Air Baltic has announced plans for a new route between Manchester and the Latvian capital Riga.

The service will launch in June 2021, and is one of five new routes for the carrier next summer, with the others being to Yekaterinburg in Russia, Yerevan in Armenia, and Bergen and Trondheim in Norway.

Alongside the new services Air Baltic said that it hopes to resume flights on 17 other routes which it was not able to serve this summer due to Covid-19 restrictions.

“The safety and health of our employees and passengers has stood and will stand above all,” said Martin Gauss, CEO of airBaltic. “We see that people miss travelling. I strongly believe that the demand for flights will begin to grow in the coming months once reliable solutions such as vaccines and wider testing to limit the spread of Covid-19 are introduced.”

“Although flying will surely be different, we plan that by next summer, with certain restrictions in place, more travel options will be available. As the main connectivity provider in the Baltics, we must be ready for that moment, so we have already published our planned schedule. We will continue to provide flights to various key business destinations as well as to popular leisure getaways.”

Air Baltic already operates flights between London Gatwick and Riga, while Ryanair serves the Latvian capital from East Midlands, Edinburgh, Leeds Bradford, London Stansted and Manchester. Note that not all these may currently be operating due to Covid-19 restrictions.