Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT) Abu Dhabi on Saturday welcomed the launch of airBaltic’s programme to operate direct flights between Riga, Latvia, and Abu Dhabi. As part of the initiative, four-weekly flights between the two cities will operate for five months until 24 March 2018. Inaugural flights landed in the capital on 30 October.
It will also provide Baltic visitors from Tallinn, Estonia and Vilnius, Lithuania a more convenient opportunity to travel to Abu Dhabi. This programme is a result of Abu Dhabi’s ongoing promotional efforts in the Baltic markets focused on positioning the Emirate as a leading tourism and business hub in the region.
Sultan Al Mutawa Al Daheri, Acting Executive Director, DCT, said, “Over the past year, we have developed a carefully thought-out strategy focused on identifying key tourism markets that do not yet have direct links to Abu Dhabi, and implementing a plan targeted at showcasing the benefits of our capital to private sector players there. We are thrilled that due to our efforts, companies like airBaltic are seeing the value we have to offer as a tourism and business destination, and are independently directing plans that connect the UAE capital to more markets around the world.”
Visitors from the three Baltic countries also benefit from a visa-on-arrival policy, in addition to a code-share agreement with Etihad Airways, which will give them unparalleled access to countries around the world. “By including the capital’s national carrier in the Abu Dhabi/new programme, Abu Dhabi can also become the gateway for our Baltic guests to travel to many other countries in the Middle East, Africa, South Asia and Australia,” added Al Daheri.
Source: Gulf News