Etihad Airways and airBaltic announced direct flights from Riga-Abu Dhabi. These new flights will commence on 16 December 2013.
The announcement follows a code-share agreement between the two airlines. Subject to regulatory approvals, airBaltic will operate four weekly return flights using a 116 seat Airbus A319 aircraft.
With seating capacity for 14 business class and 102 economy class passengers, the flights will operate on a split schedule.
James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ president and chief executive officer, said: “The trade, cultural and leisure ties between UAE and Latvia have never been stronger and this new direct flight marks the start of our code-share partnership. It is also the first time we are able to offer Riga as an Etihad Airways code-share destination. The new route will be of huge benefit to Latvian travellers visiting Abu Dhabi for business or leisure.”
Etihad 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. In return, airBaltic will place its ‘BT’ flight code on Etihad Airways flights beyond Abu Dhabi to Cairo, Jakarta, Singapore, Bangkok, Amman and Muscat.