A new route between Riga and Lviv is part of a broader network development between the north and the rest of Europe.
airBaltic says it will launch a new direct summer seasonal service between Riga and the western Ukrainian city of Lviv on April 1 next year – the Latvian airline’s third destination in Ukraine after Kiev and Odessa.
The flights will be operated four times weekly on a Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft with one-way prices starting at €69.
“By launching new flights from Riga to Lviv, we continue to expand our summer route map and offer more travel opportunities to our passengers,” says Martin Gauss, airBaltic’s chief executive officer.
“Lviv is one of the most important economic and cultural centres of Ukraine, located near the picturesque eastern Carpathian Mountains.”
airBaltic flies to around 70 destinations from Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius, offering a variety of connections via Riga to its network spanning Scandinavia, Europe, the CIS and the Middle East.
For summer 2019, the airline has already introduced three new destinations from Tallinn, to Malaga, Brussels and Copenhagen, as well as a new direct route connecting Riga and Stuttgart – and now another one, from Riga to Lviv.
airBaltic’s primary shareholder is the Latvian state, which holds 80.05% of the stock, while Danish businessman Lars Thuesen holds around 20% through his fully-owned Aircraft Leasing 1 SIA. The airBaltic fleet consists of 36 aircraft – 13 Airbus A220-300s, 11 Boeing 737s and 12 Bombardier Q400Next Gen aircraft.