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Graduation time - six students got commercial pilot license at airBaltic Pilot Academy

Six 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 10th group of thirteen students began their professional pilot studies. Pauls Cālītis, airBaltic Chief Operations Officer: “We are proud that...

Self-service baggage lines are open at Riga Airport

Four self-service baggage drop-off points are now open at Riga Airport, and the national airline airBaltic is the first to offer its passengers the opportunity to use this new Airport service. The self-service baggage drop-off points are located in the Airport’s departure hall at check-in desks No. 8-11, where airBaltic passengers who have already checked in for a...

Riga Airport starts operating the new rapid exit taxiway

As of today, 9 September, Riga Airport starts operating the second rapid exit taxiway that has been constructed with the support of the Cohesion Fund (CF). The new rapid exit taxiway was first used early Thursday morning by an aircraft of the national airline airBalticarriving in Riga from Turku: https://ej.uz/rixrapidtaxiway The rapid exit taxiway permits decreasing the distance o...

airBaltic received its 30th Airbus A220-300

On August 30, 2021, airBaltic welcomed its 30th Airbus A220-300 jet, registered as YL-ABD, in Riga. This is the fifth out of seven planned Airbus A220-300 aircraft deliveries for airBaltic in 2021. This aircraft is a part of the 50 Airbus A220-300 which airBaltic has ordered. In addition, airBaltic holds...

29th airBaltic Airbus A220-300 flew to homebase

On August 22, 2021, Latvian airline airBaltic welcomed its 29th Airbus A220-300 jet, registered as YL-ABC, in Riga. This is the fourth out of seven planned Airbus A220-300 aircraft deliveries for airBaltic in 2021. This aircraft is a part of the 50 Airbus A220-300 which airBaltic has ordered. In addition,&nbs...

airBaltic took delivery of its 28th Airbus A220-300

On August 15, 2021, Latvian airline airBaltic welcomed its 28th Airbus A220-300 jet, registered as YL-ABB, in Riga.This is the third out of seven planned Airbus A220-300 aircraft deliveries for airBaltic in 2021. This aircraft is a part of the 50 Airbus A220-300 which airBaltic has ordered. In addition, airBaltic holds...

airBaltic first to implement Sustainable Flight Approaches at Riga Airport

As of August 12th, airBaltic became first to fly the new Required Navigation Performance with Authorization Required (RNP AR) high-precision flight approaches at Riga Airport with the company’s modern Airbus A220-300 aircraft fleet. These procedures enable more efficient arrival routes and contribute to saving fuel, further cutting CO2and noise emissions. Pauls Cāl...

Riga Airport passenger numbers continue to grow

Preliminary data on Airport performance in the first seven months of this year show that in July, Riga Airport handled half as many passengers as a month before. In July, the Airport served 297.2 thousand passengers, which is almost 140 thousand more than a month before. Consequently, the number of passengers in July has reached 36% of the 2019 indicators. Almost 703 thousand passengers...

airBaltic introduces Online Delayed Baggage Service and improves Call Center Service

Latvian airline airBaltic announces that it has recently improved company’s service for delayed or damaged baggage, introducing an online self-service platform for communication between the passenger and the airline. Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic: “Even though we take an extra care of the passenger baggage and in more than 98% of cases it reaches...

Ninth Diamond Aircraft received by airBaltic Pilot Academy

In July airBaltic Training has accepted already its ninth Diamond Aircraft training aircraft for airBaltic Pilot Academy. Pauls Cālītis, airBaltic Chief Operations Officer: “The delivery of this 9th Diamond aircraft demonstrates the on-going commitment by Pilot Academy to invest in the best training aircraft in the industry.  Despite the c...

Riga Airport serves more than 400,000 passengers in the first half-year

With travelling possibilities opening in Europe, Riga Airport has served nearly 406,000 passengers in the first six months, which is 14% of the performance results in 2019, according to the information on the Airport’s performance during the first half-year of 2021. In the first six months, the Airport has served 405.8 thousand passengers, which is 86% less than in the correspon...

Riga Airport joins Net Zero 2050 initiative

On Tuesday, 6 July 2021, Riga Airport joined the Airport Council International (ACI) Europe initiative Net Zero 2050 thereby acknowledging its dedication to achieve complete reduction of CO2 emissions in the emission sources under direct control of the Airport until 2050. After joining the Initiative, Riga Airport has undertaken to achieve that the company does not cause CO2 emissions in its ba...