Riga Airport wants to add public transport buses in wee hours

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Talks are ongoing between the Riga International Airport and the Riga City Council over extending the running hours of the No. 22 bus from the airport to the city center into the night, the head of the airport Ilona Līce told Latvian Radio August 30.

Līce revealed that talks are ongoing with the goal that the bus route No. 22 would continue into the wee hours, for example, at 2 a.m. Currently buses stop coursing around midnight, and late arrivals have no choice but to try to hitch a taxi.

Seeing as there are ongoing problems with unscrupulous taxi drivers by the airport, Līce invited passengers to use private cars for pickups. 

Riga Airport recently granted "ten minutes of grace", i.e. free temporary parking by the airport's arrivals terminal. 

The changes were introduced to motivate drivers to drop-off or pick-up passengers via the P1 parking lot, thus lessening the traffic at the airport's departures terminal, where lines at peak hours have been forming this summer.

Most people choose to both drop off and collect passengers at the departures terminal, which is just one small flight of stairs away from departures and does not incur a charge. 

In early September last year, a court ruling stipulated that the departures terminal is open to any taxi company. Furthermore, from June 1 municipalities are prevented from setting maximum tariffs, and therefore taxis are free to charge as much as they like.

In May 2018, Līce admitted in an interview that the number of complaints about taxicab services at Riga International Airport had been growing. “The number of complaints is growing with each day. Clients get cheated, they are not carried on short-distance routes, for instance, to Marupe, there are problems with receipts and fair prices, but we are unable to do anything about it,” Līce said, noting that a court ruling prevents the airport from dealing with the situation.

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