airBaltic to fly Riga–Abu Dhabi codeshare with Etihad

airBaltic has announced direct Riga–Abu Dhabi flights which will begin on 16 December 2013 and will be a codeshare service with Etihad Airways.

Subject to regulatory approvals, airBaltic will operate the new four weekly return flights using a 116-seat Airbus A319 configured with 14 business class and 102 economy class seats. The flights will operate on a split schedule, ensuring optimal connectivity over each airline’s respective hubs in Abu Dhabi and Riga.

The UAE is one of Latvia’s main trading partners in the Gulf region. Latvia’s exports in 2012 to the UAE reached €72 million, 102% up on 2011.

Martin Gauss, chief executive officer of airBaltic, remarked, “We are delighted to link Latvia and the UAE, and improve our service to the customer by substantially reducing the travel time between the two capitals and, to destinations beyond. Our codeshare and interline co-operation will offer convenient connections to passengers travelling via Abu Dhabi to and from key destinations in Australia, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.”

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.

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