Architects of Nearly 70 Countries Interested in Creating the New airBaltic Terminal Concept

The Latvian national airline airBaltic has announced an international design contest in early August by inviting world’s architects to submit their ideas/concepts for the new terminal. Architects from 68 countries in all continents have shown interest in participating in the international contest.

Bertolt Flick, President and CEO of airBaltic: “According to Eurostat, Latvia was the only European Union country with growing aviation industry in 2009. The high interest of architects to create ideas for the new terminal clearly suggests that the achievements of Latvia in aviation are recognized at international level.”

The purpose of this international contest is to invite architects to create an innovative architectural and functional concept for the new terminal. The winning first stage design/concept would be used in a subsequent second stage with a view towards eventual delivery of the terminal complex. Architects are invited to create their concepts for a terminal with capacity of around 7-8 million annual passengers (14 million eventually) on a designated vacant site at Riga airport.

A jury of internationally recognized professionals, local dignitaries and airBaltic management will assess the submitted architectural design concepts at the end of September and award a cash prize of €100,000 to the selected winner.

The competition is being managed on behalf of airBaltic by Ove Arup and Partners, one of the world’s largest engineering firms, from their offices in London. Architects are invited to register their interest before Monday, 16th August 2010. The architectural design concepts or ideas will be accepted for this contest until September 20, and the jury will assess them by the end of September.

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AIR BALTIC CORPORATION (airBaltic) is a joint stock company that was established in 1995. The primary shareholders are the Latvian state, with 52.6% of stock, and SIA Baltijas aviācijas sistēmas, with 47.2% of stock. The airBaltic fleet consists of 33 aircraft – ten Boeing 737-500, eight Boeing 737-300, two Boeing 757-200, ten Fokker 50 airplanes and three Bombardier Q400Next Gen. airBaltic offers nonstop flights from three Baltic capital cities – Riga, Vilnius, and Tallinn. airBaltic received the title of Airline of the Year 2009/2010 (Gold Award) from the European Regions Airline Association. airBaltic is the winner of Air Transport World Phoenix Award 2010 – a global recognition of excellence in restructuring business. airBaltic was chosen for ANNIES Award as Europe's largest flag carrier by new routes.




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