Ryanair has announced the launch of a new base in Riga, Latvia, in October 2021. The base is set to operate two Boeing 737-800, resulting in 16 new international routes across Europe for Riga. The airline will be operating 95 flights a week out of Riga, with 30 routes-16 of which are new.
The new base represents an investment of $200 million and will increase connectivity to the region. It will also play a key role in recovering jobs and the local economy. The launch of a new base will be creating direct 60 new job opportunities.
Ryanair is an Irish low-cost airline founded in 1984. Its primary operational bases are in Dublin and London Stansted airports. It forms the largest part of the Ryanair Holdings family of airlines. Ryanair operates more than 400 Boeing 737-800 aircraft, with a single 737-700 used as a charter aircraft.
The airline will be operating following new routes from the Riga base starting from October 2021.
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Opportunities for Latvian tourists
Ryanair is providing a great opportunity to Latvian consumers and tourists to plan their winter schedule. The opportunity is available till March 2022, on even low fares and with the option to avail of Ryanair’s zero change fee should plans change. Ryanair has launched a seat sale with fares available from just £19.99 for travel until the end of March 2022. However, the flight must be booked by midnight Saturday (1st May) on the website ryanair.com.
We are delighted to announce the opening of a new base in Riga, which will support economic recovery as well as international connectivity, delivering 16 new routes (30 in total) from the end of October. This is a significant announcement for the Ryanair Group and a great boost for Buzz in Latvia with the creation of 60 jobs. These new routes provide our Latvian consumers with even greater choice. It will connect them to a host of international destinations, as Riga welcomes tourists from 17 countries this winter.– Jason McGuinness, Commercial Director, Ryanair
A boost for Ryanair and Riga
The new base at Riga will be a significant boost to Ryanair’s capacity at Riga, as 3.66% out of the current 20,868 weekly passengers seats at the airport. This service will be creating 60 new jobs while moving in the US $200 million into the Riga base.
Furthermore, Ryanair will be competing with AirBaltic on at least eight new routes. Airbaltic holds a share of more than 81.3% of the total weekly seat capacity at Riga.
When other airlines are reducing their workforce, we are delighted to be making further investments in both our people and in airports throughout Europe.– Jason McGuinness, Commercial Director, Ryanair