|Kaliningrad – a Russian island in the EU.|
If you examine a map showing the 27 members of the European Union, it clearly shows how far east the EU has moved. Along the Baltic Sea you will find neighbours Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. However, squeezed in between Poland and Lithuania is a Russian exclave whose major city is Kaliningrad.
In its pre-war days, the city was known as Königsberg and was the capital of East Prussia. The famous philosopher Immanuel Kant was a resident and Russia’s ‘first lady’ Lyudmilla Putina was born here in 1958.
KD Avia – creating a new hub
The city’s airport is Khrabrovo Airport (KGD) located 20km north of the city. The major airline operating there is KD Avia, which operates Russia’s largest fleet of Boeing 737-300s, each equipped with 144 seats.
|KD Avia’s destinations (Source: www.kdavia.eu)|
In mid-June the airline launched an ambitious new plan to link major European cities with major Russian cities by offering convenient and comfortable connections through a new passenger terminal at Khrabrovo airport. A total of 12 European destinations are served all with a minimum of three weekly flights, and 12 Russian destinations are served, seven of them daily and the remaining four with four flights per week.
|The first phase of Khrabrovo airport’s new terminal began operations in 2007.|
Flights from Europe arrive in Kaliningrad between 18:35 and 20:00 local time and onward connections to Russia depart between 21:30 and 22:20.
Coming back the other way, Russian flights arrive at KGD between 10:10 and 11:05 and depart for Europe between 12:25 and 13:30.
The Kiev service operates as if it were a European destination in terms of timing.