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BAS: government wants to get rid of airBaltic via Finnair

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUBaltic Aviation Systems (BAS) is urging the Latvian government to take a clear decision on airBaltic instead of mulling over setting up an entirely new airline.

The message of the govenrment is clear. It is its attitude towards its own asset airBaltic, Artis Kampars’ harmful statements in June, delayed decision-making, attraction of a finance company, request for airBaltic’s commercial secret and a proposal to create a new airline. Practically all of this suggests an aim to create a competitor to airBaltic, according to Inga Piterniece, BAS board member.

“The government’s partner in setting up a new airline is Finnair – the fiercest airBaltic’s rival. With the help of the Latvian govenrment, Finnair will get rid of one of its biggest competitors in the region,” she says.

Piterniece points out that the government will achieve that people will be able to fly to the parent company’s airport in Helsinki only. She adds that Riga will no longer be a regional hub if this happens.

BAS is set to prove to the government that it has funds enough to invest in airBaltic.

The government’s consultant Prudentia should stop its rhetoric harmful for its client’s asset and the govenrment itself as a shareholder should stop harming airBaltic. “If the state fails to help its own company, it should at least leave it alone, instead of harming it,” Piterniece says.

“If the government is not willing to inject funds in airBaltic, let BAS do it. If the government is not interested in airBaltic as an airline, it should sell its shares to the private shareholder and set up its own airline. Then fair competition would show us which of these companies would be more successful -that with the state’s partnership or the one without,” she indicates.


Leave a reply to Expat in Riga

  1. forin airbaltic pilot says:

    Is Latvia independent country or is under another occupation? And in 20 years will you build another museum of occupation, this time finish?

  2. Jonte says:

    Ask who is behind BAS.

  3. foreigner says:

    Yes – Russians and Germans are behind BAS. So what??? Money still stays in Latvia. Finnair is supposed to be better then that??? And what about over 2000 employees of airBaltic? And hundreds of people in companies connected or influenced by it? Just because some Russian owns 23,6% of the company and some German owns another 23,6%, you say it’s OK for thousands of people to loose jobs??? What kind of stupidity is that? Latvian government instead of helping it’s own people is just playing stupid power game with Flick. And what will they win? Thousands of unemployed people and Finnair instead of national Airline…

  4. Expat in Riga says:

    Well, I wouldn´t count that everything BT’s management is telling the press is the absolute truth. This is dirty game and 100% sure is that neither side is clean.

  5. Eve says:

    BAS and Flick – the most cunning combination ever.

  6. me says:

    Finnair is a good partner

  7. anti idiot says:

    Answer me economical morons how much Finair employe will leave money in Riga, how much wil pay taxes in Latvia comparing to airBaltic employe? Finair is a airBaltic competitor and Finland is Latvia competitor, NOT PARTNER !!!

  8. loulou says:

    Air Baltic owners are nothing but a big bunch of morons Get rid of the lame duck for one santime

  9. Randhil says:

    At last! Someone with the isinght to solve the problem!

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