For the first time ever, airBaltic has launched an Amsterdam – Tallinn route establishing direct links to all three Baltic capitals connecting the Dutch capital.
Gazpromneft-Aero has concluded a long-term agreement for two years with airBaltic, the Latvian national airline, for refueling new scheduled flights from Riga to Moscow (Vnukovo International Airport).
Later this month, March 22 onwards that is, Latvians will be able to visit the United Arab Emirates without visa restrictions. This, according to the Foreign Ministry’s Press and Information Division.
A brand new art center has opened in Daugavpils, Latvia. The multi-million euro Mark Rothko Art Center, a state-of-the-art venue dedicated to the local artist, is a welcome new attraction for visitors to the country.
According to news last week from airBaltic, the Latvian airline operated 3,235 flights in December of 2012, a number down some 8% over the previous year’s totals.
Last week airBaltic announced having ordered 10 new Bombardier CS300 airliners. The airline, based in Riga, Latvia, also purchased the rights to an additional 10 planes, according to their news.
In airline news from the Baltic region, Latvia ministers seem to think that Estonian and Latvian national air carriers should merge. Valdis Dombrovskis, Latvia’s Prime Minister, and transportation head Aivis Ronis spoke recently of a Riga central hub serving both countries.
It may be named as simply another section of the European continent but Eastern Europe holds a unique history and an appeal all its own for travelers from the United States. Plagued by conflict and with its people heavily oppressed for much of its history and until as few as 20 years ago in some regions, Eastern Europe in 2012 is a beautiful place of humble and hearty people amidst some of the most breathtaking backdrops, from cityscapes to country roads, in the world.
The Herman Braun Foundation’s annual “Winterfest” music festival offers Latvia visitors a unique experience to highlight the Christmas, New Year, and Orthodox Christmas seasons. Running from November to February, Winderfest is a Riga tradition you won’t want to miss this year. Don’t miss performances by the likes of pianist Charles Abramowitz or famed violinist Midori.
The awe-inspiring city of Liepāja at the Baltic Sea will host the 10th International Organ Festival this Fall, September 3 – October 1.
Troubled Latvian airline, airBaltic, is in the news accusing Finnair’s Estravel of attacking the carrier. airBaltic is all in the news with both positive, negative, and conflicting news of late. With staggering losses so far this year, can the Latvian carrier weather such a storm?