Riga Aviation Forum is a high-level aviation business conference that focuses on opportunities and challenges of aviation in the Baltics 


Riga Aviation Forum brings together European and Baltic aviation stakeholders, leaders, experts and scholars from various areas of aviation. The Baltic aviation leaders at RAF discuss the strategic development of the industry in the region, while the leaders of industry’s leading companies outline the solutions offered by the industry to today’s challenges, focusing on the innovation and efficiency on the way to sustainable and climate-neutral aviation.


The conference also focuses on the future innovations of aviation, multimodality, the creation of a new urban environment around air hubs and the challenges of urban mobility.


Riga Aviation Forum 2024 will take place on

October 3, 2024

Venue: ATTA Centre, Krasta Street 60, Riga, Latvia

This year, at the most significant industry forum in the Baltics, leaders of major companies, experts, stakeholders and decision-makers will give their key-notes and meet in panel discussions and hard-talks to discuss current issues and trends in the aviation sector in the Baltics, Europe, and worldwide, the possible scenarios of the future of aviation in a net-zero-carbon world, the unique dynamics of air freight in the Baltic countries, the crucial intersection of employment and education within aviation, the transformation of airports from air transportation hubs to new-generation socio-economic centers and the development and challenges of ground handling in the region.

As part of the forum, this year we also will celebrate a special event – the 50th anniversary of RIX Riga Airport.

Additionally, at RAF 2024 EXPO, leading companies in the industry will showcase their offerings, services, and innovations.


The participation in Riga Aviation Forum is free of charge.

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8:30 - 9:00
Registration, coffee, networking
9:00 - 12:00

Main Session

9:00 - 9:10
Mr. Zigmars Vestfals, CEO of Latvian Aviation Association. Opening Adresse
9:10 - 9:20
Mr. Kaspars Briskens, Minister of Transport of Latvia. Welcome Adresse
9:20 - 9:40
Mr. Serkan Kaptan, Board Member at ACI Europe & CEO at TAV Airports
9:40 – 10:00
Mrs. Catrin Mattsson, Area Manager for the Nordic and Baltic region at IATA
10:00 - 10:20
Representative from Eurocontrol (tbc)
10:20 - 10:50

Keynote Interview 

Mr. Martin Gauss, CEO of airBaltic vs Richard Maslen, Head of Analysis, CAPA
10:50 - 11:20

Hard Talk: The future of aviation in a net-zero-carbon world: possible scenarios

Participants (tbc):
  • Mr. Juriaan Kellermann, CEO at Fokker Next Gen
  • Mr. Hervé Morvan, Chief of Future Platforms at Rolls Royce
  • Mr. Ivan Berazhny, Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, Finland
11:20 - 12:00

Coffee break

Opening of RAF 2024 EXPO, networking  
  • Enjoy with 
12:00 - 13:00

Runway to Success: RIX Riga Airport 50th Anniversary Celebration

  • Mr. Kaspars Briskens, Ministry of Transport of Latvia
  • Mr. Juris Kanels, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of RIX Riga Airport
  • Mrs. Laila Odina, CEO of RIX Riga Airport: RIX Riga Airport: 50 Years of Development
  • Rewarding Ceremony for Airport Partners and Employees
  • First-Day-of-Issue of RIX50 Special Edition Postmark
13:00 - 14:00



CEO’s Talk: NextGen Airports: From Air Traffic Hubs to New-Quality Socio-Economic Centers

  • Moderator
  • David Feldman, Managing Partner at Exambela
  • Participiants
  • Mrs. Laila Odina, CEO at RIX Riga Airport
  • Mr. Riivo Tuvike, CEO at Tallinn Airport
  • Mr. Simonas Bartkus, CEO at Lithuanian Airports
  • Mrs. Meiltje de Groot, CEO at Groningen Airport Eelde, Chairman of the Dutch Association of Airports
15:00 - 16:00

