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Ryanair wants to stay at RIX

Irish low-cost airline Ryanair, is likely to remain based at Riga International Airport (RIX) also after its current agreement with the authority expires in late March, said Latvian Transport Minister Anrijs Matiss in an interview with commercial LNT television news on Thursday. Later the same day Ryanair announced it would launch a new route between Riga and Berlin in October.

He said that none of the airlines serving Riga passengers will enjoy any special terms. "The agreement [with Ryanair] expires at the end of March and the tariffs set by the Riga airport will come into force. If the airline is selling tickets to flights, passengers can be certain that there will be flights. Thus, Ryanair will keep operating [in Riga] on those terms that are in force for all airlines working in Riga," said the minister.

Matiss recalled that Ryanair's exclusive agreement providing for discounts at Riga airport was signed for a period of ten years and that its term will expire this month.

The minister insisted again that all airlines should be given equal contractual terms by the RIX authority.

Ryanair’s contract with Riga International Airport expires on March 31, 2015, but both parties have yet to reach an agreement on their future cooperation. 

Fully-owned by the Latvian state, Riga International Airport is the largest air traffic hub in the Baltic states.

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