Aircraft

LATVIAN CIVILIAN AIR TRANSPORT

1922

Estonian airline Aeronaut (1) (2) establishes regular air service between Riga and Tallin.
Aircraft Type: Sablatnig

1923

The "Latvijas Gaisa Satiksmes Akciju Sabiedriba" (Latvian Air Service Company) joins with airlines from Finland, Estonia and Germany to provide air service between Riga, Berlin, Danzig, Helsinki, Klaipeda, Konigsberg & Tallin.
Aircraft Types: Sablatnig, Junkers F.13

1927

Deruluft, a German-Russian company establishes a new route connecting Moscow, Smolensk, Riga, Kaunas, Konigsberg, Danzig and Berlin.
Aircraft Types: Dornier Merkur, Junkers F.13, Junkers W.33

1928

Deruluft establishes a Leningrad-Tallin-Riga route.
Aircraft Types: Junkers F.13, Junkers W.33

1930

  • January 1 - Deruluft announces that there will be no Berlin - Konigsberg - Riga - Moscow service during the winter.
  • January 22 - The Latvian Air Traffic Board meets to adopt the Internationl Air Transport Conventions developed at the Warsaw conference.
  • February 5 - Deruluft announces that there will be no Konigsberg - Kaunas - Moscow (overflying Latvia near Daugavpils) service during the winter.
  • February 6 - it is announced that five Junkers aircraft have received permission to briefly overfly Latvia en route to Moscow.
  • March 29 - Deruluft announces that their Berlin - Moscow route will go through Kaunas instead of Riga this year. The Berlin - Leningrad route will, however, continue to stop at Riga/Spilve.
  • April 5 - Riga City Council asks Deruluft to reconsider their decision of March 29.
  • April 13 - the Latvian Cabinet considers options to persuade Deruluft to reconsider their decision of March 29.
  • May 8 - Deruluft receives permission to regularly overfly Latvia (near Daugava) on their Moscow - Kaunas - Berlin route.
  • May 9 - the Air Traffic Board submits a proposal to the Minister of Air Traffic establishing a system of air traffic routing across Latvia.
  • May 16 - the Air Traffic Board's proposal is accepted and implemented.
  • June 20 - The Riga city planning committee is considering establishing another aerodrome, this one in Meza Parks at Kisezers.
  • June 26 - Deruluft announces plans to transport certain perishable Latvian food goods to Germany by air.
  • July 19 - it is announced that the "Graf Zeppelin" will overfly Riga on or about August 10.
  • August 12 - "Graf Zeppelin" flight cancelled due to poor weather conditions.
  • August 20 - it is announced that two Japanese long-distance fliers will shortly overfly Latvia en route to Moscow.
  • August 21 - "Graf Zeppelin" flight once again cancelled due to poor weather conditions.
  • August 30 - "Graf Zeppelin" flight rescheduled to sometime in September.
  • September 6 - Announcement that French aviators Goulette and Laloulette will visit Riga later in September.
  • September 12 - a German zeppelin overflies Daugavpils while flying to and from Moscow. It is reported to have been fired upon by Soviet border guards.
  • September 14 - Deruluft confirms that the Berlin - Leningrad route will continue this season until at least mid-October.
  • September 19 - aviation workshop burn at Spilve. While the City owned the actual workshops, a great deal of Deruluft parts, which were kept there in storage, were lost.
  • September 20 - the Riga airport authority announces its intention to rebuild the destroyed workshop.
  • September 25 - the "Graf Zeppelin" overflies Riga.
  • September 26 - Deruluft Junkers F13 (D-424) makes a forced landing en route to Riga.
  • October 16 - Deruluft ceases passenger service through the Baltics for the winter.
  • October 25 - Riga City Council postpones a decision about replacing the Spilve workshop which was destroyed in September.

    1932

    Polish airline LOT establishes routes linking Athens, Bucharest, Warsaw, Riga, Tallin and Helsinki.
    Aircraft Types: Fokker Monoplane, Lockheed Electra and Lockheed Super Electra.
    LOT advertised their flights to/from Riga in the 1932 Spilve Air Show Program.

    1936

    Deruluft is replaced by Lufthansa. Routes connect to Berlin, Danzig, Konigsberg, Kaunas, Riga, Tallin and Helsinki. Video originally @ virtualriga.com

    1937

  • June 15 The "Valsts Gaisa Satiksme", a government-operated airline, was established. Two DH.89 Dragon Rapides provided scheduled service between Riga and Liepaja, but only from April to October.
    Aircraft Type: De Havilland DH.89 Dragon Rapide
  • Swedish A.B.Aerotransport and Soviet Aeroflot bring service to Riga.
    Aircraft Type: Douglas DC-3

    Many thanks to B.Larsson and D.Zekria for their kind permission
    to use the Airline Schedule Images.

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