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Etihad partners with AirBaltic to launch direct flights to Riga

Abu Dhabi carrier will place its flight code on the new Latvian route and beyond to 15 other main regional cities

Etihad partners with AirBaltic to launch direct flights to Riga

Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways has teamed up with Latvian
carrier AirBaltic to operate direct flights between the UAE capital and Riga,
with an inauguration ceremony celebrating the first flight at Riga
International Airport.

From this week, AirBaltic will operate an Airbus
A319 aircraft, which will be configured with 14 seats in Business Class and 102
seats in Economy Class and will operate four times a week between the Latvian
capital and Etihad Airways' Abu Dhabi hub, the WAM news agency said.

Etihad Airways has placed its ‘EY' flight code on
the new AirBaltic operated service and beyond to 15 cities, including Alesund,
Barcelona, Bergen, Billund, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Lappeenranta, Oslo, Prague,
Stavanger, Stockholm, Tallinn, Turku, Vienna and Vilnius.

Subject to regulatory approvals, AirBaltic will
soon place its ‘BT' flight code on Etihad Airways flights beyond Abu Dhabi to
Cairo, Jakarta, Singapore, Bangkok, Amman and Muscat.

Speaking at the launch, Latvian Prime Minister,
Valdis Dombrovskis, said: "Today marks the first time Riga has been linked
by air with Abu Dhabi, one of the world's fastest growing cities, and a global
hub for airBaltic's code-share partner, Etihad Airways.

"This direct flight will open up a range of
business and leisure opportunities which previously never existed. It will
support trade development between Latvia and the rest of the world, increase
tourism in both directions, and result in a range of new connection options for
customers of both airlines."

Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of AirBaltic,
added: "Today's event is about two airlines working together, using the
strengths and opportunities of each carrier's network, and putting an
attractive travel proposition to our most important target - the customer.

"Working with Etihad Airways, we look forward
to making this new route and the connectivity it offers over Riga and Abu Dhabi
a great success, and we will continue to look at ways to expand our network in
the future."

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