airBaltic considers taxi business

Latvian national carrier airBaltic is considering establishing a taxi service to improve the quality of transfers from its base at Riga International Airport to downtown Riga. According to the company there is a high level of dishonesty among existing taxi providers and although it has highlighted the problem to the city’s Mayor Janis Birks and the director of the Riga City Council’s Transport Department, it never received a formal response.

“Our experience shows that taxi service providers in Riga are often highway robbers, and they charge too much,” said airBaltic President and CEO Bertolt Flick. “I think that it is high time to bring greater order to this sector in Latvia, because otherwise it will irreversibly damage people’s views about how Latvia treats tourists who arrive in the country.”

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