AirBaltic to expand maintenance facility at Riga

Development is set to begin next year, with plans to grow the maintenance service to other international carriers

 

Latvian flag carrier airBaltic, announced plans to begin the construction of a new aircraft hangar at Riga Airport to maintain its fleet.

The operator hopes this will reduce future maintenance fees and will enable them to become more efficient.

Laila Odina, chairwoman of the Board at Riga Aiport said: “Construction of the new airBaltic aircraft maintenance hangar at Riga Airport will consolidate the airport’s positions as the main base of the national airline, providing and increasing the range and amount of aviation and non-aviation services provided by the airport, promoting the facilty’s development and strengthening its leading role in the Baltic Sea region.”

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Construction is set to begin in early 2022, with plans for the development to be finished by the end of the following year.

The new aircraft hangar will be around 34,500m2, with the total size of the land being 2.85 hectares. The hangar will provide space to handle line and base maintenance for seven Airbus A220-300 aircraft at once.

“The new hangar has been in our plans for years, as part of our future expansion. By the time the new hangar will be complete, we will be on our growth path again ensuring the crucial connectivity between the Baltics and the rest of world with almost twice as many Airbus A220-300 aircraft as we have today,” said Martin Gauss, chief executive officer of airBaltic.

“As the Airbus A220 customer base is growing, we will also be offering heavy maintenance to customers worldwide. It will be one of the largest and most modern aircraft hangars in the region,” he added.

In 2019, airBaltic received the certificate enabling them to provide EASA Part-145 line and base maintenance for the former Bombardier narrowbody. The flag carrier was the first obtain the capability and was the second organisation in the world that was allowed to initiate full scope base preservation on A220 fleet.

Currently, the airline is considering expanding its maintenance services to other carriers globally that operate similar aircraft. Its fleet presently consists of 25 Airbus A220-300 aircraft.