Latvia's airBaltic announces additional Amsterdam and Frankfurt repatriation flights

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Latvian national airline airBaltic plans on organizing special flights to and from Amsterdam and Frankfurt to bring Baltic states nationals home through Rīga in April and May, according to the airline on April 9.

Each flight can carry up to 140 passengers, and flights are currently planned for April 15, 22, 29 and May 6. The flights are organized with special permission from the Foreign Affairs Ministry and Transport Ministry. Tickets will be available soon and can be reserved by calling airBaltic's specially designated call center: +371 67207771.

Passengers traveling from Rīga must have permission to enter the destination country. airBaltic suggests contacting the corresponding institutions to establish permissions to fly before contacting the airline.

  • April 15, 11:00 a.m.   Riga (RIX) - Amsterdam (AMS)    170 EUR
  • April 15, 11:50 a.m.   Riga (RIX) - Frankfurt (FRA)    190 EUR
  • April 15, 02:20 p.m.   Amsterdam (AMS) - Riga (RIX)    170 EUR
  • April 15, 03:10 p.m.   Frankfurt (FRA) - Riga (RIX)    190 EUR
  • April 22, 11:00 a.m.   Riga (RIX) - Amsterdam (AMS)    170 EUR
  • April 22, 11:50 a.m.   Riga (RIX) - Frankfurt (FRA)    190 EUR
  • April 22, 02:20 p.m.   Amsterdam (AMS) - Riga (RIX)    170 EUR
  • April 22, 03:10 p.m.   Frankfurt (FRA) - Riga (RIX)    190 EUR
  • April 29, 11:00 a.m.   Riga (RIX) - Amsterdam (AMS)    170 EUR
  • April 29, 11:50 a.m.   Riga (RIX) - Frankfurt (FRA)    190 EUR
  • April 29, 02:20 p.m.   Amsterdam (AMS) - Riga (RIX)    170 EUR
  • April 29, 03:10 p.m.   Frankfurt (FRA) - Riga (RIX)    190 EUR
  • May 06, 11:00 a.m.   Riga (RIX) - Amsterdam (AMS)    170 EUR
  • May 06, 11:50 a.m.   Riga (RIX) - Frankfurt (FRA)    190 EUR
  • May 06, 02:20 p.m.   Amsterdam (AMS) - Riga (RIX)    170 EUR
  • May 06, 03:10 p.m.   Frankfurt (FRA) - Riga (RIX)    190 EUR

Any arriving passengers experiencing Covid-19 novel coronavirus symptoms should see the medics located in terminal E and C of Rīga International Airport upon arrival and before collecting baggage. All returning passengers must observe mandatory 14-day self-isolation.

As previously reported, Latvia's cabinet decided on April 7 to extend the current state of emergency in the country by one month. Consequently the current status - which allows the government extra leeway in its legislative and financial decision-making - will remain in place until May 12. During this time all previously scheduled airBaltic flights are cancelled.

Also reported, airBaltic announced further reductions in its summer schedules. "As the Coronavirus crisis continues, significantly affecting demand for air travel, airBaltic is forced to further decrease its overall capacity between April 15 and October 31, 2020, cancelling approximately 50% of its flights," an announcement from the company said.

In addition, airBaltic has made a decision to delay launch of the new routes it had planned for summer season of 2020 from all three Baltic states as well as temporarily discontinue a number of additional routes. The company has won praise for operating repatriation flights to bring people home to the Baltic states and recently operated a special flight to China to bring back medical supplies. 

Passengers who have bookings for the affected flights will be contacted via e-mail individually and offered travel alternatives. Latest information concerning the travel updates from airBaltic can be found on the company’s website.

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