Russia’s beach resort of Sochi on the Black Sea coast is one of the host cities of the World Cup.
The Latvian airline airBaltic launched a new seasonal route between Riga and the Russian beach resort of Sochi on the Black Sea coast this week.
As Sochi will be one of the host cities for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the cake made for the occasion of the first flight was adorned with a marzipan football and two sports jerseys.
The airline – which also reports carrying more than one million passengers in the first four months of 2018 or 22% more year-on-year – stresses that the new route between the Baltic and Black Sea coasts has convenient connections via Riga for passengers travelling from Scandinavia.
“We are delighted to launch operations between Riga and Sochi for this summer season,” said Wolfgang Reuss, senior vice president for network management at airBaltic.
“The new route will offer a great summer gateway for travellers from the Baltics to the Black Sea coast city Sochi, as well as new convenient connections for travellers from Russia with European and Scandinavian airports.”
The carrier says the twice-weekly route will be flown with a Boeing 737, scheduled to last three hours and ten minutes and has one-way tickets priced starting at €99.
airBaltic will be flying to five destinations in Russia this 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), Riga-Sochi (two flights a week) and Riga-Kazan (two flights weekly).
airBaltic flies more than 70 routes from Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius. For summer 2018, these include eight new destinations from Riga to Malaga, Lisbon, Split, Bordeaux, Gdansk, Almaty, Sochi and Kaliningrad, as well as a route linking Tallinn and London competing directly with Ryanair and British Airways.