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On June 8, Latvian national airline airBaltic will launch flights between Tehran, Iran, and Riga for passengers travelling via the Latvian capital to/from Europe, Scandinavia, CIS countries, and the Baltic region.
The Latvian government today approved the construction of a new terminal by the Latvian airline airBaltic.
Latvian airline airBaltic carried overall 199,085 passengers in January 2010 (from Riga, Vilnius and Tallin), representing 12% more than in the same month in 2009, when airBaltic transported 177,197 passengers. In January of this year, the number of passengers at the base of airBaltic in Riga has increased by 20% compared to the same period last year.
The Latvian national airline airBaltic has announced an increase in the number of flights it will offer from Rīga to Brussels during the summer of 2010 – two flights every workday.
Attracted by lower prices in hotels and restaurants, and the marketing campaigns under the city brand LIVE Rīga, the number of travellers have been steadily increasing to Riga since the year end in 2009, helping the Latvian capital to outpace its neighbours.
Last night the self-portrait of Leonardo da Vinci took a flight for the first time in history, after receiving approval from Italian authorities. Leonardo da Vinci (the so-called Lucanian Portrait) travelled airBaltic route from Rome via Riga to Tallinn, accompanied by a group of scientists, art historians and officials.
airBaltic’s BalticMiles member Ilze Gelnere received one million BalticMiles points from the airline as part of its loyalty programme. Ilze will be able to use the points over the next three years to purchase flights and other BalticMiles products for herself, her friends and relatives.
RIGA continues its strong growth in 2010 welcoming 297 659 passengers or 16 per cent (40 974 passengers) more than in January 2009 when 256 685 passengers were served.
From 5th to 7th February a traditional tourism fair „Balttour 2010” will take place, and as usual it will gladly welcome inhabitants and tourism professionals from Latvia, as well as from other European countries. Also this year Jūrmala will participate with its own stand ands will offer information about leisure time activities and recovery opportunities, provide tourism information materials, such as new brochure “Jūrmala 2010” and brochures of Jurmala’s places of tourist accommodations, information about events this year, about active recreation etc.
Today, at a gala ceremony in Singapore Aaron Karp, Senior Editor of the world’s leading aviation magazine Air Transport World presented ATW’s Phoenix Award to Bertolt Flick, President and CEO of airBaltic. This highly regarded award recognises the fundamental changes that airBaltic has so successfully implemented, despite the exceptional harsh market conditions.ATW’s award ceremony took place at the Swissotel-The Stamford in Singapore.
On 29 March, as the summer flight schedule sets in, RIGA International Airport will welcome its third new airline so far this year – the Romanian national carrier TAROM. The Romanian airline will operate four flights a week between Riga and Bucharest.
Latvian national airline airBaltic will launch new flights from Vilnius to Dublin, Hamburg, Manchester, and Oslo, thus offering already 13 direct flight routes from Vilnius. airBaltic will start direct flights to Dublin on March 29, to Hamburg on March 30, and to Manchester on March 31. The airline will operate the first flight to Oslo on May 17.
The Hungarian low-costs airline Wizz Air might build a hub in the Riga airport in the summer of 2010, Josef Varadi, chief director of Wizz Air said.
On March 4, Latvia’s national airline airBalticwill start direct flights from Vilnius to London (Gatwick).
In June, the Latvian national airline airBaltic will launch flights from Riga to the Jordanian capital city of Amman and the Lebanese capital of Beirut. Nonstop flights to Amman will begin on June 1, and the first flight to Beirut will be offered on June 2.