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Friday, 27.03.2015, 08:54
In January-February 2015, the overall cargo handling in the Baltic Eastern Coast Seaports totalled 60 585,0 thou. tn; the year-on-year change is +3,2% or +1 879,8 thou. tn, reports BC Klaipeda port’s press service.
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The Estonian government approved on Thursday the amount of dividends to be paid to the state budget by companies in which the state has decision rights, which amounts to EUR 162 million, announced the Ministry of Finance, cites LETA.
Successful implementation of investment projects accounting approximately for 90% is one of the factors helping Klaipeda Seaport to win in the competitive struggle. Within the period of January – February of 2015 the turnover of Klaipeda Seaport cargo handling increased as many as by 10,4% – totally 6,04 mln tn, i.e. more by 568,1 thou. tn comparing with January – February of 2014 were handled, reports BC port’s press service.
For the summer season, starting on March 29, the Latvian national airline airBaltic has introduced nine new routes and improved its schedule of flights linking the Baltic region with Europe, the Middle East, and the CIS, reports BC Janis Vanags.
Excise goods, especially cigarettes, currently make up the largest proportion of contraband goods, Martins Kalnins, Deputy Director of Customs Police Department, said in an interview with Latvian Radio, cites LETA.
Last week in Gdansk (Poland), the director of the company Rail Baltica Statyba Dainius Budrys received the Baltic Trendsetters Club Certificate granted for creativity, perseverance and exceptional and courageous projects on the transport market. The certificate acknowledged the company's contribution to setting up a joint venture of the three Baltic States – RB Rail, reported BC Lithuania's Ministry of Transport and Communications.
Estonian state-owned railway infrastructure company Eesti Raudtee (Estonian Railways Co) council on Wednesday approved the company's 2014 annual financial report, according to which, the company had revenues of EUR 55.5 million and a net loss of 0.26 million, LETA/Postimees Online reports.
According to Statistics Estonia, in 2014, the number of passengers served by Estonian transport enterprises decreased by 2% and the freight volume in tonnes decreased by 5% compared to the previous year. Passenger traffic volume increased by 6% in passenger-kilometres, but freight turnover fell 15% in tonne-kilometres.
Starting 12 November 2015, planes flying in the Estonian airspace can abandon the existing fixed corridors, and begin to fly faster and more economically, LETA/Eesti Ekspress reports.
Following two years of solid decreases in the number of people killed on Europe's roads, the first reports on road deaths in 2014 are disappointing, argued the EU Commissioner. Most worrying statistics is in the two Baltic States: Latvia and Lithuania. However, the figures published show that the total number of EU road deaths has decreased by over 18% since 2010.
JSC Ventspils nafta the holding company, made a loss of 5.28 million EUR in 2014 (2013 loss of 28.15 million EUR), largely as a result of a 9.67 million EUR impairment (2013: 47.32 million EUR) recognised in respect of VN’s investment in LatRosTrans Ltd., reports BC VN’s press service.
In 2014, the traffic-related death rate in Latvia reached 90 per million inhabitants, which is the highest indicator among all European Union (EU) member states, according to data published by the European Commission, cites LETA/AFP.
Beginning on the last Sunday in March 2015, the aviation summer season will offer even more flights from the Lithuanian capital. The number of Air Lituanica flights from Vilnius Airport will increase up to 59 regular departures per week, reported BC the press service of the airline.
The Riga International Airport has received information about the recent incident on the flight – Riga-Dublin, where an unnamed passenger was suspicious of baggage being tampered with. An investigation has been launched in order to clarify the circumstances, the airport informed LETA.
Havas, the Turkish company that provides ground handling services at Riga International Airport, has no comment on its negotiations with the Irish low-fare airline Ryanair, at the same time not ruling out that cooperation could continue.