Emergency exercise under way at Riga Airport

A major emergency exercise is being held at Riga International Airport on Wednesday morning, which means an increased traffic of special vehicles to and from the airport, Laura Karnite, a spokeswoman for the airport.

The exercise began at 8 a.m. and will last for three to four hours. Participating in the drills are not only the airport’s services, but also the State Fire and Rescue Service, the Emergency Medical Service, State Police, airBaltic and Smartlynx carriers, Eastern Clinical University Hospital, Pauls Stradins Clinical University Hospital, cadets from the National Defense Academy, and students of the University of Latvia, the Red Cross Medical College of Riga Stradins University (RSU), and the Fire Safety and Civil Protection College.

The scenario of the exercise involves a simulation of a collision of two aircraft resulting in injuries. There are 190 extras involved in the exercise. Smoke grenades will also be used in the drill.

The airport’s operations will not be affected and all flights will arrive and depart as scheduled, the airport informed. However, temporary traffic disruptions are possible in the airport’s vicinity, which is why passengers are asked to arrive at the airport at least two hours ahead of the departure of their flight.

Riga Airport is the largest air traffic hub in the Baltic countries.

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