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EU to ban Belarusian carriers after forced hijacking
24.05.2021 – 21:56 UTC
Following a meeting on May 24, 2021, the European Council decided to ban all Belarusian airlines from landing in the European Union and passing through its airspace.
The Council conclusions also called on all EU airlines to avoid flying over Belarus.
The European Council is a body made up of the heads of state and government of the 27 EU Member States. However, it has no direct legislative power and all of its findings must be promulgated by other bodies, including the European Commission and the Council of the European Union. As such, the ban is not immediately effective.
The national airline Belavia (B2, Minsk National) is the only Belarusian airline to operate regular flights to the European Union. According to ch-aviation schedules module, the airline currently connects Minsk to 19 destinations in the block. Freight specialists Rada Airlines, Rubystar Airways, BySky and Genex all hold EASA Third Country Operator Certificates, allowing them to operate charter flights.
The conclusions were adopted following the …
Ryanair to open base in Riga, Latvia in 4Q21
30.04.2021 – 23:09 UTC
Ryanair (FR, Dublin Int’l) will base two planes in Riga from October 2021, resulting in 16 new international routes across Europe to the Latvian capital.
These will include the following new routes:
- 5x per week in Warsaw Modlin (Poland);
- 4x per week in Oslo Torp (Norway);
- 3 times a week in Aarhus (Denmark), Budapest (Hungary), Göteborg Landvetter (Sweden) and Rome Ciampino (Italy);
- 2x per week to each of Bristol Int’l (UK), Krakow (Poland), Kiev Boryspil and Lviv (Ukraine), Malaga (Spain), Memmingen (Germany), Palermo (Italy), Paris Beauvais (France), Frankfurt Hahn (Germany) and Venice Treviso (Italy).
In total, Ryanair will inject $ 200 million into the base which will operate 30 routes from Riga representing 95 departures per week. It will create 60 direct jobs while contributing to the region’s economic recovery, the airline said in a statement.
The new services will significantly increase Ryanair’s capacity in Riga, which currently stands at 3.66% on the …
Latvian company airBaltic to build cargo hub in Riga
26.04.2021 – 13:34 UTC
airBaltic (BT, Riga) will build what it has called the largest dedicated air cargo handling facility in the Baltic states, after signing a land reservation agreement with Riga Airport for a new Baltic cargo hub , the Latvian national carrier said in a statement on April 22.
The 96.14% state-owned airline won a tender launched by the airport in November 2020 to lease the land and build a multimodal logistics center. According to initial plans, the size of the Baltic Cargo Hub will be 6,000 square meters.
Construction of the hangar is expected to begin in late 2022 and be completed in early 2024, and the project will be “funded by banks and operated by Baltijas Kravu centrs SIA”, a cargo handling subsidiary of airBaltic, the carrier said.
“For years airBaltic Cargo has provided essential mail and freight shipments to and from Latvia using its existing hangar. However, the hangar will be demolished to make way for Rail Baltica tracks, ”explained Martin Gauss, CEO of airBaltic, referring to an ongoing rail infrastructure project to link Finland …
Nigerian company Cally Air takes delivery of the first plane, a B737
12.04.2021 – 12:31 UTC
Nigerian startup Cally Air (Calabar) has taken delivery of its first aircraft, a B737-300 purchased from Calabar-based Magnetic Leasing, with a second B737-300 on order.
The 5N-BYR (msn 29266) was delivered to Lagos on April 6, 2021, after being transported from Tallinn Lennart Meri via Malta Int’l to Nigeria, according to data from FlightRadar24 ADS-B.
The 22-year-old jet is the first of two former airBaltic (BT, Riga) B737-300s obtained from Magnetic Leasing by the fledgling airline, which is a public-private partnership (PPP) between the Nigerian state of Cross River and Dana Air (9J, Lagos) with the aim of boosting tourism in the neighboring State of Cameroon and the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. However, Aero Contractors (N2, Lagos) is the actual carrier that will operate the aircraft for Cally Air.
Configured with 144 fully economy seats, the 5N-BYR previously flew with airBaltic (BT, Riga) as YL-BBR from March 31, 2009 until June 30, 2020, after which it was stored, on ch-aviation…