airBaltic luxury car purchase raises eyebrows

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Transport Minister Jānis Vitenbergs (National Alliance) will demand explanations from the national airline airBaltic in relation to the costly purchase of the 2022 “E-tron” electric car in leasing for the company, the Transport Ministry Communications Department said in a release on March 28.

“I am not against the inclusion of electric cars in the company's car fleet, but I cannot understand why it is necessary to buy expensive luxury electric cars, especially at a time when the company as a whole is experiencing financial difficulties. Every time the company faced a crisis, the State invested huge amounts to keep the airline running successfully.

“Now that people are fighting for survival, thinking how to pay another utility bill or where to get money to cover huge interest rates on credits, reading news of the purchase of 12 new luxury cars, which cost nearly €100,000 each, is unacceptable,” the minister was quoted.

Vitenbergs said that airBaltic should reflect the principles of good governance in its activities, working effectively and making the most efficient use of each euro earned.

According to the Transport Ministry, airBaltic entered into an agreement on the purchase of 12 electric vehicles at the beginning of last year. The company has based this on sustainability targets, achieving zero CO2 emissions by 2050.

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