Latvian flag carrier stresses Russian connections
The Latvian airline airBaltic will be flying to five destinations in Russia next summer, giving passengers from Scandinavia and the rest of Europe “convenient connections via Riga to the majority of football cities” during the World Cup.
The five routes are: Riga-Moscow (up to four daily flights), Riga-St. Petersburg (up to four daily flights), Riga-Kaliningrad (six flights a week), Rig-Sochi (two flights a week) and Riga-Kazan (two flights weekly).
airBaltic flies to more than 60 destinations from its home base in Latvia, claiming it offers “convenient connections via Riga to its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, the CIS and the Middle East”.
Its primary shareholder is the Latvian state, which holds 80.05% of the stock, while Danish investor Lars Thuesen holds around 20% through his fully-owned Aircraft Leasing 1 SIA. The fleet consists of 30 planes – seven Bombardier CS300s, 11 Boeing 737s and 12 Bombardier Q400Next Gen aircraft.
“Offering flights to the biggest European cities and most notable Russian destinations, Riga serves as an excellent gateway to Russia for most Europeans. In many cases airBaltic will be the one offering the fastest connection between cities in the EU and Russia,” says Wolfgang Reuss, SVP for network management.
“All of the five destinations will be among the host cities for 2018 FIFA World Cup and the connection via Riga will offer convenient flight options for those who are planning to attend the championship.”