Air Baltic Launches New Flights through QAIA

Sunday, February 28, 2010

AIG announced that airBaltic will soon be launching flights to Amman from the Latvian capital city of Riga.

As of June 1st, Air Baltic will launch non-stop flights between Amman and Riga aboard the airline’s Boeing 737. The service will be offered on Tuesdays and Saturdays from Riga to Amman and back from Amman to Riga on Wednesdays and Sundays.

“The new flights offered by Air Baltic will help bolster tourism in Jordan and Latvia alike,” commented AIG’s CEO Curtis Grad. “They reflect the solid position of the Jordanian travel market and will go a long way toward achieving AIG’s long-term objective of transforming QAIA into a key regional origin/destination point and transit hub.”

Tero Taskila, Chief Commercial Officer of airBaltic said:” In the Middle East we currently serve Tel Aviv and Dubai. We aim to increase airBaltic’s presence in the region, and we start with adding Amman and Beirut to our destinations in the Middle East. By opening these new routes we offer a cost-effective alternative for Europeans to enjoy the rich culture and trade in the Middle East. Likewise, our customers in the Middle East can experience destinations in Northern Europe and Russia which are now accessible through convenient connections.“

Last year saw several airlines announcing new or additional flights to and from QAIA including Royal Jordanian, Austrian Airlines, Malev, Fly Dubai, Wataniya and Emirates; in addition to charter flights by Hamburg International, Air Mediterranee, Blue Panorama and Neosair.

The USD750 million rehabilitation and expansion works at QAIA are well underway, including the construction of a new state-of-the-art 100,000 square meter passenger terminal. AIG is a Jordanian company with private shareholding by Invest AD (Abu Dhabi, UAE), Noor Financial Investment Company (Kuwait), Edgo Group (Jordan), Joannou & Paraskevaides (Overseas) Limited (Cyprus), J&P-Avax (Greece) and Aéroports de Paris Management (France).