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Riga airport’s losses in relation to Ryanair case exceed EUR 4 million

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUTotal losses of Riga International Airport in relation to the so-called Ryanair case are higher than the estimate announced last week – the actual amount exceeds four million euros, according to the correspondence between the airport and lawyers published on

In this correspondence, Ugis Zeltins, representative of Raidla, Lejiņš & Norcous (which has already been paid at least EUR 261,869 for representing the airport) tells the airport’s Legal Department Director Lauma Jenca that the amount enforced to the airport in the ruling of the court of arbitration may reach EUR 2.05 million.

This amount consists of the court’s recognized losses of Ryanair worth EUR 802,000, the airline’s requested EUR 1,18 million – court process costs – and the airline’s other expenses. In addition, the airport is also expected to cover losses worth more than two million euros, which the court declared came from aero-navigation services provided by the airport.

Initially, Ugis Zeltins, who had been involved in this and other cases of the airport, had told the news agency that Ryanair had not yet requested Latvia’s court to comply with the ruling of the International Court of Arbitration in London.

The airport’s complaint to the European Commission regarding Ryanair’s possible use of illegal state support has only given some time to draw breath, because Riga District Court has halted the litigation in regards to the execution of the ruling for the duration of EC’s investigation of this complaint. Nevertheless, once EC concludes its investigation, the time will come to pay. Ryanair’s debt of EUR 2 million is lost forever, Pietiek reports.

In addition all of the aforementioned amounts, the airport will also have to pay a considerable amount of money to Raidla, Lejiņš & Norcous.

In 2012, the board of Riga International Airport decided to end the EUR 284,574 worth contract with Raidla, Lejiņš & Norcous for the services the law firm had provided in another case between Ryanair and the airport.

The airport had paid considerable amounts to the law firm for legal services in other litigation involving Ryanair. For example, in March 2013, the airport’s board decided to sign a contract with this law firm for EUR 42,686 to help the airport in litigation against Ryanair to enforce losses.

All of the current problems experienced by Riga International Airport in court are related to Ainars Slesers’ political pressure exacted on the airport in order to secure Ryanair’s presence in Latvia.


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