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New international flight from Kazan: AirBaltic has launched a regular passenger transportation to Riga 27.04.2017

New international flight from Kazan: AirBaltic has launched a regular passenger transportation to Riga

On April 26, a new partner of Kazan international airport, AirBaltic Latvian Airline, has opened regular passenger flights on the route Riga – Kazan– Riga.

The first flight was welcomed by the special aviation tradition: after landing the aircraft passes under a water arc (water salute), created on the taxiway by water cannons of the fire fighting vehicles. Specially prepared flood lights provided spectacular illumination of the great moment.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was conducted after parking the aircraft. The high-level guests participated in the ceremony near the passenger stairs, among them were: Minister of Transport and Road in the Republic of Tatarstan, Lenar Safin and the mayor of Riga, Nil Ushakov.

Lenar Safin emphasized, “The Republic of Tatarstan set the goal to strengthen and develop economic and commercial cooperation and cultural ties with European States. For the last four years our Ministry and Kazan international airport have been actively working on enlarging the number of routes to implement this project. Particularly, European destinations such as Helsinki, Prague, Frankfurt am Main were opened. I would like to mention that first flight from Kazan to Riga was loaded by more than 90 percent. We are confident that this route will be in sought and will build further momentum for economic, cultural and business ties between Latvia and the Republic of Tatarstan. Furthermore, it will have a positive impact on tourism development in both regions.”

“This destination is also interesting for citizens of Riga, I think, first of all for businessmen, because your Republic is rich and it has a great potential. Moreover, Russian tourists are always valuable in our city. We have had a bit more than 30 per cent of tourist from Russia coming to Riga before the economic crisis, now they started to come back again. It means that it was not easy time in 2015, but now the tourists flow increased. I think that this flight is a good assistance for economies of two states and for our relationships,” Nil Ushakov added.
A presentation of the flight for the first departing passengers was held with the participation of air carrier and airport representatives, before the solemn meeting of the aircraft. During the event, it was noted that the load on this flight was almost full. The speakers expressed confidence that the flight will be in great demand by residents of the Republic of Tatarstan and the regions.

The flights will be performed twice a week according to the following schedule:

Route Airport                        

Flights days  Departure time          

Flight   number Arrival time

Kazan– Riga


Monday, Thursday


BT 451 KZN– RIX  


Riga– Kazan




BT 450 RIX– KZN     


The local time is indicated for each airport. We kindly remind our passengers that the summer time in Riga is the same as Moscow time. There might be changes in the flights schedule. Boeing 737 aircrafts with 120 seats capacity are used for the passengers transportation. The crew knows three languages that would help our fellow passengers to avoid possible inconveniences. The cost of one-way ticket starts at 109 EUR, including all taxes and charges.
You can see the full schedule on the website of the airline:
AirBaltic is one of the most punctual airlines, connecting Baltic Region to sixty destinations in Europe, CIS and the Middle East.
In 2012, AirBaltic was ranked by Airline trends among the Top 10 airlines globally for innovations. In 2014 and in 2015 AirBaltic achieved best on-time performance in the world according to OAG. (

Photo by: Almaz Mustafin

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