Border crossing has been refused to 23 Russian citizens since Monday, September 19, when restrictions on visa holders from Russia came into force, the Interior Ministry said Saturday. Two persons have requested asylum because of the mobilization in Russia.
According to data published on September 22 by the Central Statistical Bureau, in August 2022 passenger turnover at Riga International Airport comprised 573.2 thousand passengers, which is 1.5 times more than in August 2021 and 5.4 % less than in the previous month.
Since the ban on the entry of Russian citizens with tourist visas to Latvia, which came into force on September 19, fifteen people have been denied border crossing, Deputy Chief of State Border Guard Ivars Ruskulis said in an interview on Latvian Television September 22.
Prices of new cars could rise by 8% in the near future, the Latvian Authorised Automobile Dealers Association forecasts. Similarly, the services of the Road Traffic Safety Directorate (CSDD) will become more pricey, especially for exclusive services, Latvian Radio reported on September 20.
After Ģertrūdes Street in Rīga center gobbled up several cars in 2020, long-term repairs were launched. The construction is still ongoing and it is closed from Brīvības to Barona Street. In shops and cafes on the street the number of customers has decreased, and businesses are on the brink of bankruptcy, Latvian Television broadcast 4.studija reported on September 16.
In less than two weeks, the police have identified more than 30 cases of traffic vehicles with suspicious number plates – mostly cars from Russia, the State Police told newswire LETA on September 15.
The construction of first ramp for the Rail Baltica railway station project at Rīga International Airport has begun, said construction company “B.S.L. Infra” on September 13.
All passenger train routes running new trains will also have new platforms. Their construction has started Monday, September 12, and altogether 48 platforms are planned to be built or upgraded. They will be specifically designed to make it easy for people with visual and mobility disabilities to finally enter passenger trains, Latvian Television reported.
From Monday, September 12, on two minibus routes – 303 Pļavnieki – Jugla and 363 Mežciems – Šampēteris, Rīga public transport buses will run, Rīgas satiksme said Monday.
Since the beginning of March, a ship holding nearly 55 thousand tons of potassium chloride has been anchored at a stop belonging to the Rīga Free port, the Latvian Television broadcast De Facto reported September 11. The cargo of fertilizer belongs to a company subject to European Union sanctions.
The State Revenue Service (VID) has fined the “Bolt” taxi-on-demand company EUR 1.4 million for non-payment of corporate income tax (UIN). This is the second time the Latvian authority penalizes the Estonian unicorn for tax evasion in Latvia, Latvian Television's broadcast De Facto reported on September 11.
The minibus company “Rīga minibus traffic” (RMS), received a court decision to declare the company's insolvency on Friday, September 9, RMS said.
WIth the help of the Latvian Naval forces' equipment, parts of the plane that plummeted into the Baltic Sea near Ventspils on Sunday have been located, along with the personal items of the passengers, LETA reported on September 8.
Between January and August this year, Riga Airport handled 3.4 million passengers, the airport said September 6, as it continues to recover from the huge disruption of the Covid pandemic.
On average, more than 100 Latvian residents travel through three border inspection posts to Russia daily. Since the middle of the summer when Russia lifted the pandemic restrictions on travel, the flow has increased slightly, Latvian Television reported on September 5.
As the construction work of the Rail Baltica railway station and related infrastructure is continuing at the Rīga International Airport, as of Monday, September 5, traffic organization is changed near the airport, according to the construction company B.S.L. Infra.
A private passenger plane registered in Austria crashed in the Baltic Sea on Sunday, September 4, near Ventspils, reports the Swedish media Dagens Nyheter.
Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) data published on September 2 show that in the 1st half of 2022, compared to the 1st half of 2021, passenger traffic by all modes of transport has grown. Freight traffic by road transport has reduced, but in other sectors – increased.
The low-flying helicopter, which has been seen above several Rīga suburbs in recent weeks, has performed laser scanning work to acquire a 3D model of the city and its surroundings, Latvian Television reported on August 31.
The fifty-millionth passenger of the Latvian national airline airBaltic was awaited with a ceremony at Rīga International Airport on Monday, August 29, Latvian Television reported on August 31.
RB Rail, the joint venture of the three Baltic states in charge of the Rail Baltica infrastructure project said August 30 it has signed an 8-million-euro deal with a consultancy.
On Monday, August 29, a fire broke out on the ferry Stena Scandica, which runs between Ventspils and the Swedish port of Nynäshamn. There are around 300 people on the ferry, but the Swedish authorities report that the fire has been contained and the passengers are not in danger.
Traffic in Latvia is quite aggressive and it could be linked to the penalty policies, said Aivars Aksenoks, board member of the Road Traffic Safety Directorate (CSDD), in an interview to Latvian Radio on August 29.
In Liepāja, compared to last year, the number of tourists increased by at least 40%, coming from 85 countries. A new tourism niche has opened in the city: the possibility of operating cruise ships, Latvian Radio reported on August 29.
Between July 1 and August 1, 602 drone flights were detected in the Rīga airport's air traffic control area, of which 397 were carried out too close to the airport area or above the maximum permitted flight height, the Civil Aviation Agency (CAA) said August 25.
On the first day of school, September 1, Rīga public transport will be free of charge, said the Rīga city council.
During the dismantling of the monument complex in Uzvaras park, traffic will be limited in the vicinity, said Rīga City Council on August 23.
According to the data published August 22 by the Central Statistical Bureau, in July 2022, passenger turnover at Rīga International Airport comprised 606.1 thousand passengers, which is double that of July 2021 and 10.3% more than in the previous month.