day earlier, on October 31st.

Customers will have a great amount of time to travel on these routes, as they both last until late March 2023.

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