Hard Talk: Baltic Complementarity as Basis for Competitiveness: Challenges and Solutions

Participants (tbc)
  • Mr. Arturs Kokars, Director of Aviation Department of Ministry of Transport of Latvia 
  • Mrs. Orijana Mašale, Chairperson of the Board of Civil Aviation Association (CAVIA) of Lithuania
  • Mr. Jaan Tamm, General Manager of Estonian Aviation Cluster
16:00 - 16:20

Coffee break

  • Powered by
16:20 - 17:10

Panel Discussions

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In an industry where innovation meets expertise, this discussion serves as a platform to explore the crucial intersection of employment and education within aviation. From discussing emerging trends in workforce development to addressing the evolving skill sets required in this dynamic field, our aim is to foster dialogue and collaboration among industry professionals, educators, and policymakers.
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In this session, we'll delve into the unique dynamics of air freight in the Baltic countries. From navigating regulatory hurdles to leveraging innovative technologies, our goal is to foster collaboration and find solutions to enhance efficiency and resilience in the Baltic air cargo industry. Join us for insightful discussions and explore opportunities for growth and optimization in this vital sector.
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Join us for an in-depth discussion on reducing the environmental impact of Ground Support Equipment (GSE) in aviation to explore strategies for making airport ground operations more sustainable and safe. We will cover the transition to electric and hydrogen fuel cell powered GSE, enhancing energy efficiency, using eco-friendly materials, streamlining operations to save fuel, utilizing renewable energy solutions for charging and faster refuelling, and the importance of regular maintenance and upgrades.

Speakers 2024

European and Baltic aviation stakeholders, leaders, experts - the list of speakers is growing. Stay tuned for updates!

  • Catrin Mattsson

    Catrin Mattsson

    Area Manager for the Nordic and Baltic region at IATA

  • Juriaan Kellermann

    Juriaan Kellermann

    CEO at Fokker Next Gen

  • Serkan Kaptan

    Serkan Kaptan

    Board member at ACI Europe & CEO at TAV Airports

  • Hervé Morvan

    Hervé Morvan

    Chief of Future Platforms at Rolls Royce

  • Arturs Kokars

    Arturs Kokars

    Director of the Aviation Department of the Ministry of Transport of Latvia

  • Martin Gauss

    Martin Gauss

    CEO & President at airBaltic

  • Laila Odina

    Laila Odina

    CEO at RIX Riga Airport

  • Simonas Bartkus

    Simonas Bartkus

    CEO at Lithuanian Airports

  • Riivo Tuvike

    Riivo Tuvike

    CEO at Tallinn Airport

  • Meiltje De Groot

    Meiltje De Groot

    CEO at Groningen Airport Eelde & Chairman at the Dutch Association of Airports

  • Mete Erna

    Mete Erna

    CEO at Havas

  • Zigmars Vestfals

    Zigmars Vestfals

    CEO at Latvian Aviation Association

  • Jaan Tamm

    Jaan Tamm

    General Manager at Estonian Aviation Cluster

  • Orijana Masale

    Orijana Masale

    Chairperson of the Board at Civil Aviation Association (CAVIA) of Lithuania

  • Ivars Pavasars

    Ivars Pavasars

    Head of RIX Academy

  • Kristaps Lapsa

    Kristaps Lapsa

    General Manager at airBaltic Training

  • Ivan Berazhny

    Senior Lecturer at Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences

  • Arvids Maurans

    Manager at Baltic Cargo Center

  • Ilmars Blumbergs

    Leading Researcer at RTU Institute of Aeronautics

  • Indrek Nõlvak

    Indrek Nõlvak

    Board Member/Director of Apron Service at AS Tallinn Airport GH

  • Deimantė Žilinskienė

    Deimantė Žilinskienė

    Director of the Business Innovation and Communication School at Kazimieras Simonavicius University (KSU), Board Member at the National Aviation Association (LAVIA), Lecturer

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