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Spilve Airport - history, present and future

There are some unique airport buildings around the world. This is one of them. Old Riga International airport - Spilves Lidosta. Spilves lidosta is a former civilian and military airport in Latvia located 5 km north of Riga's city centre. Since 1920s to 1980s it was the first International airport of Riga. I had the chance to visit it several times. This time was a new discovery, I h...

airBaltic resumes flights to nine more destinations from Riga

airBaltic announces that as of today it resumes flights between Riga and nine additional destinations. In total, airBaltic now connects Riga with 35 destinations across Europe. Martin Gauss, CEO of airBaltic: “We welcome the decision of the Latvian government to ease the travel restrictions in place, while maintaining safety and health of the public as its top p...

Rare pearl of aviation history - Riga Air museum

Meet a unique, one of largest in Europe museum right at Riga International Airport. Riga Airmuseum is a treasure, a rare pearl where you can see by yourself the largest collection of Soviet aircraft outside of CIS. The exposition of this museum has been created for over 40 years. It exists completely independently since 1997. The founder and permanent director of the museum is Vi...

Riga Airport to intensify the supervision of passenger surveying

Following the government's decision to expand air traffic to Latvia, in order to take care of safety and health of passengers and employees, Riga Airport in cooperation with the Civil Aviation Agency (CAA) will step up its supervision of the incoming passenger surveying process. According to the current regulatory framework, every passenger is obliged to fill in a declaration before enterin...

Direct flights between Vilnius and Kyiv with airBaltic

airBaltic announces that it will launch new direct flights from Vilnius to Kyiv on October 6th. The new flights will be performed three times a week on an Airbus A220-300 aircraft.  Martin Gauss, CEO of airBaltic: “We are ready to provide additional connectivity from all three Baltic capitals. While following all of the restrictions and recommendations from offi...

Latvian aviation recovery – home of airBaltic with Pauls Calitis

While experts are discussing the impact of corona crisis on global aviation industry, 50skyshades had amazing opportunity to see by ourselves how Latvian aviation industry is living the recovery after this unprecedent crisis. Latvian national airline - airBaltic - welcomed us at their home at Riga International Airport. We had great discussion with Chief Operation Officer Pauls Calitis, it is a pl...

Covid-19 for airBaltic -185 million consolidated loss in the first half of 2020

As a result of the Coronavirus crisis, revenue and the number of passengers carried by the Latvian airline airBaltic has significantly decreased, and according to airBaltic's unaudited consolidated financial results for the first six months of 2020, the group suffered loss of EUR 184.8 million. Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic: “W...

airBaltic Club Integrates PINS Loyalty Program

airBaltic travel loyalty program, branded as the airBaltic Club, is in the process of fully integrating the PINS program under one brand therefore providing even more attractive offers to the customers. Māris Rudens, Managing Director of SIA Loyalty Services: “The joint loyalty program airBaltic Club is set for a change to become larger and more reward...

A220-300 delivery schedule revised by airBaltic and Airbus to complete firm order in 2024

Latvian airline airBaltic and Airbus have signed an agreement on a revised Airbus A220-300 delivery schedule for the remaining 28 jets airBaltic has on order. It will complete the firm order of 50 Airbus A220-300 jets by early 2024.​ Martin Gaussnd Airbus, CEO of airBaltic: “The recent crisis enabled us to push forward our decision to...

airBaltic passenger numbers increased by 251% in July

In July 2020, the Latvian airline airBaltic has carried 151 529 passengers or 251% more passengers during than the previous month from all three Baltic capitals to its network spanning Europe. Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic: “July has been the second full month since we resumed our operations on May 18. We are pleased that airBal...

Get closer to your dream – meet GM Training

Let us share with you a discovery we’ve just made – GMtraining, EASA Helicopter Training School based in Latvia. Professionals might immediately think about GM Helicopters, a company well known for worldwide operations. You are right, it is a “mother” company and great support for GM Training School. Even corona crisis is not able to stop future pilots from dreaming. Wha...

The expansion of Wizz Air Latvian operations

Wizz Air announced massive expansion of its Latvian operations, adding one new Airbus A320 aircraft to the Riga base. This will enable the start of seven new routes from Riga to Bergen in Norway, Birmingham in United Kingdom, Billund in Denmark, Hamburg in Germany, Reykjavik in Iceland, Stockholm Skavsta in Sweden, Trondheim in Norway and one new route from Tallinn in Estonia to Bergen i...