In Brief


airBaltic connects Riga and Dubai

LATVIAN airline airBaltic announces that starting on September 1, 2021, it plans to launch new scheduled flights between Riga and Dubai in United Arab Emirates. airBaltic has scheduled to connect both cities with four weekly flights.

Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic: “Dubai for years has been one of the most significant unserved destinations from Riga. Now, with the Expo 2020 starting in October, we will offer a direct connection from Riga, which will be appreciated by many passengers across the Baltic region and Scandinavia.”

H.E. Mrs Hanan Al Aleeli, Ambassador of the UAE to Latvia: “Expo 2020 Dubai will be the first in-person global mega event since the pandemic began, which will be welcoming millions of visitors from all over the world. Therefore, the timing of these convenient and fast flights between Riga and Dubai before the event is exceptional, and will contribute not only to economic development, but also in creating further opportunities for political, cultural and people-to-people ties between the UAE and Latvia.”


Malaysian Airlines wins award

MALAYSIA Airlines has won the award for Best Marketing Campaign at this year’s Online Travel Training’s Pop Awards, which took place virtually on Friday night, hosted by travel, fashion, and lifestyle broadcaster Lisa Snowden. The awards recognize the most popular courses, from airlines to cruises, destinations, and tourist attractions to hotels.

Malaysia Airlines’ winning entry was for running an awareness campaign including a familiarisation trip in partnership with Heathrow Airport and a series of webinars to showcase its Fly Confidently campaign.

The campaign provided an opportunity for both travel trade press and frequent flyer media to see the health and safety procedures that Malaysia Airlines and Heathrow Airport have introduced to ensure that passengers enjoy a safer, and more comfortable journey, from their arrival at the airport through to reaching their destination.

The campaign has been successful in achieving its desired outcome of adapting its customer journey to ensure passengers can fly confidently during the pandemic.


Wizz Abu Dhabi announces three new routes

WIZZ Air Abu Dhabi, the newest national airline of the United Arab Emirates, announced three new routes connecting Abu Dhabi to Belgrade, Sohag and Luxor.

The new destinations offer something for everyone – from beautiful landmarks and delicious cuisine to magnificent ancient ruins and rich history for those who have the appetite for dynamic experiences, exploring new places and culture.

Tickets are on sale at and the airline’s mobile app, which is also available in Arabic.

The routes to Belgrade will start from May 19, 2021 and fares start from Dh199 ($54.18) for a one-way trip. The route will operate on Wednesdays and Sundays, and from June 15, on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

The routes to Sohag will start from May 29, 2021 and fares start from Dh179 ($48.73) for a one-way trip. The route will operate on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

The routes to Luxor will start from June 4, 2021 and fares start from Dh129 ($35.12) for a one-way trip. The route will operate on Mondays and Fridays and from June 15 onwards, on Tuesdays and Saturdays.


Boeing 737 MAX aircraft returns to service

THE Dubai-based airline, flydubai, returned its Boeing 737 MAX aircraft to passenger service from April 8. The airline has complied with all of the requirements outlined in the Safety Decision issued by its regulator, the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA).

flydubai has a fleet of 14 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, and four of its MAX 8s and one of its MAX 9s have also received regulatory approval to rejoin its fleet. The remaining nine MAX aircrafts will return to passenger service over the coming months.

The return to service of the airline’s fleet of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft followed an exhaustive 20-month review which involved the manufacturer, regulators, engineers, scientists, researchers, mechanics and pilots.