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.

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«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.

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