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airBaltic to Launch Riga - Istanbul Flights


airBaltic (Air Baltic Corporation AS) which connects the Baltic region with over 70 destinations in Europe, the Middle East, and the CIS, will soon launch direct flights to Istanbul, Türkiye.

As of April 1, the Latvian airline airBaltic will operate direct flights from Riga to Istanbul 4 days a week.

It will be operated by the Airbus A220-300 aircraft.



airBaltic, with its head office at Riga International Airport, has signed a GSA agreement with APG Turkey, Romania, and Moldova offices. Within the scope of the agreement, APG will provide sales, marketing, reservation, and ticketing services.

airBaltic provides flights to more than 70 destinations from Riga, Tallinn, Vilnius and Tampere, offering connections to a wide range of destinations in the airline's route network in Europe, Scandinavia, the CIS and the Middle East.



Over the last 27 years airBaltic has developed as a strong, profitable and internationally respected airline, which employs more than 2 200 employees. airBaltic is by far the best known international brand of Latvia and responsible for more than 2.5% of the Latvian GDP. airBaltic operates 39 Airbus A220-300 aircraft. airBaltic has received numerous international awards for excellence and innovative services. Skytrax has awarded Latvian airline airBaltic a five–star COVID-19 safety rating. In addition, airBaltic is one of the Top twenty airlines for COVID-19 compliance by the safety, product, and COVID-19 rating agency In 2018 and 2019 airBaltic received the ATW Airline Industry Achievement Award as the Market Leader of the Year. In addition, in 2019 airBaltic received Sector Leadership Award by Airline Business. airBaltic is a joint stock company that was established in 1995. Its primary shareholder is the Latvian state, which holds 97.96% of the stock, while the rest of the shareholders hold 2.04%.

Aviation industry indirectly provides close to 30 000 jobs in Latvia, while millions of people transfer through Riga, yet many more arrive to Latvia. Each year foreign tourists spend more than EUR 750 million in Latvia. 


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