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Riga International Airport will have a new air traffic control tower

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvijas Gaisa Satiksme promises that Riga International Airport will have a new, modern air traffic control tower in 2013.

Realization of the tower’s project has been commenced by Latvijas gaisa satiksme. It is planned that the tower’s construction will commence in 2018. It is expected that the tower will become fully operational after being fitted with the most modern technologies in 2013, as reported by LGS.

«LGS plays a major part in Latvia’s aviation industry. It offers quality and safe monitoring and control of flights. It is important to ensure that air traffic control infrastructure develops along with the development of Latvia’s aviation industry,» says Transport Minister Uldis Augulis.

LGS chairman Davids Taurins notes that Riga International Airport has been developing and expanding over the course of the past 50 years. This has helped increase the number of serviced flights. «Our plans include the continuation of development. This is why we need a new, taller tower,» Taurins said.

LGS reports that assessment work performed by Deutsche Flugsicherung aero-navigation service provider has finished. The company has concluded that to ensure the necessary level of visual control over the airfield, the necessary height of the tower should be 50-60 m.

It has also been concluded that it is not possible to expand the space in the existing tower to fit in Remote Tower Control functionality, which would expand air traffic navigation services for regional airports (such as Liepaja).

«No state funding will be necessary for the construction of the new tower. Current estimates suggest the project’s full costs may reach EUR 18 million. We are prepared to cover costs from our own budget. We also consider attracting EU funds for the project,» Taurins explains the financial side of the project.

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