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Among first airlines in the World to Trial IATA Travel Pass - airBaltic

airBaltic is among the first airlines in the world to express its support for introduction of global IATA Travel Pass solution for cross border travel. The IATA Travel Pass is a mobile app that will help passengers to manage their travel easily and securely in line with government requirements for COVID-19 tests or vaccines. airBaltic has announced it will t...

Riga Airport expands its Covid-19 testing options

A permanent E. Gulbis Laboratory patient reception point has been opened at Riga Airport, offering travellers and employees of the Airport and companies working at the Airport an opportunity to take various types of Covid-19 tests, as well as perform other types of medical tests.  The patient point is located in the Airport’s check-in hall, to the right of the entrance, where th...

MAAS Aviation opens new world-class aircraft paint shop at Kaunas Airport

MAAS Aviation, recognised experts in aircraft painting and exterior coatings, has opened a new purpose-built paint shop at Kaunas Airport (KUN).  The facility, which is the first of its kind in Lithuania, grows MAAS Aviation’s global footprint to eleven best-in-class paint shops and increases their overall MRO capacity in Europe by 40%. Designed to achieve the highest industry quality s...

Welcome new codeshare agreement - airBaltic and Lufthansa

Great news! Lufthansa and airBaltic are starting codeshare cooperation that will open new, seamless travel opportunities. As of March 28, Lufthansa will put its marketing codes on routes operated by airBaltic between Munich and Riga, Latvia as well as Munich and Vilnius, Lithuania. airBaltic customers will benefit from convenient access to Lufthansa&rsq...

This week airBaltic offers flights to 14 destinations from Riga

While continuing to maintain essential connectivity to and from the Baltic region, Latvian airline airBaltic this week plans to perform flights from Riga to 14 different destinations. Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic: “For many people, who need to travel for essential reasons, aviation is the safest mode of transportation. Our commitment to the Baltic...

Travel responsibly - 72% of travellers feel safe at Riga Airport

Riga Airport calls on those passengers who currently need to travel to do so responsibly, carefully observing the epidemiological safety requirements set at the Airport and on flights, and clarifying in good time all the conditions for the entry into the country of destination. The Airport has comprehensive epidemiological safety measures in place since last May in order to ensure that travel...

Maintenance Training Organization established by airBaltic

airBaltic has established and received certification of its brand-new Maintenance Training Organization that, being a part of airBaltic Training, will provide training and certification for aircraft technicians.  airBaltic Maintenance Training Organization will be divided in two categories, providing basic training for professionals without previous aviation experience and...

airBaltic to expand maintenance at Riga Airport

airBaltic plans to build a new aircraft hangar at Riga Airport to maintain its fleet, thus reducing future maintenance costs and becoming more efficient. airBaltic has signed a building rights agreement with the Riga Airport in 2020. It is planned to launch the construction of the new hangar at the beginning of 2022 and to finish it by the end of 2023. Martin Gauss, Chief Exe...

airBaltic passes IATA Operational Safety Audit

airBaltic has passed operational safety audit on the compliance with the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Operations Safety standards that was recently carried out by well-known and reliable Audit Organisation Aviation Quality Services. IATA member airlines are subject to a thorough audit every two years against the IATA Operational Safety Audit...

Meet Latvian made Tarragon aircraft - no less than 10 to export this year

We must confess - it is a discovery for us- Tarragon aircraft. So we are willing to share it with you. And obviously the first - the story - where it comes from and how this project started. It all begun in 2009 when Igors Zvjagins and Valentin Vasjak were in Italy and saw the MILLENNIUM MASTER for the first time in flight and were amazed by its design and performance. Then they had a...

Riga Airport closes the year with a drop of more than 74% in passenger numbers

Operational performance data show that Riga Airport handled only 2.01 million passengers in 2020 – 74.2% fewer than a year before. The majority or 57% of passengers handled in 2020 were carried by the national airline airBaltic, 16% by the Irish low-cost airline Ryanair and 9% by the Hungarian low-cost carrier WizzAir. Even during the pandemic, Riga...

Contactless Covid-19 testing point starts operating at Riga Airport

In order to provide passengers and employees of the companies working at the Airport with additional opportunities to take Covid-19 test conveniently, E.Gulbis Laboratory contactless Covid-19 testing point was opened at Riga Airport. At the mobile testing point of E.Gulbis Laboratory, which is located at the exit of arrivals hall E, Covid-19 test can be taken by travellers, Airport guest...