Published on : Monday, April 26, 2021
airBaltic and Riga Airport have recently signed a land reservation agreement for building a new Baltic cargo hub. The new facility will be the largest dedicated air cargo handling hanger in the region. According to initial plans, the planned size of the Baltic Cargo Hub is 6000 metres square. It is likely that the construction will begin in late 2022 and finish the hangar by early 2024.
The project will be financed through banks and operated by Baltijas Kravu centres SIA, cargo handling subsidiary of airBaltic. Martin Gauss, Chief Executive, airBaltic, said in a statement that for many years airBaltic Cargo has provided essential mail and cargo shipments to and from Latvia, using the existing hangar but now the hangar will be demolished to make room for the Rail Baltica track. He informed that the new Baltic Cargo Hub will enable the company to handle more than 30 000 ton of cargo each year.
Laila Odiņa, Chairperson of the Board, Riga Airport, Laila Odiņa added that she is pleased that the airport will be able to work with the national airline in the development of the airport’s air cargo centre RIX Cargo City. She mentioned that the volume of belly cargo forms a significant part of cargo carriage at Riga Airport, and airBaltic is the largest carrier of this type of cargo. She stated that the construction of a new cargo handling centre will help increase the volume of cargo handled at Riga Airport and will benefit both the Airport and airBaltic.