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Airport Riga now capable of ensuring flights during foggy weather conditions

12.03.2015 | LETA

From the fifth of March, the newly constructed lighting system CAT II has been officially put into operation at Riga International Airport.

The airport informed LETA that it will contribute to flight safety and reduce to minimum the flights diverted to other airports in low visibility conditions.

''Certification of the aerodrome for CAT II compliant lighting system will improve the quality of the services provided by the airport to airlines and passengers because the number of flights diverted to other airports due to adverse weather conditions will substantially decrease.

It is an essential precondition for raising the airport’s competitiveness and attraction of new airlines,'' said Andris Liepins, chairman of the board of Riga International Airport.

The airport from now on will be able to accept incoming flights at the visibility in the aerodrome being up to 300 meters, whereas departing flights will be permitted to take off at the visibility below 250 meters. The CAT II lighting system has been constructed within the framework of the EU Cohesion Fund co-financed project ''Development of Riga International Airport Infrastructure''.

''According to the OAG data, ''airBaltic'' is the most punctual airline in the world. We can provide the service of this level only in cooperation with excellent partners. The improvements made to the infrastructure of Riga International Airport are a significant benefit gained by the clients of ''airBaltic'' allowing them to travel comfortably also in disagreeable weather,'' said Janis Vanags, vice-president for communications at ''airBaltic''.

The airport informs that it should be mentioned that in 2013 and 2014 a number of other significant projects have been accomplished within the EU Cohesion Fund project: renovation of runway pavement surface, strengthening of the runway strip, construction of auxiliary taxiways E and D, reconstruction of Aprons 2 and 3, building of two anti-icing treatment pads, construction of storm water and aerodrome drainage systems, the hangar for washing of vehicles, the hangar for collection of waste, simple renovation of taxiways C and G and construction of a fire-fighting depot.

The project plans for 2015 include reconstruction of Apron 1 and purchase of a specialized fire-fighting and rescue vehicle as well as equipment for security screening.

The attributed project costs amount to EUR 94.26 million, of which Cohesion Fund financing accounts for EUR 58.5 million, state budget funding EUR 11.74 million, and Riga International Airport's own funding – EUR 24.01 million.

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