RIGA - Reopening of the Baltic countries' internal borders to travelers is the first step toward gradual resumption of normal cooperation and ties among the countries in all of Europe, Transport Minister Talis Linkaits (New Conservative Party) told reporters on Monday.
"Today is an important day as passenger traffic has resumed at the Riga Airport. Transport has traditionally connected countries, businesses and people, which is why transport industry has suffered the most from the constraints imposed by Covid-19," said Linkaits, adding he was pleased that the epidemiological situation was returning to normal and international passenger traffic could be gradually resumed.
Currently, some flights outside the Baltics have also been granted permission - flights to Oslo and Frankfurt - taking into account the demand from businessmen and the epidemiological situation in Norway and Germany.
"I very much hope that, as the situation improves, the number of destinations from Riga will gradually, of course, very gradually increase, and Riga will once again be the Baltic aviation hub, offering flights to many destinations," said the minister.
Linkaits hopes that in the future the situation in many countries will gradually improve and flight to more destinations will be operated again.
In order to grant permission for new flights, the Transport Ministry has set additional restrictions and safety measures, taking into account the recommendations of the European Commission, medical recommendations, and airlines' requirements.