From October 1, 2022, the Federal Air Transport Agency introduced the “open sky” mode at the Kaliningrad airport for two years.
This mode allows foreign airlines to operate flights to/from Kaliningrad using the third, fourth, fifth and seventh airspace freedoms.
“The decision to liberalize air traffic with Kaliningrad was taken by the aviation authorities of Russia in connection with the appeal of the governor of the Kaliningrad region. New opportunities will allow Khrabrovo Airport to expand the geography of flights from the region and attract new air carriers,”, the press service of the Federal Air Transport Agency reported.
“Freedom of the Air” is the commercial rights that countries give foreign air carriers to transportation of passengers, baggage, mail and cargo on a commercial basis. Izvestia explains with reference to the department.
Thus, the “freedom of air” provides such opportunities:
- the third “freedom of the air” provides an opportunity for companies to carry out transportation from their country to another state with the disembarkation of passengers and unloading of baggage, mail and cargo;
- the fourth – from another state to its own country with the acceptance on board of passengers, baggage, mail and cargo;
- the fifth “freedom » – the right to transport from one state to a third state during a flight that begins or ends in one's own country;
- seventh – transport between two states without landing in one's own country.