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airBaltic lost EUR 256 million last year
In view of the negative impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Latvian airline airBaltic ended the year 2020 with a drop in revenue of 72% and a loss of €256 million, according to information from the airline April 15.
Salu bridge to undergo reconstruction
Round 2 of the Salu bridge complex reconstruction is due to take place between April 14 and July 17, and traffic changes will be in place, the Rīga City Council Transport Department said April 13.
Port takeover reform advanced by government
At a meeting on Tuesday, April 13, the Cabinet supported amendments to the Law on Ports, which provides for the state takeover of the management of Latvia's largest ports. The draft law has yet to be viewed in the Saeima.
Tests show vehicle fuel quality 'generally good'
Over the last six months, the State Construction Control Bureau (SCCB) has taken 170 samples of traded diesel fuel and 95- and 98-grade petrol fuels and tested them in an accredited laboratory.  Non-compliance with fuel standards was established in four cases.
Rīga airport passenger number down 91% in first quarter
In the first quarter of 2021, the number of passengers serviced at Riga International Airport decreased by 91%, according to operational data on the airport's performance during the first three months of the year published April 9.
How can you fly in the Covid-19 era? Interview with airBaltic's Martin Gauss
After several years of rapid growth, Latvian national airline airBaltic was brought back down to earth in 2020 by the Covid-19 crisis. It laid off staff and saw its routes and schedules cut back dramatically. Chairman and chief executive Martin Gauss spoke to LTV to review the situation and outline future strategy in a drastically changed aviation environment. You can watch the full interview above and read an edited version below.
Passenger carriers want resignation of Transport Minister
The Latvian Association of Passenger Carriers has sent a letter to Saeima, to Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš (New Unity), the Cabinet of Ministers, and President Egils Levits, in which the association expresses no confidence in Transport Minister Talis Linkaits (New Conservative Party).
Čaka Street bicycle lane experiment extended until September
In order to continue collecting traffic data during the active pedestrian and cyclist season, an experimental use of bicycle lanes on A. Čaka Street in Rīga will be extended until September 1, the Riga City Council Traffic and Transport Affairs Committee decided on Monday, March 29.
Over thirty road sections to be repaired this year
The government allocated €55 million to the construction of state roads, which will allow 31 road sections to be restored this year, covering 270 kilometers, the Ministry of Transport said March 18.
Nearly 500 people removed from public transport for not wearing a mask in March
During the first two weeks of March, Rīga municipal ticket inspectors, alongside municipal police, carried out nearly 1,200 checks on public transport routes in the Latvian capital and made nearly 500 people get off buses, trams and trolleybuses as a result, according to information from Rīgas satiksme (Riga's transport).
Port takeover expected to be completed by 2022
The Saeima hopes to adopt the laws necessary for the reform of Rīga and Ventspils ports already this year, so that they can start operating in a new legal structure as state capital companies by the middle of next year, Transport Minister Tālis Linkaits told Latvian Radio March 16.

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