Latvia’s airBaltic adds Rīga-Ventspils route

Latvian airline airBaltic will begin regularly scheduled flights to the western port city of Ventspils on April 11, the Rīga-based national carrier announced April 7.

The Rīga-Ventspils route is the second domestic route for airBaltic. The company last summer began flights to Liepāja, also a western port city.

“We are very pleased to open a second domestic route in Latvia,” airBaltic President and CEO Bertolt Flick said in a press release. “The Rīga-Liepāja route has developed successfully, and passenger numbers have increased substantially. This illustrates the potential for growth in domestic routes, and we are sure that the Rīga-Ventspils route will also be successful.”

The 45-minute flight will be on Fokker 50 airplanes. Tickets will cost LVL 4.10 from Ventspils to Rīga, but LVL 12.70 from Rīga to Ventspils.

The airline also flies internationally, with dozens of routes to Europe and the Middle East. In February, according to company statistics, airBaltic flew 3,125 flights carrying 143,572 passengers.

Fokker 50

Flights on the new Rīga-Ventspils route will be on Fokker 50 airplanes, airline company airBaltic has announced. (Photo courtesy airBaltic)

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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