EUROCONTROL certifies LGS and Riga Airport readiness to apply A-CDM procedures

26 Nov 2021
EUROCONTROL certifies LGS and Riga Airport readiness to apply A-CDM procedures

EUROCONTROL certifies LGS and Riga Airport readiness to apply A-CDM procedures

State joint stock company “Latvijas gaisa satiksme” (LGS) and state joint stock company “International Airport “Riga”” (Riga Airport) have obtained a certificate from the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation (EUROCONTROL) attesting the successful development and implementation of A-CDM (Airport Collaborative Decision Making) procedures.

Riga Airport is the first and, for the time being, only airport in the Baltic States to use A-CDM procedures as of April of this year, and this has allowed it to improve its service quality and flight safety for air space users, as well as passengers. 

The A-CDM procedures were jointly introduced by LGS and Riga Airport. The procedures ensure timely exchange of accurate information between the airport operator, aircraft operators, ground handling services, air traffic controllers and other parties involved from flight planning until the aircraft lands on the runway. This allows to schedule take-offs with greater precision and reduce waiting times for passengers, reduce the cost of resources and fuel consumption caused by waiting times prior to take-off and while preparing the aircraft for the journey. Environmental and noise pollution are also reduced.

By implementing this major project, introducing the complex of operational procedures and automated processes, an A-CDM platform has been established at Riga Airport — appropriate computer hardware and software has been installed, communication resources have been purchased for airport services and other improvements have also been introduced. In turn, LGS has updated and integrated the relevant air traffic control equipment into its general platform.

“This certificate attests to the great work done by LGS and Riga Airport and demonstrates that modernisation of air traffic control systems is still implemented even during the Covid-19 pandemic. A significant increase in the number of flights is already being observed, and we are ready to work at a higher capacity while providing safe air traffic control services,” says Dāvids Tauriņš, Chairman of the Board at LGS.

In turn, Chair of the Board of Riga International Airport Laila Odiņa highlights: “Flight safety and security are the top priorities for Riga Airport, these are at the heart of all of our decisions, procedures and actions. By introducing the A-CDM system and now having obtained an official certificate for it, we are also implementing other objectives contained in our corporate strategy to update, simplify and efficiently organise operating procedures and reduce the consumption of various resources. We are proud to be the first in the Baltic region to have done this.”

The project was co-funded by the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).

About LGS

“Latvijas gaisa satiksme” is a state joint stock company providing air navigation services to all users of the air space in the Riga flight information region.

About Riga International Airport

Riga Airport is a rapidly growing air traffic hub in Northern Europe linking the Baltic States with European business centres and popular tourist destinations.


The European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA) is responsible for implementing the CEF and developing highly efficient, sustainable and inter-connected Trans-European networks in transport, energy and digital services, and promoting creation of synergies.