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Latvian aviation could catch up to Sweden

Latvia’s transport minister says that the Latvian aviation industry could reach Swedish levels within the next decade.

The aviation industry of Latvia could reach the level of Sweden in terms of passenger numbers, flights and cargo handling per capita by 2030, stated Tālis Linkaits, Latvia’s transport minister, in an opening statement at the Riga Aviation Forum 2019 on June 13. The minister admitted, however, that such numbers would be predicated on considerable effort.

In his address, Linkaits praised the Latvian aviation sector for making up around 3.5% of the country’s gross domestic product. Nevertheless, he urged the industry to do more and reach the average in other European economies of 4.4%.

“I don’t see any reason why we in Latvia wouldn’t be able to accomplish this,” said the minister, calling on players in the industry to be more ambitious to develop their businesses not only in Latvia, but also in beyond its borders and in Europe as a whole.

Playing field
Linkaits expressed the hope that strong growth could be continued not only by the Latvian national airline airBaltic, Riga airport and the navigation service provider Latvijas Gaisa Satiksme, but also by other players in the field of aviation.

Overall, the Riga Aviation Forum 2019 focused on aviation challenges in Latvia and Europe and the regulation and integration of drone traffic.

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