British Airways’ inaugural London – Riga Flight, marking their return to the route after a hiatus of over 15 years, touched down at Riga International Airport (RIX) at 19:00 local time yesterday.
The first London – Riga flight received a warm local welcome as it taxied to its stand, with traditional drummers greeting passengers as they disembarked from the aircraft.
Throughout the winter season, British Airways will operate flights three times a week between its hub at Heathrow Terminal 5 and the Latvian capital. These flights are scheduled for Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. The service will be facilitated by a combination of A320 and A321 aircraft, with return fares available starting from 85 EUR or 73 GBP, or for 1 EUR plus 23,500 Avios, which is British Airways’ loyalty club currency. Passengers on this 2-hour and 50-minute flight can relish the quintessentially British product and service offered by the airline. Moreover, Executive Club members can both earn and redeem miles on these flights.
Neil Chernoff, the Director of Network and Alliances at British Airways, expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “As we continue our investment program into new products, services, and technology, we’re excited to further strengthen our connections between London and the Baltics and be back in Latvia after such a long time. Riga is a destination we know our customers will love, and we look forward to welcoming leisure and business travelers and those visiting family and friends on board.”
Liene Freivalde, Director of Aviation Services and Business Development at Riga Airport, also welcomed the return of British Airways, saying, “British Airways has been a very popular carrier in the Baltic aviation market, so this return is really welcome. The connection with Heathrow Airport is a great addition to Riga Airport’s network of destinations. We expect that it will be especially appreciated by the corporate environment. However, regardless of the reason for traveling – a business trip or a leisure trip, direct traffic with Heathrow and onward connections to the world is a significant benefit for Baltic passengers.”
British Airways is a global full-service airline with operations spanning more than 65 countries. It offers a comprehensive flight network, both domestically and internationally, with flights operating from central airports at convenient times. Through its sustainability program, BA Better World, the airline is committed to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.