The minister stressed that it's important to notify the airline so that another passenger can be given the opportunity to fly back to Rīga. Those who weren't able to book one of the flights are invited to notify consular services as well as airBaltic, as there is the possibility of further flights in future.
"We can't currently say when and from where those flights will be organized, but we're gathering all the information. As soon as we see there are enough people ready to buy tickets and fly home, we'll organize such flights,” said Linkaits.
He also said that airBaltic is currently in a stable financial position, but if the crisis is prolonged, that the national airline may require additional support.
As previously reported, Latvia will go into an effective national lockdown on Tuesday, March 17 when it closes its international borders to all organized passenger traffic on land, sea and air as part of anti-coronavirus measures announced by the government.