British Airways expands short-haul network from London Heathrow

British Airways has announced the addition of new destinations to its short-haul route network from London Heathrow.

The new destinations include Riga in Latvia and Belgrade in Serbia, with flights set to commence from October 2023.

The respective offerings include:

Riga, Latvia (RIX): British Airways will launch a three-times weekly service from London Heathrow starting from October 29, 2023. The flights will operate on a mix of A320 and A321 aircraft, with return fares available from £73, or £1 + 23,500 Avios. Riga is the largest city in both Latvia and the Baltic states, known for its foodie scene, unique architecture, and green spaces.

Belgrade, Serbia (BEG): British Airways will begin a three-times weekly service from London Heathrow on October 31, 2023. Flights will be operated on a mix of A320 and A321 aircraft, with return fares available from £105, or £1 + 23,500 Avios. Belgrade, located at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers, attracts visitors with its rich history, vibrant nightlife, and Bohemian quarter, Skadarlija.

Cologne, Germany (CGN): British Airways will launch a 12-times weekly service from London Heathrow starting October 30, 2023. Flights will be operated on a mix of A320 and A321 aircraft, with return fares available from £92, or £1 + 18,500 Avios. Cologne offers visitors a blend of historic landmarks, world-class museums, and a lively scene of traditional German food and drink.

Additionally, British Airways’ subsidiary, BA Cityflyer, based at London City Airport, will introduce a weekly service to Milan Linate Airport (LIN) from November 5, 2023, using Embraer 190 aircraft. Weekly winter flights from Heathrow to Turin, Italy (TRN), will also be available from December 10, 2023, to complement the existing daily service from London Gatwick with BA Euroflyer.

Furthermore, BA Cityflyer’s route to San Sebastian, Spain (EAS), will be extended into the winter season, becoming a year-round route. Heathrow operations to Ljubljana, Slovenia (LJU), and Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW) will also continue into the winter, offering more travel options for passengers.

Neil Chernoff, British Airways’ Director of Network and Alliances, said: ‘We are excited to be adding European cities Riga, Belgrade and Cologne to our route network. These are destinations that we think our customers will love, offering an alternative to some of the more well-known cities we fly to. We also know that Italy in particular is a firm favourite with our customers, so we look forward to adding more capacity with flights to Milan and Turin, alongside more choice across Europe generally.’

Customers can book flights and explore British Airways Holidays packages on the company’s website, www.ba.com. The airline’s flight network includes more than 190 destinations across over 65 countries.

airBaltic launches new Dublin to Riga service

Dublin Airport has said that airBaltic will commence a four times weekly summer service to Riga.

The airline will operate the new service with an Airbus A220-300.

‘We are delighted to welcome airBaltic back to Dublin Airport re-establishing the connection between our two capital cities,’ said Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison.

‘Riga is a beautiful city steeped in history and culture and its old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Not only can passengers now fly direct to Riga they can also connect there to a range of destinations such as Tallinn, Vilinius, Russia and the Middle East,’ he added.

Commenting on the new service, airBaltic Chief Executive Martin Gauss said, ‘Riga is a dynamic city and the key business centre of the Baltic states. We are excited to connect Dublin and Riga as it opens up connections not only to Latvia but also to our wider home region with Tallinn and Vilnius as well as many destinations in Scandinavia, the CIS and Middle East.’

Dublin Airport has flights to around 200 destinations in 43 countries, operated by 56 airlines. Last year the airport welcomed 31.5 million passengers, which was a six percent increase on the previous 12 months.

airBaltic serves over 70 destinations from Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius, offering connections via Riga to its network across Europe, Scandinavia, the CIS and the Middle East.

airBaltic, Ryanair announce new services from Dublin Airport for summer

Dublin Airport has said that airBaltic is planning to launch a new Dublin-Riga service for summer.

Starting March 31, the new service will operate four times per week to the Latvian capital. airBaltic serves over 70 destinations from Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius, offering connections to its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, the CIS and the Middle East. Tickets for the new Riga service are available to book.

Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said, ‘This new service to Riga will further enhance the connectivity between Ireland and Latvia and is good news for passengers as it will offer additional choice and convenience.’

Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic added, ‘This route has had strong demand for years now and we are very happy that we can add flights between the two cities to our expanding route portfolio. airBaltic passengers now will have direct flights to Riga with the new Airbus A220-300 aircraft.’

Earlier in December, Ryanair announced plans to launch new services from Dublin Airport to the Croatian cities of Dubrovnik and Split in 2019.

The new services will operate twice weekly starting from June as part of Ryanair’s summer 2019 schedule. Ryanair will have 13 new services from Dublin Airport for summer to Bodrum, Bordeaux, Bournemouth, Caligari, Dubrovnik, Frankfurt, Gothenburg, Kyiv, London Southend, Lourdes, Luxembourg, Split and Thessaloniki, it said.

Currently, Dublin Airport operates flights to almost 190 destinations in 43 countries, operated by 56 airlines.

Aberdeen International Airport commences services to Riga and Faro

Aberdeen International Airport has said that it has launched two new destinations ahead of the summer season. As the third and fourth new routes of the year, Aberdeen passengers will now be able to travel direct to Riga and Faro.

Low-cost airline airBaltic recently launched its newest route from Aberdeen International with the first flight to Riga taking off on May 2. The Latvian airline will operate three times a week from Aberdeen offering customers links to the Latvian capital and Baltic States.

Carol Benzie, Managing Director of Aberdeen International, said: ‘It is fantastic to welcome airBaltic back to Aberdeen today with the launch of our Riga route. The route will provide Aberdeen holidaymakers with easy access to a number of increasingly popular destinations in the Baltic States, such as Tallin, Palanga and Vilnius, which was one of the most requested destinations in a leisure survey we undertook with our local community last year.

‘We are continually working to strengthen our route network and I am delighted to add the vibrant, cosmopolitan city of Riga to our ever-expanding list of leisure routes.’

The Riga route is the third to be launched at Aberdeen International this year and joins the current holiday-routes to Malaga and Alicante – services that were launched earlier this year. A few hours after airBaltic’s first Aberdeen to Riga flight departed, Aberdeen International launched its second new route to Faro, another popular holiday-destination in Southern Portugal. With the new Ryanair service to Faro, passengers from Aberdeen International Airport will now be able to travel twice a week to the golfing-hotspots of the Algarve region.

Riga and Faro now join Aberdeen International Airport’s list of holiday and city-break destinations available to passengers in the region. The two new routes have been launched as the airport prepares for the opening of its terminal transformation development, which will see new international and domestic arrivals facilities being open to the public, the airport said.