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Seven-year itch brings SAS back to RIX

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) is returning to Latvia with direct flights from Stockholm to Riga as of March 29, the flag carrier of Sweden, Norway and Denmark announced Wednesday.

This brings the largest regional airline back to Riga International Airport (RIX) after a seven-year absence. The flights scheduled from the end of March will be the first since July 2008.

Rūta Juciene, regional head of SAS for the Baltic states, stated:

“For years Sweden has been one of Latvia’s main cooperation partners, as well as the largest foreign investor so far. This has prompted an increase in business travel between the two countries. In light of that, as well as the fact that Latvia’s economy is showing stable recovery signs, SAS has taken the strategic decision to react to our client’s needs and open direct flights from Rīga to Stockholm.”

She pointed out that in addition to Latvia’s economic growth, its Presidency of the Council of the EU during the first half of 2015 has had an effect on demand for flights.

SAS will run eighteen flights a week to and from Riga: three daily weekday flights and up to two on the weekends.

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