Finland asked to support Rail Baltica project

Attempts to get Finland more actively involved in the major Rail Baltica infrastructure project through the Baltic states stepped up November 8 with Rail Baltica's Latvian CEO asking for Finnish backing.

'Unprecedented' disclosure failure by Latvian Railways

The Latvian State Railway Administration has started an unprecedented administrative infringement procedure against the state-owned Latvian Railways company for keeping information from the supervisory authority, the State Railway Administration said on November 9.

airBaltic starts flying to Abu Dhabi

Latvian airline airBaltic in cooperation with the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Etihad Airways on October 29 launched a direct service between Riga and Abu Dhabi.

Offers for airBaltic sale being considered

The Transport Ministry is currently analyzing concrete proposals made by potential investors of Latvia’s national carrier airBaltic and is not ruling out the airline’s full privatization, the ministry’s state secretary Kaspars Ozolins told the LETA news agency October 23.

airBaltic pulls its new CS 300 jet liners from service

Latvian national airline airBaltic on October 11 confirmed it had temporarily taken its seven brand new Bombardier CS 300 airliners from its flight schedules pending technical checks, reported LTV's Panorama daily news show.

Lithuania ratifies Rail Baltica

Lithuania's parliament on October 10 became the last of the three Baltic states to ratify an agreement that clears the line for the ambitious Rail Baltica infrastructure project to proceed.

Lithuania fined over missing Latvia rail link

The European Commission said October 2 it had fined Lithuanian Railways (Lietuvos geležinkeliai) €27 873 000 for hindering competition in the rail freight market, in breach of EU antitrust rules, by removing a rail track connecting Lithuania and Latvia.

Rideshare apps will only accept non-cash payments

On September 28 the Latvian parliament adopted changes to the law regulation commercial transport, introducing rideshare regulations and changing how people can pay for commercial transport services, reports LSM's Latvian language service and Latvian Radio.

Ryanair cancellations hit more Riga flights

Irish low-costs airline Ryanair has cancelled two more flights on the Riga-London route scheduled for this Friday, the LETA news agency was told at the Riga International Airport September 19.

Major road repairs continue across Latvia

Drivers across Latvia are advised to keep in mind that road repairs are taking place across Latvia with traffic expected to  be slow on a number of important roads, reports Latvian Radio. 

Riga City Council apologizes for roadworks chaos

The Riga City Council has apologized for the chaos caused by the ongoing roadworks, saying things will be better next year. The council is above all criticized for the lack of proper safety precautions putting pedestrians in danger. 

Road repairs following heavy rain to cost €1m

The state will have to spend around €1m to fix local and regional roads that were washed away in Latgale last week, said Latvijas Valsts Ceļi road maintenance company boss Jānis Lange.  

Diesel locomotive upgrade deal signed

The Nordic Investment Bank (NIB) and Latvian state-owned railway infrastructure manager VAS Latvijas Dzelzceļš have signed a 12-year loan agreement worth EUR 22.8 million for the modernisation of locomotives, the NIB said in a news release August 24.

Rail Baltica residents want route to pass through nature reserve

It is hoped the first trains from Tallinn via Riga to Kaunas and beyond will be rolling through the Baltic landscape in a decade's time -- but meanwhile wrangles about the route of the huge Rail Baltica infrastructure project continue in Latvia, reports Latvian Radio's Zane Mače.