airBaltic announces Manchester route

Rīga-based airBaltic in August will begin direct flights from the Latvian capital to the industrial city of Manchester in the United Kingdom, the airline announced June 9.

Flights will commence Aug. 16 three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, the airline said in a press release. The cost of a one-way ticket will be LVL 49 plus airport taxes.

Passengers will travel on a 120-seat Boeing 737. The flight will take about three hours.

The new route will be the second airBaltic flight to the United Kingdom and the 21st overall.

Founded in 1995, airBaltic is owned mainly by the the Latvian government and the Swedish airline SAS.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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