Seen cutting the blood orange-themed cake in Riga, with the fruit a typical agricultural product of eastern Sicily, in particular of the territories of Catania and Syracuse, are: Liene Freivalde, Director Aviation Services and Business Development Department, Riga Airport; Wolfgang Reuss, SVP Network Management, airBaltic; and Laura Audariņa, Route Development Manager, Riga Airport. The route between Riga and Catania will be flown weekly (Thursdays).
- airBaltic commenced its latest route from Riga (RIX) on 11 May, beginning a weekly (Thursdays) service to Catania (CTA). The 2,260-kilometre sector will be flown by the airline on its fleet of CS300s according to OAG schedules, making it the first new route anywhere in the world to be launched using this aircraft type. No other carrier currently operates the city pairing. Wolfgang Reuss, SVP of Network Management at airBaltic said of the new route: “We are delighted to add Catania to our summer season flights and to offer yet another sunny destination with convenient connections. Catania is the second largest city in Sicily, which in turn is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and it is a perfect place for summer holidays.” The news of Catania joining airBaltic’s network follows on from the airline’s recent launch of flights from Riga to Aberdeen, Geneva and Stavanger.