Today’s repatriation flights to be carried out by airBaltic are almost sold out, and those who have decided not to fly are strongly urged to notify the airline on their website , according to Transport Minister Tālis Linkaits (New Conservative Party) on March 16.
The minister stressed that it’s important to notify the airline so that another passenger can be given the opportunity to fly back to Rīga. Those who weren’t able to book one of the flights are invited to notify consular services as well as airBaltic.
“We can’t currently say when and from where those flights will be organized, but we’re gathering all the information. As soon as we see there are enough people ready to buy tickets and fly home, we’ll organize such flights,” said Linkaits.
He also said that airBaltic is currently in a stable financial position, but if the crisis is prolonged, that the national airline may require additional support.
As previously reported , Latvia will go into an effective national lockdown on Tuesday, March 17 when it closes its international borders to all organized passenger traffic on land, sea and air, following further anti-coronavirus measures announced March 14.
In addition, Kariņš announced that all organized public events are banned until future notice and “unorganized” or spontaneous events including cultural, sporting and religious gatherings can have a maximum 50 participants.
An additional 4 cases of COVID-19 coronavirus were confirmed on Latvian territory March 16, raising the total number of cases from 30 on Sunday to 34. The new figure was released by Health Minister Ilze Viņķele following talks with Predsident Egils Levits and Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš Monday morning.
The figure was confirmed minutes later by the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) which said that of 237 tests during the previous 24-hour period, 4 were positive. In total 1,147 tests have been carried out since February 29.