Latvian carrier airBaltic announced on Tuesday new service between Riga and Yekaterinburg, Russia starting April 1, 2020. Yekaterinburg will be airBaltic’s six Russian destination including Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Sochi and Kazan.
Earlier this week, airBaltic announced new service from Riga to Yekaterinburg in Russia, starting April 1, 2020. Yekaterinburg will be the carrier’s sixth Russian destination as they already serve Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Sochi and Kazan from Riga. AirBaltic continues to expand their service to Russia and in 2019 carried 16% more passengers year-over-year to Russian destinations. Service from Riga to Yekaterinburg will be operated twice weekly and the route will be serviced by an Airbus A220-300. In Tuesday’s announcement, airBaltic’s Chief Executive Officer, Martin Gauss said,
“We are delighted to add Yekaterinburg as the 14th new destination to our summer 2020 route map. Every year more than half of all passengers from Russia are choosing Riga as a transfer hub to over 70 destinations in Europe, Scandinavia, the CIS and Middle East served by AirBaltic. By launching flights from Riga to Yekaterinburg, we are offering one additional gateway between Europe and Russia and vice versa.”
Established in 1995, airBaltic is a joint stock company with most of the equity (80%) held by the Latvian state and the remaining shares held by Lars Thuesen through his holding company Aircraft Leasing 1 SIA. The airline connects the Baltic region to over 70 destinations in Europe, the Middle East, and the CIS. AirBaltic has a fleet of 28 aircraft including 22 Airbus A220-300s, four Boeing 737s and 12 Bombardier (now DeHavilland Canada) Q400 Next Generation aircraft. The airline previously announced 14 new routes for summer 2020 including four direct destinations from Tallinn, Estonia and five new destinations from Vilnius, Lithuania.