Among those present at the launch party of airBaltic’s new service between Riga and Kaliningrad were: Laura Audariņa, Route Development Manager, Riga Airport; Liene Freivalde, Director of the Aviation Service and Business Development Department, Riga Airport; and Wolfgang Reuss, SVP Network Management, airBaltic. While the trio are beautifully displaying a model of one of the airline’s CS300s, it should be noted that this city pair will be flown using Q400s.
- airBaltic, a carrier which over the past few weeks has launched routes from Riga (RIX) to Gdansk, Lisbon and Malaga, has now added Kaliningrad (KGD) in Russia to its route map. Situated at the administrative centre of Kaliningrad Oblast, a Russian exclave between Poland and Lithuania, the airport will be served from Riga by airBaltic six times weekly on the carrier’s fleet of 73-seat Q400s. Inaugurated on 16 April, the 307-kilometre link faces no direct competition, with this becoming the Russian airport’s third year-round European service (excluding domestic links), with it joining LOT Polish Airlines’ service from Warsaw Chopin and Belavia’s route from Minsk. The airport also supports summer seasonal services from Barcelona (Vueling), along with summer seasonal routes to regional Belorussian airports. It also offers flights to Berlin Tegel, with the latter flown by RusLine according to OAG schedules.