KLM to suspend Amsterdam to Rīga flights

Royal Dutch Airlines KLM will suspend its flights from Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport to Rīga International Airport beginning this summer, the company has announced.

“The last flight will be on June 28th,” KLM spokeswoman Marisca Kensenhuis said in an e-mail.

The airline cited the global economic crisis, which has especially affected the Baltic routes in KLM’s network, Kensenhuis said.

KLM has offered two daily flights to Rīga. The flight takes 2 hours, 30 minutes.

With the departure of KLM, the Rīga airport will still be served by Russia’s Aeroflot, Latvia’s airBaltic and Latcharter, Czech Airlines, Finland’s Finnair, Poland’s LOT, Germany’s Lufthansa, Norwegian, discount Irish airline Ryanair, Turkish Airlines and Uzbekistan Airways, according to the Rīga airport’s Web site.

Two years ago, British Airways ended its Rīga-Gatwick route.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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