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Spilve airport - main hall, Riga, Latvia
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Spilve Airport was first used as early as World War I. From 1937, regular commercial flights linked Spilve with Helsinki via Tallinn, Warsaw via Vilnius, Berlin and Moscow via Kaunas. After World War II it was rebuilt as the hub for Aeroflot (Soviet Airlines).  


The terminal building still remains as a notable example of Stalin's neoclassical architecture. The airfield was closed for regular flights in the late 1980s.

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Tags: airports; vēsture; spilves lidlauks; lidosta; soviet; architecture; history; riga; latvija
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