The main priorities of the new Board of Riga International Airport will be raising of Airport's competitiveness in the Baltic Sea Region by developing infrastructure and offering new services to both passenger and cargo carriers, as well as by improving the company's procurement and financial management.
“Riga International Airport is the leading airport in the Baltic countries, and it is time to take the next step. The company is strong enough to begin to compete successfully in the Baltic Sea Region both in passenger and cargo transportation," says Armands Jurjevs, Chairman of the Board. He sees the potential for development of the infrastructure of the Airport and its adjacent territories, offering new services to existing customers, as well as attracting new customers. Jurjevs also emphasises the role of national airline airBaltic, noting that it is very important to respect the plans of airBaltic and other airlines in planning Airport's development.
In order to develop and promote the company's operations, the Board intends to strengthen and improve Airport’s procurement and financial management. The Board will also focus on issues affecting the daily work at Airport, including the passenger service, in particular security services. "Security is today's most urgent issue to be addressed from all the possible aspects," says Jurjevs.
The Board of Riga International Airport started its work on Monday, 31 October. The Board consisting of Ilona Līce, Lauma Jenča and Irina Feļdmane will be chaired by Armands Jurjevs.
Armands Jurjevs has more than 20 years of experience in the international business environment. He has worked as the Director of the United States Fund International Executive Services Corps, as the Head of IBM Latvian Office and Director of companies Interinfo Latvja Ltd. and Baltic Delfi Internet Search Ltd. belonging to Telenor Media Group. He has also held the business development manager position in Norway-based company Telenor Media Holding, where he developed its business strategy, and introduced it in seven Group’s companies in the Baltic States, Eastern Europe and the CIS.
Financial specialist Irina Feļdmane has previously worked in the Board of Riga Municipality enterprise "Rīgas Satiksme", as well as held senior financial positions in several international companies, while Lauma Jenča before taking the post of a Board Member worked as the Head of the Airport’s Legal Department. Ilona Līce already for several years has been working in the Board of Riga Airport.
As reported before, the Ministry of Transport as the representative of the shareholder of Riga International Airport on 21 October supported the decision of the Airport’s Supervisory Board on the election of the Chairman and Members of the Board of Riga Airport.
Riga International Airport is the largest air traffic hub in the Baltics, serving 45% of the air passengers in the Baltic States. The 20 airlines operating at Riga Airport offer 69 destinations in the winter season and 79 in the summer season.