airBaltic to Launch Riga- Heviz-Balaton, Hungary

On 4May2013, Latvian airline airBaltic will launch a new route from Riga to Heviz-Balaton, Hungary. The new route of airBaltic will offer convenient travel between the two airports, and beyond to destinations in the Baltics, Scandinavia, Russia, and the CIS.

Michael Grimme, Chief Commercial Officer of airBaltic: “As part of airBaltic ReShape business plan we have been concentrating on high-demand routes and added frequencies to 12 destinations in Europe and the CIS already for this winter. At the same time we have decreased flying on low-demand routes, which makes aircraft available for other new routes. In total, we are planning to open six new routes for the next summer, and we are delighted to announce Heviz-Balaton as our new summer destination.”

Destination served (from North Hub Riga)

Flight frequency

Service improves

Price *,



Business Flex


1 flight weekly

May 4, 2013



* Lowest fare, including taxes, fees and service charges, on, subject to availability

airBaltic will fly from Riga to Balaton once a week – on Saturdays. Passengers will board a Bombardier Q400 Next Genaircraft for a flight that will last for 2 hours and 25minutes. One-way ticket prices will start at LVL 29 (EUR 41), including airport fees and transaction costs. A full schedule of airBaltic flights can be found on the company's homepage at

The "Hungarian Sea" is the nick-name for the 50-mile long lake with silky green-yellow water in the middle of Transdanubia. Lake Balaton is one of Hungary's most precious treasures and most frequented resorts, offering a wide range of thermal spas. It is also the largest lake in Central Europe. The southern shores are ideal for small children because of the shallow water, but on the north shore the water gets deeper instantaneously. Picturesque vineyards in the region produce an assortment of excellent wines that go very well with the delicious local food. Large numbers of inns and restaurants welcome guests from home and abroad.

Lake Héviz, the largest biologically active thermal water lake in the world, can be found in a geographically unique environment just 6 km from Lake Balaton and 180 km from Budapest. The spring of the 4.4-hectare lake is rich in minerals and gushes from a cave that is 38 metres deep. Hot and cold cavern water have been mixing in the cave for thousands of years. The water of the lake is replaced every three-and-a-half days, and the temperature never falls below 22 degrees Celsius. During the summer, the water can be as hot as 38 degrees Celsius.

airBaltic serves 60 destinations from its home base in Riga, Latvia. airBaltic offers convenient connections via North Hub Riga to its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, CIS and the Middle East.


airBalticin brief: 

AIR BALTIC CORPORATION (airBaltic) is a joint stock company that was established in 1995. The primary shareholder is Latvian state with 99.8% of stock. The airBaltic fleet consists of 29 aircraft – six Boeing 737-500, eight Boeing 737-300, sevenFokker 50 airplanes and eight Bombardier Q400Next Gen. airBaltic offers nonstop flights from three Baltic capital cities – Riga, Vilnius, and Tallinn. airBaltic received the title of Airline of the Year 2009/2010 (Gold Award) from the European Regions Airline Association. airBaltic is the winner of Air Transport World Phoenix Award 2010 – a global recognition of excellence in restructuring business. In summer 2010, airBaltic was chosen for ANNIES Award as Europe's largest flag carrier by new routes. airBaltic won a special Pacesetter Award 2010 from the Jury of the Budgies World Low Cost Airline Awards, recognising achievements of airBaltic as a hybrid airline.





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