Latavio, the local Latvian branch of Aeroflot, provided air transportation during the time when Lavia was a part of Soviet Union. After the dissolution of Soviet Union in 1991 Latavio become a separate company. Latavio had 22 jet aircraft and 14 turboprops, according to Flight International. It employed about 550 people in 1995. Latavio was eventually shut down after a failed privatization attempt.