Tukums Airport gets new investor

The Tukums Airport (branded as Jūrmala Airport) has a new investor Raimonds Kisiels, who has bought a 47% share of the air traffic hub, reported LETA on March 15.

However the certification of Tukums Airport may take a while, as the new investor in the airport, Kisiels said. He declined to reveal the sum of the deal.

Completing the acquisition deal and certification of the airport are the main priorities at the moment, Kisiels said. The latter will not be an easy task as the airport will have to meet all the latest European Union requirements, he said.

Juris Reksna, CEO at the company Sky Port, the operator of Tukums Airport, said that in a best-case scenario, certification of the airport could take up to one-and-a-half years, meaning the airport could be ready to serve passengers in late 2018.

According to Reksna, the Tukums Airport is not planning to compete with the Riga Airport or Liepaja Airport rather wants to cooperate with them. Tukums Airport could serve as a backup airport for the Riga Airport in cases when planes cannot land in Riga. It could also offer maintenance and refueling services for the national airline airBaltic.

The Tukums Airport also wants to cooperate with low-cost carriers, as well as operate flights to destinations that cannot be reached from the Riga Airport, said Reksna.

In turn, Engure Region Council Chairman Gundars Vaza (National Alliance) said he hoped that the airport would finally be able to resume operations, and that the airport's operations would cover an area from Juramal to Talsi Region.

The airport could operate six flights a day, and up to two flights simultaneously. The terminal has room for about 120 passengers, a VIP lounge, premises where a restaurant could be opened, as well as other facilities.

The airport also has parking spots for up to 14 aircraft, and can serve aircraft with up to 120 seats.

At the moment, the airport has a staff of twenty, but once full-scale operations begin at the airport, it could employ around 120 people.

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