airBaltic launches the construction of the Baltic cargo hub

The Latvian national airline airBaltic has announced its partnership with UPB Nams, SIA for the construction of the Baltic Cargo Hub at RIX Riga Airport.

This state-of-the-art facility is set to become the largest dedicated air cargo handling center in the Baltics, solidifying Riga Airport’s position as a leading air cargo hub.

The facility will feature direct access to the apron, making cargo import, export, and transit processes quick and easy.

Kaspars Briškens, Minister of Transport of the Republic of Latvia: “The Baltic Cargo Hub marks an important milestone for Latvia’s aviation sector, strengthening our position on the regional airfreight and logistics map.

“This state-of-the-art facility not only exemplifies our commitment to enhancing Latvia’s logistics capabilities but also reinforces our strategic vision of leveraging aviation as a catalyst for economic growth and international trade.

“Through initiatives like these, we are not just expanding our infrastructure but are also building bridges that connect Latvian businesses to the world, fostering innovation, and improving our nation’s competitiveness.”

Martin Gauss, President and CEO of airBaltic: “In 2023, airBaltic delivered over 9 400 tonnes of cargo and mail, maintaining its status as the largest air cargo and mail carrier at RIX Riga Airport to date.

“However, our existing cargo hangar, fundamental for our operations, will soon be replaced by the Rail Baltica railway track.

“The upcoming Baltic Cargo Hub will significantly increase our handling capacity at Riga hub, allowing to handle up to 45 000 tonnes of cargo annually.

“This development will not only boost the airport’s cargo volume, but also bring substantial benefits for airBaltic.

“Overall, this project represents a significant milestone for our airline and Latvia’s aviation sector, setting a new standard in air cargo handling and logistics in the region.”

Kaspars Rožkalns, Chairman of the Board at UPB Nams: “This project will be both technologically challenging and intensive, demanding close and effective collaboration among all stakeholders – and UPB Nams specialize in precisely these types of industrial projects.

“We also appreciate the airBaltic’s commitment to constructing the new air cargo hub in accordance with BREEAM sustainability standards, demonstrating the company’s long-term vision.

“These investments will undoubtedly enhance Latvia’s international competitiveness in aviation logistics, and we are pleased to contribute our expertise and knowledge to the construction process.”

Laila Odiņa, Chairperson of the Board of RIX Riga Airport: Our national airline, airBaltic, is currently the largest aviation cargo and mail carrier at Riga Airport.

“We are confident that the new cargo handling center will optimize and enhance cargo service processes, providing additional benefits to both the airline and its customers.”