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Riga Airport to acquire an advanced explosives detection system for screening hand luggage

Continuing the implementation of projects for the development of safe and environmentally friendly airport infrastructure, Riga Airport will use the savings from the EU Cohesion Fund to purchase a new explosives detection system for screening passengers' hand luggage. This is provided for in the amendments to the contract on the use of financial resources of the Cohesion Fund signed with the C...

airBaltic introduces sustainable technician uniforms

airBaltic has introduced new, modern high visibility uniforms for its technical staff supplied by their manufacturer FRISTADS, which is the first company to provide environmentally declared high-visibility uniforms. Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic, commented: “At airBaltic, we always seek ways how to reduce our impact on the environment. Production o...

First Boeing 737-800 joins GetJet Airlines fleet

GetJet Airlines expands its fleet by adding a Boeing 737-800, featuring a single economy class cabin of 189 seats. The aircraft, bearing the Lithuanian registration LY-UNO, is the only Boeing 737 of its type to be operated by any carrier within the Baltic countries. Following the Introduction of LY-UNO, GetJet Airlines has secured a further four Boeing 737-800 units into its fleet, with tw...

IATA Diversity & Inclusion Team Award goes to airBaltic

IATA has announced Latvian airline airBaltic as the winner of its Diversity & Inclusion Team Award, whose ceremony took place during the annual general meeting in Doha, Qatar. Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic, commented:  “We are truly proud to accept this significant award. Company’s core values – We deliver. We care. W...

SmartLynx Airlines invites applications for Airbus A320 type-rating

SmartLynx Airlines Training Centre invites candidates to apply for pilot training in the 2022 autumn session. The company organizes the Airbus A320 series type rating course and trains the next generation of pilots for some of the best-selling aircraft in the world. Those who successfully obtain the qualification are offered a pilot’s position. SmartLynx Airlines Training Centre...

airBaltic: passenger numbers Up & cooperation with Lufthansa on flights from Tampere to Frankfurt and Munich

During May 2022 airBaltic has carried 284 700 passengers – 323% more than during the same period last year. In May 2022, airBaltic performed 3 490 flights.  Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic commented: “Now that most Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted in many parts of the world, we see passenger demand growing for both business and...

Encouraging May - passenger numbers at Riga Airport reached two thirds of the pre-pandemic results

Operational data on the Airport performance show that this May, Riga International Airport handled 474 thousand passengers or 66 % of the pre-pandemic period. The Airport has served 1.67 million passengers since the beginning of the year. The share of direct passengers was 84 % in May, while 16 % of passengers used Riga as a transit point in May. A similar ratio of direct and t...

airBaltic took delivery of its 36th Airbus A220-300

On May 28, 2022, Latvian airline airBaltic welcomed its 36th Airbus A220-300 jet, registered as YL-ABJ, in Riga. This is the fourth of eight planned Airbus A220-300 aircraft deliveries for airBaltic in 2022. This aircraft is a part of the 50 Airbus A220-300 which airBaltic has ordered. In addition, airBa...

Norwegian launches scheduled flights from Riga to Trondheim, Norway

As of Wednesday, 1 June, the Norwegian airline will start regular flights up to three times a week on the route Riga – Trondheim. Flights are planned throughout the summer season, providing Baltic passengers with a regular connection from Riga to the third largest city in Norway and an exciting tourist destination. Norwegian has been operating at Riga Airport since the end...

16 students graduate airBaltic Pilot Academy

On May 16, 2022, 16 students graduated from the Latvian airline’s airBaltic Pilot Academy, receiving a commercial pilot license upon completion of the full-time airline transport pilot program. In addition, already the 12th group of nine students began their professional pilot studies. Transport Minister Talis Linkaits, congratulating graduates and new students of...

Riga Airport has handled more than 1.1 Million passengers this year

Operational data on the Airport performance show that this April, more than 419 thousand passengers used Riga Airport; in turn, in the first four months of the year the Airport has served more than 1.1 million passengers.  "The increase in the number of passengers in April is related to both new and renewed routes from Riga at the beginning of the summer season, as well as a higher fl...

airBaltic wet leases one Ukraine International Airlines aircraft

airBaltic has agreed to wet lease one Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-900ER aircraft. Aircraft and its crew will perform flights within airBaltic network short term starting from May 1, 2022. Martin Gauss, airBaltic Chief Executive Officer: “Ukraine International Airlines has been a reliable long-term partner of airBaltic. It is...