Colonel Ojārs Dimitrijs Bērics

Aviation Projects Director

Dimitrijs is an experienced pilot who has accumulated over 12,000 hours flying time. He trained with the Soviet Airforce, and then became a pilot instructor for them. While he was with the Airforce, he flew MiG 21 fighter jets, helicopters, and L-39 trainer jets. Latvian by birth, Dimitrijs stayed in the Soviet Union for 11 years.

In 1991, he joined the Latvian Airforce and between 1997 to 2001 became their Commander in Chief before being promoted to Colonel in 2002.

After he left the armed forces, Dimitrijs began flying commercial airplanes with airBaltic. During that time, he piloted Airbus A220-300, Boeing 737, and Fokker 50 airplanes, amongst others. He then became airBaltic’s safety manager in charge of all safety operations. In 2022, he retired from the airline.

He now joins LibertyPlaces as Aviation Projects Director, with the ambition to connect the 52 islands in the Zanzibar archipelago by seaplane. He will also identify international opportunities to add more direct flights to Unguja, Zanzibar’s largest island.