Wizz Air (W6, Budapest) is reportedly considering Kaliningrad as its first Russian base. Following talks held between the Hungarian LCC and Kaliningrad authorities, ‎Executive Vice President at Wizz Air, John Stephenson, said his airline would further explore the opportunity in light of the local government's business pitch. At present, Wizz Air's entry into the Russian market is currently embargoed by local legislation though according to The Kaliningrad Journal, this is currently being reviewed in Moscow. The choice of Kaliningrad, geographically isolated from the rest of Russia, is seen as particularly shrewd given that the airport's last airline to base itself there, KD Avia (KD, Kaliningrad), went out of business over 4 years ago. Since then, authorities have sought to either court or re-establish a regional carrier of its own, but with limited success. "We are interested in establishing a regional airline which residents have been waiting for," said local bureaucrat Mykola Cukanov. "We'll take this route with the support of the Government of the Russian Federation. We are currently in negotiations and will inform the press in due course."