With the transition to winter time, the autumn/winter flight schedule will come into force at Riga Airport on 1 November, offering passengers an extensive list of destinations, including new routes.
In the new season, 13 airlines will operate flights from Riga to more than 80 scheduled and charter destinations. Currently, the planned total number of flights from Riga is stable and comparable to the number of flights and destinations in September – October, despite the fact that airlines reduce both the number of destinations and flights offered during the winter season and plan fewer or cancel both scheduled and charter flights to summer destinations.
The national airline airBaltic has planned to resume a number of winter destinations. From 18 December, it will be possible to take a direct flight once a week to Kittilä in northern Finland, which is a popular winter resort. Direct flights to Geneva, Salzburg and Verona will also be resumed once a week from 18 December.
The largest number of new and resumed destinations from Riga this season will be offered by the Irish low-cost airline Ryanair, which will launch flights to 17 destinations using Riga-based aircraft. Four of the routes are new for Riga Airport passengers: three times a week flights to Aarhus in Denmark, two flights a week to Krakow in Poland, Memmingen in Germany and Palermo in Italy. The first flights to Aarhus and Krakow took place on 28 October, with the first flight to Memmingen taking place on 29 October and to Palermo on 30 October.
After a break of almost ten years, Bristol will also return to the route map of Riga Airport; Ryanair operated the last flight from Riga to Bristol almost ten years ago.
On 20 December, the Norwegian airline Norwegian will resume flights between Riga and the third largest Norwegian city Trondheim twice a week. airBaltic will also continue flights to Trondheim.
Riga Airport is a fast-growing Northern European air traffic hub, connecting the Baltic countries with European business centres and popular holiday destinations. As a member organization of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Aviation Industry Charter for COVID-19, Riga Airport works to the highest standards of epidemiological safety. Skytrax has awarded Riga Airport a four-star rating for its implemented Covid-19 safety measures.