airBaltic is to launch scheduled flights between Manchester and Riga, Latvia from spring next year.

Launching 29 March 2020, the new route will take place four times weekly and will be operated on the Airbus A220-300 aircraft.

“It’s great to see airBaltic come to Manchester Airport with flights to Riga,” commented Manchester Airport commercial director Stephen Turner. “It is already a very popular destination, so it is great to see the Latvian flag carrier come onto the route too, giving additional choice and flexibility for the 22 million people in our vast catchment area.”

Turner added that as well as enabling passengers to visit Riga it also “massively opens up Eastern Europe and Russia to our passengers, which will benefit business and leisure travellers alike. We look forward to the route starting next year.”

Martin Gauss, chief executive officer of airBaltic commented: “Riga is a dynamic city and a key business centre of the Baltic states and has a lot to offer to both business and leisure travellers. It is also a very convenient transfer point with excellent connections within our wide route network.

“Our passengers will be able to travel to both cities for very attractive prices in the economy or our full-service business class on the new and comfortable Airbus A220-300 aircraft,” he added.

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