Latvian airline airBaltic said October 15 it had no plans to ground its fleet and was paying precise attention to advice from the company responsible for manufaturing the engines on its fleet of Airbus A220 aircraft. “AirBaltic is closely following engine manufacturer’s Pratt& Whitney recommendations on additional inspections.
An alcohol tax war has broken out between Baltic neighbours Latvia and Estonia, who are among the EU’s biggest consumers of alcohol. First, a 25% alcohol duty cut came into force in Estonia on July 1, in a bid to stop people from travelling to Latvia to buy a cheap drink.Now Latvia, keen to protect its booze trade on the border with Estonia, made a 15% reduction of its own.
In October 2018 the European Union (EU) announced it was funding a new automated border control system to be piloted in Hungary, Greece and Latvia. Called iBorderCtrl, the project uses an artificial intelligence (AI) lie-detecting system fronted by a virtual border guard to quiz travellers seeking to cross borders.
Latvia remains among the most dangerous countries in Europe in terms of road accidents despite a decrease in road traffic deaths. The government has taken on measures in the hopes of to tackling the issue, such as imposing harsher sanctions against speeders and drunk drivers. Experts say, however, poor road surfacing quality is also to blame.