Riga International Airport

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Riga International Airport
Starptautiskā lidosta “Rīga”
RIX Logo.svg
Riga Airport.JPG
IATA: RIXICAO: EVRA
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Government of Latvia
(Joint stock company)
Serves Riga
Location Mārupe municipality, Latvia
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 36 ft / 11 m
Coordinates 56°55′25″N 023°58′16″E / 56.92361°N 23.97111°E / 56.92361; 23.97111Coordinates: 56°55′25″N 023°58′16″E / 56.92361°N 23.97111°E / 56.92361; 23.97111
Website www.riga-airport.com
Map
RIX is located in Latvia
RIX
RIX
Location of the airport by Riga
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
18/36 3,200 10,500 Concrete/Asphalt
Statistics (2013)
Number of Passengers 4,793,213
Source (excluding statistics): AIP at EUROCONTROL[1]

Riga International Airport (Latvian: Starptautiskā lidosta “Rīga”; IATA: RIXICAO: EVRA) was built in 1973 as an alternative to Spilve Airport, which had become outdated. It is in Mārupe municipality,[2] 5.4 NM (10.0 km; 6.2 mi) west[1] of Riga, the capital of Latvia. It is the largest airport in the Baltic states and has direct flights to over 80 destinations in 30 countries including a nonstop transatlantic flight to New York operated by Uzbekistan Airlines year-round. Renovation and modernization of the airport was completed in 2001, coinciding with the 800th anniversary of the founding of the city. The airport is a state-owned joint-stock company, with the owner of all shares being the government of Latvia. The holder of the state capital share is Latvia's Ministry of Transport. Riga International Airport is a hub for airBaltic, SmartLynx Airlines, RAF-Avia, Vip Avia and Inversija airlines and one of the base airports for Wizz Air.

In 2006, the new north terminal extension was opened. The airport has three terminals: A & C for non-Schengen, and B for Schengen departures. Arrivals 1, in terminal A, handles the Schengen arrivals, while Arrivals 2, in terminal C, handles the non-Schengen arrivals.[3] A maintenance, repair and overhaul facility was opened in the autumn of 2006, to be run as a joint venture between two local companies: Concors and SR-Technik.

The magazine GatewayRiga is available for visitors and passengers travelling through Riga airport. It has information on new airlines serving Riga, new destinations and routes, and other information about the airport itself and surrounding facilities. It is published three times per year by SIA Check-In Media.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

airBaltic planes at Riga airport
airBaltic Boeing 757 takes off from RWY36 at Riga airport
Terminal plan
Passport stamp

Passenger[edit]

The following airlines have scheduled and charter services to Riga International Airport (as of March 2014):

Airlines Destinations
Aeroflot Moscow-Sheremetyevo
airBaltic Aberdeen, Ålesund, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Bergen, Berlin-Tegel, Brussels, Bucharest-Henri Coandă (begins 3 June 2014),[4] Budapest, Chişinău, Copenhagen, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Gothenburg-Landvetter, Hamburg, Helsinki, Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen, Kaliningrad, Kiev-Boryspil, Larnaca, London-Gatwick, Milan-Malpensa, Minsk-National, Moscow-Domodedovo, Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Munich, Oslo-Gardermoen, Palanga, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Prague, Rome-Fiumicino, Saint Petersburg, Stavanger, Stockholm-Arlanda, Tallinn, Tbilisi, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion, Turku, Vilnius, Vienna, Warsaw-Chopin, Zurich
Seasonal: Athens, Abu Dhabi, Baku, Bari, Burgas (begins 25 May 2014),[5] Malta,[6] Nice, Odessa, Olbia, Palma de Mallorca (begins 1 June 2014),[7] Poprad (begins 13 December 2014),[8] Rijeka, Tashkent, Varna (begins 24 June 2014),[9] Venice-Marco Polo
Charter: Antalya, Burgas, Dalaman, Heraklion, Hurghada, Salzburg, Sharm el-Sheikh
Belavia Minsk-National
Finnair
operated by Flybe Nordic
Helsinki
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw-Chopin
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Norwegian Air Shuttle Copenhagen, Oslo-Gardermoen, Trondheim, Stockholm-Arlanda
Ryanair Bergamo, Bremen, Cologne/Bonn (begins 28 October 2014), Dublin, East Midlands, Hahn, London-Stansted, Manchester, Moss/Rygge, Prestwick, Weeze
SmartLynx Airlines Charter: Antalya, Bergamo, Bourgas, Heraklion, Hurghada, Monastir, Rijeka, Sharm el-Sheikh, Tenerife-South, Varna
Transaero Airlines Moscow-Vnukovo
Turkmenistan Airlines Ashgabat
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk
UTair Aviation Moscow-Vnukovo
UTair-Ukraine Kiev-Zhuliany
Uzbekistan Airways New York-JFK, Tashkent
Wizz Air Barcelona (begins 22 June 2014), Beauvais (begins 19 June 2014), Bergen, Doncaster/Sheffield (begins 20 June 2014), Dortmund (begins 3 September 2014), Eindhoven, London-Luton, Sandefjord

