Economy & Politics: Latvian carrier airBaltic is slowly restarting its air traffic during Coronavirus and COVID-19

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On March 17, 2020, airBaltic had to stop all scheduled flights on instructions from the Latvian authorities. Rīga International Airport was completely closed to civil aviation. Rīga is the hub for airBaltic. Since May 18, 2020, the borders within the Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia have been reopened to residents of these states. airBaltic’s regular flight operations to and from Vilnius and Tallinn have started.

airBaltic now also offers flights to Frankfurt (Main), Munich, Oslo, Helsinki and other European cities. However, passengers on these flights must prove that they are authorized to enter the country. This also applies to entry into the Baltic States. You must also be a resident of the destination country, have a permanent residence permit, be a transit passenger or have an official work permit. Tourists from outside the Baltic States still have no chance of vacationing in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

Image: Even if airBaltic starts flight to and from other European countries again, for tourists Latvia is still unreachable. The "Ventas rumba" waterfall near Kuldiga in Latvia. Photo © 2018 by Birk Karsten Ecke. Click on the image to enlarge it.

Image: Even if airBaltic starts flight to and from other European countries again, for tourists Latvia is still unreachable.
The “Ventas rumba” waterfall near Kuldiga in Latvia.
Photo © 2018 by Birk Karsten Ecke.
Click on the image to enlarge it.

 

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