Latvia's flag carrier airline airBaltic will begin domestic flights linking Riga and Liepaja on May 16, 2017, reports

“Aviation sector supports up to 3% of the national economy, and 2% of the jobs. For the regional economies of Western Latvia and Lithuania, our new Liepaja service is vital, and complements the existing Palanga operation,” said Martin Gauss, the head of airBaltic.

The Rīga-Liepāja flights starting in May aren't intended to compete with the existing bus routes, says airBaltic. The company aims to offer routes to Liepāja from other countries, offering Liepāja passengers easier connections to Rīga from where they can fly to destinations like London and elsewhere.airBaltic will serve three flights a week, each lasting around 40 minutes.

Liepāja, Latvia's third-largest city, is an ice-free port and has 78 144 residents as per the 2016 census.