Cargo[edit]

Airlines Destinations
DHL Aviation
operated by EAT Leipzig
Leipzig/Halle
RAF-Avia Aalborg, Amsterdam, Ankara, Copenhagen, Birmingham Airport, Coventry, East Midland/Nottingham, Helsinki, Innsbruck, Istanbul-Atatürk, Kiev-Boryspil, Laranca, Leipzig/Halle, Lisbon, Malmö, Moscow-Vnukovo, Ostrava, Prague, Simferopol
Kalitta Air Bagram Airbase
SprintAir Warsaw-Chopin

Other facilities[edit]

AirBaltic has its head office on the property of Riga Airport.[2] The Latvian Civil Aviation Agency has its head office at Riga Airport.[10]

Traffic statistics[edit]

Riga International Airport is one of three notable airports in Latvia. The other two are Liepāja International Airport and Ventspils Airport. Latvian national air carrier airBaltic is the biggest in the airport, with Ryanair being the second largest. In 2013, the airport served 4,793,213 passengers, a 0.5% increase from 2012.

Passengers at Riga International Airport (x 1000)
1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 (Mar)
310 398 504 506 535 555 562 574 623 633 712 1 060 1 878 2 495 3 161 3 691 4 066 4 664 5 107 4 768 4 793 918
Busiest Routes from Riga (2013) [11]
Rank City Passengers Airlines
1 Russia Moscow, Russia 410,027 Aeroflot, airBaltic, Transaero Airlines, UTair Aviation
2 United Kingdom London, United Kingdom 390,251 airBaltic, Ryanair, Wizz Air
3 Germany Frankfurt, Germany 272,331 airBaltic, Lufthansa, Ryanair
4 Norway Oslo, Norway 243,893 airBaltic, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Ryanair, Wizz Air
5 Finland Helsinki, Finland 233,843 airBaltic, Finnair
6 Sweden Stockholm, Sweden 206,100 airBaltic, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Ryanair
7 Estonia Tallinn, Estonia 196,514 airBaltic
8 Lithuania Vilnius, Lithuania 182,135 airBaltic
9 Denmark Copenhagen, Denmark 138,998 airBaltic
10 Italy Milan, Italy 134,205 airBaltic, Ryanair

