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Monday, 26.01.2015, 00:16
Ryanair, Europe’s favourite low fares airline, on January 23rd celebrated its 8 millionth customer on flights to and from Riga. The lucky passenger, Inna Kudrjasova, arriving from London Stansted was greeted by Ryanair and the airport management at Riga airport.
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UK rail companies working in international projects and providing rail infrastructure services such as planning, construction and management of innovative and sustainable railways met the representatives of the Ministry of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Lithuania, informs LETA/ELTA.
Automobiles worth EUR 6.98 million were stolen in Latvia in 2014. The most popular ones among car thieves were "Volkswagen", "Audi", and "Toyota", according to information provided by the car security system producer Autonams, cites LETA.
Saeima on January 22nd, 2015, supported in the second and final reading changes to the Latvian Administrative Violation Code, which foresees an increase in fines for substantial speeding violations, and a reduction in fines for small speeding violations.
airBaltic, the world’s most punctual airline, will launch a new route between Riga and Thessaloniki (Greece) this summer, on June 5, 2015. The new route will add another popular summer destination for Baltic travellers, as well as connecting travellers from the south with Riga, and beyond to destinations in the Baltics, Europe, Scandinavia, CIS and the Middle East.
Estonian forestry and timber industry and Estonian highway transport union leaders are in favour of the decree signed by Economy and Infrastructure Minister Urve Palo that allows transporting round timber with trucks with up to 52 tonnes laden weight; Tallinn Technical University lecturer estimates, however, that now roads will be damaged more rapidly, LETA/Public Broadcasting reports.
Market research firm Nielsen's so-called empty pack survey shows that 18.8% of packages of tobacco products found in Estonia have been smuggled into the country as contraband, which is by 1.9 percentage points less than a year ago, LETA/Public Broadcasting reports.
The Finance Committee of the Riga City Council decided yesterday to allot a EUR 88.6 million subsidy to the municipal public transport company Rigas satiksme from the Riga budget, reports LETA.
Mitsubishi plans to resume the regular cargo train traffic from the Estonian Muuga Port to the assembly plant in Kaluga, Russia, that was suspended at the end of the year 2014, LETA/Postimees Online reports.
'Scandinavian Airlines' (SAS) has announced its return to Riga International Airport, and from March 29 will be offering direct flights between Riga and Stockholm, LETA was informed by the airline.
Latvian Transport Minister Anrijs Matiss' (Unity) meeting with the European Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc focused on recent changes in Germany's regulations on remuneration, which stipulate minimum hourly wage for any kind of job done in the territory of Germany, and which also apply to trucking companies that ship freights via Germany – Bulc confirmed that Brussels would be actively involved in solving the problem, reports LETA.
ACI (Airports Council International) EUROPE has released a new study on the economic impact of European airports. The study, conducted by InterVISTAS, independently quantifies and documents the economic contribution of the airport industry, informs LETA/ELTA.
In 2014, a total of 3.8 million passengers used the services of Lithuania's three airports in Vilnius, Kaunas and Palanga, or by 9.1% more than in 2013, informs LETA/ELTA.
Moller Group companies that sell Volkswagen automobiles in Latvia disagree with the Competition Council's findings and will appeal the Competition Council's in court, Moller Group spokesman Gundars Ruza informed LETA.
The Competition Council in Latvia has fined official Volkswagen dealerships and importers a total of EUR 7.6 million for forming a cartel, as the Competition Council told reporters today, cites LETA.