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Murnieks to be appointed Riga Airport CEO

Aldis Murnieks. Photo: Edijs Palens/LETA.
 RIGA, Dec 3 - Transport Minister Aivis Ronis has decided to appoint Aldis Murnieks as the new chairman of the Riga International Airport's board, and wants Murnieks confirmed during the airport's shareholders meeting on December 10.
Murnieks, currently a member of the airport's board, has the necessary administrative experience for running the airport, plus he has been working in the aviation industry for a significant period of time.
The Riga Airport's shareholders meeting is also expected to reduce the number of airport's board members to five.
As reported, the shareholders of Riga International Airport decided on October 19 to release its former CEO Arnis Luhse, temporarily replacing him with the airport's board member Aldis Murnieks.
The Transport Ministry explained that Murnieks had been chosen as the airport's acting CEO due to his experience at Riga and Liepaja airports.
Murnieks told "Nozare.lv" that the airport would continue to work in compliance with its priorities - cooperation with the nationa lairline "airBaltic", successful implementation of the airport's reconstruction project and attraction of new destinations.
LETA also reported, on October 12 Ronis informed Luhse that he had lost confidence in the airport's CEO. Luhse was unable to develop constructive cooperation with the national airline "airBaltic", the airport failed to attract new carriers or offer passengers flights to new destinations. Its reconstruction process is behind schedule.
At the moment, the airport's board consists of five members - Murnieks, Ilona Lice, Andis Damlics, Antra Duntava and Kaspars Ozolins.
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