Latvia to resume air, sea, bus and rail transport with Lithuania and Estonia on May 15

  • 2020-05-14
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - Latvia will resume air, sea, bus and rail transport with Lithuania and Estonia as of this Friday, the Cabinet of Ministers decided on Thursday. 

The government added a provision to the decree on the state of emergency allowing international air, sea, bus and rail transport with Lithuania and Estonia to resume on May 15. 

Transport Minister Talis Linkaits has been authorized to make exceptions regarding international passenger transportation. The transport minister will be able to impose restrictions and conditions on international air, sea, bus and rail passenger transportation. 

As reported, after receiving all of the necessary permissions, on May 18 Latvian airline airBaltic will resume direct flights from Tallinn to Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Oslo and as of May 25 to Vilnius, the company's representative Alise Briede informed LETA. 

The Lithuanian government on Wednesday granted the Latvian carrier's request for permission to resume flights from Vilnius to Riga and Tallinn.

Briede indicated that airBaltic is ready to resume flights also from Riga Airport as soon as permission from authorities in charge is received. 

“The safety and health of our passengers, our employees and the society stand above all. When we will resume flights, all passengers will be provided with a face mask and disinfectant wipes. Our new flight operations will follow the recommendations issued by authorities. We are still continuing our work on specific guidelines for various other safety activities,” said airBaltic CEO Martin Gauss.

As reported, a state of emergency has been declared in Latvia due to the Covid-19 pandemic until June 9.