Temporary Riga photos are being published not in a regular manner due to blog author has moved to Vilnius.

Daugavpils Airport


Currently the airport of Daugavpils is a simple abandoned Soviet airfield 12 km from the 2nd largest city in Latvia.
According to official information the Daugavpils airport opening is scheduled to 2013.

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Liepāja Airport


Liepāja International Airport is one of 3 major airports in Latvia, but currently it has no regular flights.
I couldn't miss the opportunity to take photo of this small airport on my way from Pavilosta to Lithuanian border

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Old Cesis Airfield


There are two grass airfields near Cesis town, which are few hundreds away from each other.
The old military aerodrome can be access from road P20 and it is decorated with Antonov An-2 aircraft.

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Limbaži Airfield


Limbažu lidlauks is a small operating airfield located 40km NNE from Riga with 400m long asphalt runway.
Take-offs and landings for private planes here is for free.

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Magnetto Hotel


Magnetto Hotel aka Viesnīca Magnetto is another conceptual work by anonymous artist.
Also, check Photos of other existing Riga Hotels

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IL-28 at Skulte


The monument of Ilyushin Il-28 military aircraft is located in a small village Skulte, 100 meters next to RIX.
Skulte was a closed military area before 1993, which was home for 27th division of Soviet Air Defence Forces.
People living in this area were also serving the Anti-Aircraft base in Marupe.

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Ādaži Airfield


Ādaži Airfield is the smallest airfield in Riga. Originally opened in 1960s as agriculture airfield it was transformed in 2001 into airfield for small private planes.

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Bombardier


I'm already feeling sorry for putting again the picture plane, but not city :) In fact the photo was taken in Riga :)
Bombardier Q400NextGen is one of the newest planes in airBaltic
fleet, which is being used for short flights, e.g. to Vilnius.

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Air Transport

Air Transport
Huge Boeings and small airplanes always fascinate me. I can watch them landing and taking off infinitely long. Actually there is even a legal status of this hobby called planespotting :)
The best place for aircraft spotting are top floors of Panorama Plaza. Does anybody rent out a flat there? :)

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Boeing 767

Boeing 767
Like many people in Riga, I often think about moving to somewhere else.
Especially when I see this Boeing 767 of Uzbekistan Airways, which connects Riga to New York directly, I start to think about crazy things...

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Private Planes

Private Planes
Usually I see similar pictures in music clip scenes about some famous American rockstars, but I didn't expect to see such abundance in Riga :)
In this hangar are five small private planes like Cessna 172 and additional free space for the sixth one.

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Cessna 172

Cessna 172
Cessna 172 Spyhawk is ready for Air Tour over Riga at Spilve Airport.
It is the most popular and one of the safest aircrafts in the world.

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Blondes

Blondes
Annual Parade of Blonde has been held today. A lot of blond girl teams could be found in Old Town this morning.
I like this proposal for new airBaltic uniform :)
Photo has been taken from delfi.lv.

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Cancelled Flights

Cancelled Flights
Thousands of flights are cancelled because of Volcanic ash over Nordic countries, including Latvia.
More than 20,000 passengers get stuck in Riga airport, which is closed for all flights since yesterday evening.
Vulcan hazard experts say that ash clouds may block all flights for few weeks and will continue to affect some flights for at least several months.
Although airport officials say that air traffic will be resumed tomorrow morning, on 17th of April.
UPDATED on 17th of April afternoon: All flights are still cancelled (see date on picture)

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Enjoy the Symphony

airBaltic ad in Amsterdam
Enjoy the Symphony of Riga for 87 EUR.
I love airBaltic, because it is nearly the only thing that reminds of Riga outside of Latvia.
I found this ad in Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

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Anti-Aircraft Base

Military base
Anti-Aircraft defense base is located in Marupe. It has some strange constructions and of course radars.
It was built during Soviet times in order to protect airspace over Riga and surroundings.
Taking close-up pictures is forbidden because the military base is still operating.

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Refueling


Ryanair Boeing is being refueled by an aviation fuel truck Mercedes-Benz while passengers are boarding.
No time to waste. 89% of Ryanair's flights are on-time! I guess the rest 11% are simply canceled flights :)

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Uzbekistan Airlines

Uzbekistan Airlines in Riga - Flight HY 101 / HY 102
Uzbekistan Airlines is the only airline which perform transatlantic flights from Riga Airport.
The plane with the blue hood makes flights Tashkent - Riga - New York - Riga - Tashkent 3 times per week.
Basically it makes New York JFK airport just 10 hours away from Riga.
Not that far from the capital of the world, isn't? :)

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Blizzard in Airport

Blizzard in Riga Airport
Due heavy blizzard in Riga, the hundreds of passengers get stuck in RIX.
And one of them is me.. :-(

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Antonov An-2

Kukuruznik
Antonov An-2 or Kukuruznik (Кукурузник) is the most popular airplane in the former USSR countries and beyond.
This one is parked at neglected Spilve airfield. Price of such aircraft is less than 100,000 USD.
See also photo of Rumbula airfield fleet.

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