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airBaltic to open route to Liepāja in May

Latvia's flag carrier airline airBaltic will begin domestic flights linking Riga and Liepaja on May 16, 2017, the airline told the press on Monday.

“Aviation sector supports up to 3% of the national economy, and 2% of the jobs. For the regional economies of Western Latvia and Lithuania, our new Liepaja service is vital, and complements the existing Palanga operation,” said Martin Gauss, the head of airBaltic.

Before the airport was closed for a reconstruction, it served nearly 45 thousand passengers and 2,700 aircraft, said Liepaja mayor Uldis Sesks, adding that he's confident that the city will soon be able to reach even better results.

airBaltic will serve three flights a week, each lasting around 40 minutes. One-way tickets start at €15.

Liepāja, Latvia's third-largest city, is an ice-free port and had 83,500 residents as per the 2011 census. 

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