New flights have been announced to European cities, available to north-east holidaymakers at Aberdeen Airport from next year. Cities such as the Latvian capital of Riga will be run on a 3 flight a week basis facilitated by the airline Air Baltic,who have not flown from Aberdeen since September 2014.
The re-introduction of the route to Riga will coincide with phase one of Aberdeen International Airports £20million terminal transformation. The aim of the development is to deliver a two-storey extension with brand new immigration and baggage reclaim facilities.
Following Air Baltic’s return to Aberdeen, Ryanair have announced they too will return to the city in 2017, along with new routes to holiday destinations such as Alicante, Malaga and Faro. Aberdeen International Airport plays a huge role as an economic driver for the region, contributing more than £110 million a year to the local economy, while also boasting Europe’s busiest commercial heliport.
Carol Benzie, Managing Director of Aberdeen International Airport, said: “This is brilliant news from Air Baltic and it will be fantastic to welcome them back to Aberdeen next summer.“We are continually working to strengthen our route network and I’m delighted to add the vibrant, cosmopolitan city of Riga to our ever-expanding list of leisure routes.
“The route will also provide Aberdeen holidaymakers with easy access to a number of increasingly popular destinations in the Baltic states, such as Tallinn, Palanga and Vilnius, which was one of the most requested destinations in a leisure survey we undertook with our local community earlier this year.
“Furthermore, Aberdeen is one of the top five most requested destinations amongst Air Baltic’s passengers, which suggests that this route also has huge potential to generate significant inbound tourism for Aberdeen.”
Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of Air Baltic, said: “Air Baltic provides the world with an important link to the Baltic region. As part of our Horizon 2021 business plan, we will improve our connections to key airports by opening at least eight new routes in 2017.”