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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...

The First airline to receive 5-Star Skytrax COVID-19 Safety Rating - airBaltic

Congratulations airBaltic! Skytrax has awarded Latvian airline a five–star COVID-19 safety rating. After performing a thorough audit in December 2020, airBaltic has become the first airline to receive the highest COVID-19 Safety Rating. Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic: “The health and safety of our passengers and employees stand above all....

The upgraded business aviation apron starts operating at Riga Airport

The modernised apron 2 has started operating at Riga Airport. It is mainly intended for servicing business aviation aircraft. Apron 2 is located opposite the FBO RIGA business aviation terminal. As part of the upgrading process, it has been supplemented with an extension with more than 12 000 square metres of concrete and asphalt covering; two new flexible aircraft stands that can accomm...

Riga Airport is certified with the 4-Star COVID-19 Airport Safety Rating

Riga Airport has been Certified as a COVID-19 4-Star Airport, by international air transport rating agency Skytrax. In a Skytrax audit held at Riga Airport in December, independent auditors assessed the efficiency and consistency of the epidemiological safety procedures in place at the Airport, as well as the cleanliness of the Airport terminal by ATP sampling tests. The auditors al...

Over 2 500 flights with airBaltic during December and January

During December 2020 and January 2021, airBaltic is planning to perform over 2 500 flights on over 45 routes from all three Baltic countries. In December, the most popular destinations are Amsterdam, Oslo and London. Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic: “The safety and health of our employees and passengers has stood and will stand above all. We are adjusting...

Congratulations -airBaltic received its 24th and 25th Airbus A220-300

On December 13, 2020 airBaltic welcimed in Riga its 24th and 25th Airbus A220-300 jet, registered as YL-AAX and YL-AAY. The 24th and 25th Airbus A220-300 aircraft completes the planned deliveries for airBaltic in 2020. Both aircraft are part of the 50 Airbus A220-300 airBaltic has ordered. airBaltic holds 30 options for the...

Border crossing at Riga Airport - faster and more convenient with new ABC Gates

Border crossing has become faster and more convenient since the Automated Border Control system or ABC Gates of the State Border Guard has been put into operation at Riga Airport. The system allows travellers to cross the border by scanning a travel document – biometric passport – at the ABC gates. The automated system compares the traveller's biometric dat...