Poland's Radom Airport has obtained its first scheduled passenger connection from Riga to Radom.
Launched by the Latvian airline airBaltic, which is effective from 1 September, the new route will offer convenient travel between the two airports, and beyond to destinations in the Baltics, Scandinavia, Russia, and the CIS.
The airport, which was previously a military airport, opened in May 2014 and was on the verge of a closure due to financial difficulties and lack of interest in securing passenger flights from airlines.
Radom Mayor Radoslaw Witkowski was quoted by thenews.pl as saying: "The aim which we had set ourselves, namely initiating passenger activities at Radom airport, is being realised today.
"Before us is the next challenge - developing a route network which will best serve the interests of the inhabitants of Radom and the users of the airport."
The scheduled passenger flight will operate on the Riga-Radom route, thrice a week on the Latvian airline's Bombardier Q400 NextGen.
Starting from mid-September, a second carrier Czech Airlines is reportedly set to offer flights from Radom to Prague.
Currently, the airport's owners have revealed that efforts are being put forth to attract more carriers to offer new routes from and to Radom.
Placed at an intersection of pan-European transport routes, Radom city is located on route between Krakow and Warsaw and is said to be the fourteenth largest nationally.
The airport offers convenient links to the public transport system.