British Airways made a triumphant return to Latvia with its first flight from London Heathrow Airport to Riga International Airport in over 15 years. The inaugural flight arrived at the destination at 19:05 local time.
Since British Airways last operated flights to Latvia in 2007, this inaugural flight from the flag carrier of the United Kingdom was met with a warm local welcome, including traditional drummers greeting passengers as they stepped off the aircraft.
This winter, British Airways will be operating three flights per week on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays between its home at Heathrow and Riga, the Latvian capital.
Flights are operated by A320 and A321 aircraft, with return fares starting from 85 EUR/ 73 GPB or 1 EUR + 23,500 Avios, British Airways’ loyalty club currency. Passengers on the 2-hour and 50-minute flight can enjoy the airline’s quintessentially British service, while Executive Club members can earn and redeem miles for their journey.
Neil Chernoff, the Director of Network and Alliances at British Airways, said, “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 travellers and those visiting family and friends on board the new service.”
Liene Freivalde, the Director of Aviation Services and Business Development at Riga Airport, said, “British Airways has always been a hugely popular carrier in the Baltics, so this return is warmly welcomed. A direct connection to Heathrow Airport is a fantastic addition to Riga Airport’s network and we know it’s already been very positively received by corporate customers in particular. British Airways’ flight from Riga to Heathrow opens up more destinations globally, which is a significant benefit for Baltic passengers.”
British Airways customers have access to one of the world’s most extensive flight networks to more than 65 countries internationally as well as domestically. The airline exhibits a strong commitment towards sustainability, which is evident from its program, BA Better World, which aims to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
For more travel-related updates and news, follow NCL Travel.