airBaltic inaugurated its latest route form Riga on 29 April, a 3,949-kilometre connection to Almaty in Kazakhstan. To celebrate, a traditional three-tier route launch cake was baked. Flights on the sector will operate three times weekly on the carrier’s fleet of CS300s. No other airline currently flies between Latvia and Kazakhstan.
- airBaltic, which has already added four new services to its network from Riga (RIX) for S18, has now added a fifth, with Almaty (ALA) now joining the destinations board. Launched 29 April, the carrier will operate the 3,949-kilometre link between Latvia and Kazakhstan three times weekly using its fleet of CS300s. “We are delighted to launch flights between Riga and Almaty for the summer season of 2018. Thanks to our modernised fleet, which includes the CS300, we now can reach further destinations and offer an improved flying experience for travellers on the world’s most modern aircraft,” commented Wolfgang Reuss, SVP Network Management, airBaltic. “The new route from Riga to Almaty is the second longest flight on our network.” The only route that airBaltic operates which is longer than its latest connection is its 4,368-kilometre winter seasonal service to Abu Dhabi, meaning that the Almaty sector will be its longest route this summer. The city pair faces no direct competition according to OAG schedules.