airBaltic to commence Riga-Liepaja flights
On 16 May, Latvia’s national airBaltic airline will commence inland flights from Riga to Liepaja, BNN was told by the airline’s representative Janis Vanags.
«Aviation forms up to 3% of the country’s economy and 2% of all jobs in the country. Commencing flights in Kurzeme is very important for us because it will add to our existing connectivity with Palanga. Riga-Liepaja route will offer new travel options between the two cities and offer more convenient transportation options for businessmen and tourists from 60 destinations,» airBaltic CEO Martin Gauss told BNN.
Liepaja City Council chairman Uldis Sesks emphasizes: «Ever since reconstruction had first commenced at Liepaja airport, restoration of flights from this city has been very eagerly expected by the city’s residents, especially businessmen.» «This event clearly shows Liepaja as a stable and important national and international destination. It will also help improve the city’s economic development and offer more varied opportunities for organization of international conferences, world-class concerts, European sports championships, medical tourism, as well as help more people learn about Liepaja as a prospective destination to visit. Before reconstruction, Liepaja airport serviced nearly 45,000 passengers and 2,700. I am confident that with the city’s current capabilities, we will not only reach this index soon, but also exceed it,» Sesks said. airBaltic will handle flights from Riga to Liepaja three times a week with Bombardier Q400 NextGen. Each flight will take 40 minutes. The price of a one-way ticket starts from EUR 15. Representatives say the new route will offer flights to travellers from 60 destinations serviced by airBaltic in Europe, Scandinavia, Middle East and CIS.