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airBaltic is a low-cost airline based in Riga and owned by the Latvian state. It is also the flag carrier of Latvia. airBaltic was established in 1995 as a joint venture with SAS, which owned almost 50% of the airline’s shares. The airline also used the same frequent flyer program as SAS. However, in 2009 SAS sold its entire stake in airBaltic and today the company operates its own frequent flyer program called PINS.

The airBaltic fleet contains 25 airplanes which fly to 59 destinations in Europe and the Middle East, some of which are seasonal only. There are three weekly flights from Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport to Riga, serviced by Boeing 737-300 and 737-500.

Information is correct as of April 2017

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How to Check in

The check-in period on airBaltic flights starts as early as five days prior to departure. When departing from Tel Aviv, you can check yourself in online no later than 150 minutes before your flight. On your return flight from Riga, you may do so until 40 minutes, for Economy, and 30 minutes for Business, before departing. If you have a connecting flight and the second part of your travel is operated by another airline, you can check in beginning 24 hours prior to departure. The same shorter time frame is also valid for codeshare flights. On your return flight from Riga, you can use mobile check-in and have your boarding pass sent as a QR code to your smartphone. This option is not yet available from Ben Gurion Airport, so you must print the PDF of your boarding pass. Failing to do so and checking in at the airport will incur a €30 charge.

Baggage Allowances and Fees

The maximum size of hand luggage is 55x40x20 cm, and the maximum weight is 8 kg. Economy and Premium passengers can board with one cabin bag and one personal item. Business and PINS VIPs have an allowance of two cabin bags and one personal item. Be sure your luggage doesn’t exceed the maximum measurements; airport fees for oversize luggage range from €40 to €60. Economy Basic fare doesn't include checked baggage. You can purchase it while booking for €39.99 per direction on the Tel Aviv-Riga route. Each item must not exceed the dimensions of 100x50x80 cm and weigh no more than 20 kg. Oversized bags will incur a €60 fee and overweight bags (20-32 kg) will cost an extra €50 per bag. Economy Premium passengers are granted one free checked bag, and Business Class passengers two. PINS members with an elite status have more generous allowances.


The seat pitch (the distance between your seat and the one in front of you) on Boeing 737-300 is 76 cm and on Boeing 737-500 is 81 cm. You can reserve your seat in advance starting at €6.99 and up to €19.99 for emergency exit seats.

Booking Fees

airBaltic permits several payment methods. Paying by credit or debit cards, as well as with PayPal, will incur a 2% transaction fee. You can also pay by bitcoin, free of charge.

Service on Board

Business Class travelers enjoy free dining on board. All other passengers can purchase a meal in advance, during the booking process, from a wide selection of menus starting at €9.


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