The new airBaltic route will be operated in cooperation with Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which will launch a direct service between Riga and Abu Dhabi on October 29, 2017.
airBaltic will operate the Riga – Abu Dhabi route 4 times weekly with a long-range Bombardier CS300 aircraft. Etihad Airways will be its codeshare partner on the route.
Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic said: “We are delighted to link Latvia and the UAE with our brand-new Bombardier CS300 that fly longer distances and reach airports that we were not able to serve with our fleet before.
"Our codeshare cooperation with Etihad Airways will offer convenient connections to passengers travelling from the Baltic airports to the UAE capital Abu Dhabi and further to key destinations in Australia, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, as well as provide new travelling opportunities from Abu Dhabi to European and Scandinavian airports."
Prices (one-way) start from €129 in basic class, €249 in Premium and €799 in Business class. Flight time will be 6 hours, 15 minutes.