On November 21, 2019, Ambassador of Norway to Latvia Kristian Ødegaard and the Chairman of the Norwegian Chamber of Commerce in Latvia Alf Erik Lundgrenn met with the CEO of airBaltic Martin Gauss to discuss prospects for enhancing tourism between Norway and Latvia.
As it has been already announced, airBaltic plans to add two more direct routes between Norway and Latvia. In addition to the currently served year-round Riga-Oslo and summer season Riga- Stavanger route, starting next spring airBaltic will also add direct flights from Riga to Trondheim and Bergen.
„We are happy to see new air traffic routes being opened between Norway and Latvia, expanding travel opportunities between the two countries. Tourism is an important industry both in Norway and Latvia. It also plays a pivotal role in promoting mutual relations,“ says the Ambassador of Norway to Latvia. „We hope that more visitors from Norway will discover Latvia. We also invite Latvians to visit and explore Norway, which offers many beautiful destinations and wonderful tourism opportunities during all seasons of the year!“ adds Mr Ødegaard.
Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic: “With the new routes in Norway airBaltic continues to prove its commitment for enhancing the connectivity to our Nordic neighbours. Riga is a dynamic city and a key business centre of the Baltic states and has a lot to offer to both business and leisure travellers. It is also a very convenient transfer point with excellent connections within our wide route network. Our passengers will be able to travel with airBaltic for very attractive prices in the economy or our full-service business class on the new, comfortable Airbus A220-300 aircraft which is one of the greenest, quietest commercial aircraft in its class.”
„Tourism, whether it be leisure, recreational, medical or business related – can serve as a great starting point for building closer connections and launching new business initiatives,“ says Alf Erik Lundgrenn, Chairman of the Norwegian Chamber of Commerce in Latvia. „Launching two additional direct routes between Norway and Latvia will only enhance that and will increase travel and cooperation between the two countries,“ adds Lundgrenn.
Last year, nearly 70 thousand guests from Norway visited Latvia, constituting one of the most important tourism target markets for Latvia.