April start for airBaltic flights direct to Paris

17th February 2005, Comments 0 comments

RIGA, Feb 17 (AFP) - Latvia's national carrier AirBaltic will begin direct flights to Paris at the end of April, the company said on Thursday.

RIGA, Feb 17 (AFP) - Latvia's national carrier AirBaltic will begin direct flights to Paris at the end of April, the company said on Thursday.

"AirBaltic will launch direct flights to Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport on April 30," the company reported.

Initially AirBaltic will operate three flights a week to Paris, using a Boeing 737-500 plane. The flight from Riga to Paris will take two hours and 50 minutes.

AirBaltic, in which the Latvian state holds a 52.6 percent stake and Scandinavian airline SAS 47.2 percent, currently operates flights from Riga and Vilnius to over 20 cities in Europe.

Last year, the carrier saw passenger numbers soar to 589,300, up 75 percent compared with 2003, when AirBaltic served 336,400 passengers.

The number of flights operated by the airline climbed 57 percent, with16,205 flights in 2004 compared to 10,316 the previous year.

The growth was related to a one-way low-price policy.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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