AirBaltic launching flights from Manchester to Riga
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Latvian carrier AirBaltic will return to Manchester Airport (MAN) from March 2020 after a 10-year absence. As first reported by Breaking Travel News, AirBaltic will operate from Manchester with direct flights to Riga (RIX).
The carrier will use its new Airbus A220 aircraft to operate the service four times weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from 29 March 2020 as follows:
- BT672 Manchester (MAN) 5:40 p.m. Departure ⇒ Riga (RIX) 10:15 p.m. Arrival
- BT671 Riga (RIX) 4:10 p.m. Departure ⇒ Manchester (MAN) 5:00 p.m. Arrival
Manchester Airport management has welcomed the news, stating that Riga is “Already a very popular destination, so it is great to see the Latvian flag carrier come onto the route too, giving additional choice and flexibility for the 22 million people in our vast catchment area. [This route] also massively open up Eastern Europe and Russia to our passengers, which will benefit business and leisure travellers alike”.
The airline has championed the new A220-300 aircraft as the launch customer and already has 20 in its fleet, promising wider seats, larger windows, more room for hand luggage and improved lavatories. The Latvian flag carrier offers 145 seats in a unique 2-3 configuration on this aircraft. AirBaltic has already pushed the plane to its full range limits, operating seasonal services from Riga (RIX) to Abu Dhabi (AUH) — an almost 3,000-mile route usually featuring wide-body, long-range aircraft.
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