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The proceedings between airBaltic and airport Riga have been finished

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The content of the memorandum and other details of agreement were not disclosed in today’s press release, but both sides have expressed satisfaction about the outcome of the negotiations.

The vice-president of airBaltic corporate communications, Janis Vanags, indicates that the common grounds were reached after an extended period of negotiations and agreements, however, the board member of airport Riga, Janis Kuzulis, is satisfied with the agreement, which gives a hope that future cooperation with airBaltic will return to normal and guarantee the future development of both companies.

As reported, last week Minister of Traffic (MT), Kaspars Gerhards (political party TB/LNNK), asked the airport and airBaltic, to reach an agreement on debt repayment until Monday, August 16.

MT previously explained that, in last days, intensive debates between the shareholders of airBaltic have taken place at the airport Riga. The Ministry of Traffic has expressed a view that the airline debt has to be paid in the next few days, as well as, that the questions about airBaltic debt and the national airport’s reproach should be resolved separately.

MT also indicated that, in the case of finding a constructive solution, airport Riga claim against airBaltic can be suspended at any moment. The president and CEO of airBaltic, Bertolt Flik, when commenting on the Gerhard’s announcement, explained that he does not wish to repay all the debt, because «we will pay airport Riga a fair fee, but not more than Ryanair pays». Fliks considers that airBaltic pays twice as more than Ryanair.

Kuzulis stresses that the airport is interested in settlling the problem out of court, and sees this as the only acceptable solution. There is no escalation to the conflict, therefore, the airport will do everything that it can to reach an agreement with airBaltic, and he hopes that the national airline «will be ready for constructive and reasonable solution».

It has been reported already that last week the airport Riga handed in the additional debt claim of 3, 4 million lats from airBaltic to the District Court of Riga. airBaltic previously accused the International Airport of Riga of encashing reduced charges from Ryanair services. The airline has turn to the Competition Council in this matter.

Last week the District Court of Riga has received applications and proposed civil case where the claimant is airBaltic, but the defendant – airport Riga. As the council executive of District Court of Riga, Ilvars Tomsons, informed the agency LETA, the claim is included in the category of loss and debt recovery. Tomsons refused to disclose more information about this case.

The company airBaltic has brought the matter before the Court of Justice of almost six million lats claim against the airport, because it has not given constructive proposals for equal conditions of competition for all the airlines, and airBaltic has to pay for service of one passenger twice as much as the Irish airline Ryanair.


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