RIGA - Ireland's Aer Lingus launched regular flights between Riga and Dublin this week, and a company representative said it is planning to fly the route four times per week starting March 26, 2006.
The airline is planning to carry approximately 550 passengers a week on the route. Aer Lingus will use its Airbus A320 plane for its flights between the Latvian and Irish capitals.
The company's representative in the Baltics, Olga Sitova, said some 70 percent of passengers on these flights are expected to be foreigners and 30 percent Latvians.
She also said 171 of the 174 seats have been already booked for the airline's first flight from Dublin to Riga scheduled for Nov. 1.
The representative said the airline was not planning to launch flights to other destinations except Dublin from Riga.
"In the first half-year, no, and then we will see," Sitova said, adding that planes of both airBaltic, which are already flying passengers between Riga and Dublin, and Aer Lingus will be able to fly on the route.
Sitova said for the time being the Irish airline is not planning to launch flights to Lithuania or Estonia.
Starting Nov. 1 the airline will provide three flights a week between the Latvian and Irish capitals on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.