MUC and airBaltic promote expansion in Riga

Second daily Riga-Munich flight promoted at Balttour 2012

The city of Munich, Munich Airport and exclusive hotels in the Bavarian capital ran one of the busiest stands at Balttour 2012 in Riga this weekend. Their main message: the Latvian airline airBaltic is doubling its flights to Munich to twice daily from March 25. The carrier flies to six cities in Germany – Berlin, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hannover and Munich – and the additional frequency to Bavaria demonstrates increasing faith in both the German and Latvian economies in 2012.
“We are working hard with airBaltic to fill twice as many seats on Riga-Munich,” Florian Pötsch, head of travel industry and hub marketing at Munich Airport, said at Balttour. “But we expect continued growth in business travel and tourism between the two cities.” Promotions of each destination are visible in either city, he said. “Not a week goes by without an article in the German press promoting one of the Baltic capitals.”
The expansion is part of airBaltic’s strategy to develop Riga into a transit hub for travel between cities in northern Europe (Scandinavia, Germany, Baltic states) and southern Europe, Russia and the CIS.
The second daily flight will depart RIX at 06:35, arriving at MUC at 07:50. The return leg departs 08:25 and arrives at RIX at 11:35. The route already has an evening flight.
Lufthansa is operating a double-daily route between its second hub in Munich and the Estonian capital Tallinn, but Lithuanians have to change planes at RIX or FRA in order to reach MUC.
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[pictured: Florian Pötsch (centre) and the team from Munich]