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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...

Riga Airport continues to develops digital services

Continuing the development of Riga Airport's digital services, in April the new Airport e-shop was launched, offering quick, convenient, and cost-effective purchase of services such as parking, RIX Fast Track security check and visit to the Primeclass Business Lounge. The new e-shop is available on the Airport's website (www.riga-airport.com), and its biggest advan...

airBaltic Airbus A220-300 seat count increased up to 149

airBaltic reports that as the Airbus A220-300 aircraft is now certified to operate up to 149 seats, the company’s fleet is undergoing gradual change in cabin configuration, unblocking additional seats that couldn’t be used previously. Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic commented: “In late February we received our first airBaltic Ai...

Strengthening leading position in Baltic market - SmartLynx Airlines

This week, Latvia oldest operating carrier SmartLynx Airlines marks its 30th anniversary. In the summer season, the airline plans to have about 60 airplanes, becoming the largest air fleet operator in the Baltic states. SmartLynx Airlines actualy operates 33 airplanes, in April three more will be delivered, and the other 22 will be delivered gradually by the end of th...

30th anniversary of cooperation - Riga Airport & Finnair

30 March 2022, marks 30 years since the Finnish airline Finnair resumed regular flights from Riga to Helsinki. The first resumed flight to Riga in 1992 was opened by the then Speaker of the Finnish Parliament; the airline's management was also on board, and among the passengers was also a man who had flown on the last Finnish aircraft from Riga to Helsinki back in 1940.  &ldq...

Riga Airport turnover reached almost 32 million Euros last year

The net turnover of Riga Airport in 2021 reached 31.8 million euros – 3.5 million or 12.5 % ​​more than planned in last year's budget. Airport’s unaudited condensed interim statement for the last year shows that the company has also been able to reduce its projected losses by 10 million.  "The Covid-19 pandemic particularly affected the Airport's operations in...

Runway 2027 - new strategy of Riga Airport: investments, development, sustainability

The medium-term Airport strategy until 2027 called “Runway 2027” provides that while developing the range of destinations, increasing the number of passengers and cargo turnover, investing in an advanced and sustainable Airport infrastructure and services, Riga Airport has set a goal to become a significant aviation centre of the Northern Europe within the following years, that way pro...

Dutch Transavia to launch service from Riga Airport

At the end of March, the Dutch low-cost airline Transavia Airlines C.V. will start flights from Riga to Amsterdam, becoming the 14th airline to offer passenger flights from Latvia this year. “Transavia's flights from Riga to Amsterdam will help Riga strengthen its direct connection to one of Europe's most sought-after transit airports, which is a benefit for the passenge...

European Commission approved airBaltic equity increase of 45 Million Euro

The European Commission on December 21, 2021, under EU State aid rules, has approved a part of the Latvian government's investment of €45 million into the equity of the Latvian airline airBaltic to compensate the losses caused by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and to support overcoming the economic crisis. Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic: “Th...

Number of flights at Riga Airport grows in October

Operational data on Airport performance show that in October, almost 4 800 aircraft were handled at Riga Airport, carrying 351 thousand passengers or half of the number handled in October 2019, and 2 500 tonnes of cargo, which is seven percent more than in October 2019. The number of both passenger and cargo flights increased by several percentage points in October as compared to th...