airBaltic starts flying to Abu Dhabi

Latvian airline airBaltic in cooperation with the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Etihad Airways on October 29 launched a direct service between Riga and Abu Dhabi.

Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic: “We are delighted to launch the new Riga – Abu Dhabi route. Thanks to our cooperation with Etihad Airways we can now offer our customers brand new flying experience flying with the world’s most modern jet aircraft CS300 to the Middle East and beyond for affordable prices.”

As can be seen above, the inaugural flight was marked by the consumption of a very large and extravagantly decorated cake.

The airline says passengers have already made over 9 000 bookings on the Riga – Abu Dhabi route and it is popular among travelers from Latvia and outside, as 30% of the bookings currently come from transfer passengers mostly from Scandinavia and the Baltics.

airBaltic said it had seen particular demand for the flight to the Formula 1 Grand Prix, which will take place in Abu Dhabi in the last weekend of November.

Riga and Abu Dhabi will be linked by 4 flights each week using a Bombardier CS300 aircraft for a flight that will last 6 hours and 15 minutes. One-way ticket prices start at 129 euros
EUR, including airport fees and transaction costs. A full schedule of airBaltic flights can be found on the company's homepage at www.airbaltic.com

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