Busiest airports by passenger traffic in the Baltic States

Country Airport 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001
 Latvia Riga Airport 4,793,045 4,767,764 5,106,692 4,663,647 4,066,854 3,690,549 3,160,945 2,495,020 1,878,035 1,060,426 711,753 633,322 622,647
 Lithuania Vilnius Airport 2,661,869 2,208,096 1,712,467 1,373,859 1,308,632 2,048,439 1,717,222 1,451,468 1,281,872 964,164 719,850 634,991 584,171
 Estonia Tallinn Airport 1,958,801 2,206,791 1,913,172 1,384,831 1,346,236 1,811,536 1,728,430 1,541,832 1,401,059 997,941 715,859 605,697 573,493
 Lithuania Kaunas Airport 695,509 830,268 872,618 809,732 456,698 410,165 390,881 248,228 77,350 27,113 21,732 19,891 20,137
 Lithuania Palanga Airport 127,890 128,169 111,133 102,528 104,600 101,586 93,379 110,828 94,000 76,020 46,666 45,971 45,660

Ground transport[edit]

  • Bus
    • Bus route #22, operated by Rīgas Satiksme, runs between Riga city centre and the airport.
    • airBaltic in cooperation with Radisson Hotel Latvia offers a shuttle bus service – Airport Express. The bus operates between Riga airport and the Radisson Hotel Latvia, (in the city centre).
    • There are international bus connections from the airport to cities in Estonia, Lithuania, Poland and Russia. Additional information on bus routes and schedules may be found at the airport information centre.
    • Groups visiting Latvia for the purpose of entertainment have partybuses at their disposal.
  • Parking
    • The airport also has 3 car parks, with ~1500 parking spaces, offering short- and long-term parking.
  • Taxi
    • Three main taxi companies operate from Riga Airport.
  • Motorway

Plans[edit]

View of the Riga International Airport's airfield at the waiting room.

The Latvian government plans to build another terminal capable of handling 20 million passengers a year. The first part of this project began in 2008. Plans include new hotels, a business park, a second pier, new parking, a second runway, a new control tower, a new high-speed tram link or railway to the city centre, and a new check-in hall. The airport is currently soliciting bids for airport expansion that encompasses, as the first stage, a construction of a new (fourth) terminal with 23 gates facing north, and in the second stage, seamlessly joining the current airport terminals with the new terminal in a unified architectural entity.[12]

As the Latvian government may be backing out of the state-financed plan to build the 20 million passenger capable terminal, airBaltic is now planning, by 2014, to build for its own exclusive use a second terminal which can handle 40 planes and 5000 passengers per hour, equivalent to about 7.5 million passengers per year, located next to the current terminal, while leaving the current terminal (planned capacity of 2.5 million passengers per year, but easily capable of handling twice as many at good service levels) for all other airlines to use. There will be also an additional entry to/exit from the runway, to minimize delays and maximize airport capacity, as total passenger traffic is expected to exceed 10 million per year by 2014.[13] The airport has ILS CAT I.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b EAD Basic
  2. ^ a b "airBaltic in Riga." AirBaltic. Retrieved on 16 January 2010. "Air Baltic Corporation AS Registration number: 40003245752 ADMINISTRATION RIGA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT Marupes county, LV-1053, Latvia"
  3. ^ Riga Airport Plan
  4. ^ "airBaltic to Launch Riga – Bucharest, Romania". airBaltic. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  5. ^ J, L (13 March 2014). "airBaltic Adds Bourgas / Varna Seasonal Service in Summer 2014". Airline Route. Retrieved 13 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "airBaltic to Launch Riga- Malta". Press releases. airBaltic. Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "New Riga- Mallorca flight to launch". BALTIC NEWS. 23 January 2014. Retrieved 23 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "airBaltic To Launch Riga – Poprad, Slovakia". Press releases. airBaltic. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  9. ^ "airBaltic to Launch Riga – Varna, Bulgaria". Press releases. airBaltic. Retrieved 11 March 2014. 
  10. ^ "Contacts." Latvian Civil Aviation Agency. Retrieved on 19 January 2012. "Civil aviation agency Address: Airport "Riga", LV-1053, Latvia"
  11. ^ [1]
  12. ^ Riga Airport Expansion Construction Bid Solicitation
  13. ^ New Riga Airport Terminal Plan

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