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Luhse: airport’s terminal construction – four years late

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Arnis Luhse

Major work carried out since I have started running the airport is managing the previous projects. The biggest drawbacks in this process – construction of the new terminal has been delayed for four years, because now that the airport is servicing five million passengers a year, the terminal can service only four million people, indicates the airport Riga Head Arnis Luhse.

The airport does not have a global plan on the ways of development – until now it has evolved chaotically, Luhse admits to LNT broadcast 900 sekundes.

At the same time, he recognizes that nothing has been missed out during those four years, because four projects have been drafted and currently an option has been put forward that the airport itself is going to build the terminal.

We ourselves will attract an investor, because the state cannot provide any financial assistance. We have ralked with potential investors, but I do not want to expand on this, because the investors council will choose the winner out of the four projects, not us, Luhse points out.

There is also a proposal that the airport itself could build the terminal. The airport’s variant is better; however, if airBaltic’s project is approved it will be implemented, says Luhse, adding that the airport’s clients are not low-cost passengers.

Low-cost passengers is another business; they need a big hall, metal chairs that cannot be damaged and Coca-Cola vending machine. Riga International Airport initially has to focus on an airport for usual, not low-cost passengers, acknowledges the airport’s Head, emphasizing that construction work has to be completed by 2014.

To his mind, the average number that the airport could service is 7.5 – 10 million passengers per year, and not more.

In terms of passenger amount, Tallinn and Vilnius’s airports fall behind about one half, we are very far ahead. And these four years did not have an adverse effect on anything; moreover, airBaltic attracts the bulk of the passengers. Also, the airport itself is looking for new airlines, it is likely that we will bring in an optional company, reveals Luhse.

Asked about how the situation is developing with airBaltic, he points out it is difficult. We have moved by five millimetres closer to cooperation, however the case is still at the court. The large-scale dispute, when the state stopped rebate programmes, negatively affecting airBaltic, is still not resolved. The airport is only a hostage in this conflict, we are not involving in it, but taking care that all the airline’s payments are settled. An arrangement is possible, especially if we are returning to the tariff programme, which has to be redrafted due to many inconsistencies, Luhse recognizes.


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  1. El_ko says:

    “Low-cost passengers … need a big hall, metal chairs that cannot be damaged and Coca-Cola vending machine” — it is not fair to describe all people who use discount airlines like that, especially in this economic climate.

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