09 Oct 2013 07:00
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and airBaltic, Latvia’s flag carrier, today announced that direct Riga-Abu Dhabi flights will commence on December 16, 2013.
announcement follows the signing of a codeshare agreement between the two
airlines. Subject to regulatory
approvals, airBaltic will operate the new four weekly return flights using a
116 seat Airbus A319 aircraft.
capacity for 14 Business class and 102 Economy class passengers, the flights
will operate on a split schedule, ensuring optimal connectivity over each
airline’s respective hubs in Abu Dhabi and Riga.
Hogan, Etihad Airways’ President and Chief Executive Officer, said: “The trade,
cultural and leisure ties between the UAE and Latvia have never been stronger
and this new direct flight marks the start of our codeshare partnership with
airBaltic and the linking of the capital cities of both countries by air for
the very first time. It is also the
first time we are able to offer Riga as an Etihad Airways codeshare
route will be of huge benefit to Latvian travellers visiting Abu Dhabi for
business or leisure, in addition to offering seamless connections over our hub
to destinations across the globe. In
tandem, it will allow Etihad Airways to offer destinations flown by airBaltic
beyond its Riga hub, particularly in northern and eastern Europe.”
is one of Latvia’s main trading partners in the Gulf region. In 2012, Latvia’s exports to the UAE reached
EUR 72 million, 102 per cent up on 2011.*
Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic, said: “We are delighted to link
Latvia and the UAE, and improve our service to the customer by substantially
reducing the travel time between the two capitals and, to destinations
beyond. Our codeshare and interline
cooperation will offer convenient connections to passengers travelling via Abu
Dhabi to and from key destinations in Australia, Asia, Africa, and the Middle
Airways will place its ‘EY’ flight code on the new Riga flights, and subject to
government approvals, beyond to 19 cities including: Billund, Copenhagen, Tallinn, Helsinki,
Lappeenranta, Turku, Hamburg, Alesund, Bergen, Oslo, Stavanger, Vilnius,
Warsaw, Stockholm, Kiev, Vienna, Prague, Barcelona and Istanbul.
return, airBaltic will place its ‘BT’ flight code on Etihad Airways flights
beyond Abu Dhabi to Cairo, Jakarta, Singapore, Bangkok, Amman and Muscat.
concluded: “Global reach is beyond the
capacity of any single airline and our view is that progress must come through
partnership. This partnership agreement
with airBaltic, our 47th codeshare, will deliver significant passenger and
cargo benefits for both carriers.”
Riga-Abu Dhabi flights are on sale from today.