Riga International Airport
|Riga International Airport
Starptautiskā lidosta “Rīga”
|IATA: RIX – ICAO: EVRA|
|Owner||Government of Latvia|
|Elevation AMSL||36 ft / 11 m|
Riga International Airport (Latvian: Starptautiskā lidosta “Rīga”; IATA: RIX, ICAO: EVRA) is the international airport of Riga, the capital of Latvia, and the largest airport in the Baltic states with direct flights to over 80 destinations in 30 countries. It serves as a hub for airBaltic, SmartLynx Airlines, RAF-Avia, Vip Avia and Inversija and as one of the base airports for Wizz Air. Latvian national air carrier airBaltic at the biggest in the airport, with Ryanair being the second largest.
The airport is located in the Mārupe municipality 5.4 NM (10.0 km; 6.2 mi) west of Riga and 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. In 2014, the airport served 4,814,073 passengers, a 0.4% increase from 2013. The airport handled 32,984 tonnes of cargo in 2014.
The airport was built in 1973 as an alternative to Spilve Airport, which had become outdated.
Renovation and modernization of the airport was completed in 2001, coinciding with the 800th anniversary of the founding of the city.
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. 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 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.
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. The airport has ILS CAT I.
Airlines and destinations
operated by EAT Leipzig
|RAF-Avia||Aalborg, Amsterdam, Ankara, Copenhagen, Birmingham Airport, Coventry, East Midland/Nottingham, Helsinki, Innsbruck, Istanbul-Atatürk, Kiev-Boryspil, Larnaca, Leipzig/Halle, Lisbon, Malmö, Moscow-Vnukovo, Ostrava, Prague, Simferopol|
|Kalitta Air||Bagram Airbase|
|1||Moscow, Russia||410,027||Aeroflot, airBaltic, Transaero Airlines, UTair Aviation|
|2||London, United Kingdom||390,251||airBaltic, Ryanair, Wizz Air|
|3||Frankfurt, Germany||272,331||airBaltic, Lufthansa, Ryanair|
|4||Oslo, Norway||243,893||airBaltic, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Ryanair, Wizz Air|
|5||Helsinki, Finland||233,843||airBaltic, Finnair|
|6||Stockholm, Sweden||206,100||airBaltic, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Ryanair|
|10||Milan, Italy||134,205||airBaltic, Ryanair|
- 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.
- The airport also has 3 car parks, with ~1500 parking spaces, offering short- and long-term parking.
- Three main taxi companies operate from Riga Airport.
- The airport and European route E22 are connected by highway P133.
- AirBaltic has its head office on the property of Riga Airport.
- The Latvian Civil Aviation Agency also has its head office at Riga Airport.
- List of the busiest airports in Europe
- List of largest airports in the Baltic states
- List of the busiest airports in the former USSR
- List of airports in Latvia
- Transportation in Latvia
- Rīgas Satiksme (Riga Public Transport)
- EAD Basic
- "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"
- Riga Airport Plan
- Riga Airport Expansion Construction Bid Solicitation
- New Riga Airport Terminal Plan
- L, J (8 December 2014). "Ukraine International Airlines Adds Riga Service in S15". Airline Route. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
- "WIZZ AIR DOUBLES CAPACITY AT RIGA BASE". Wizz Air. 6 August 2014.
- "Contacts." Latvian Civil Aviation Agency. Retrieved on 19 January 2012. "Civil aviation agency Address: Airport "Riga", LV-1053, Latvia"
Media related to Riga International Airport at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website
- RIX Marks the Spot for Expansion
- Current weather for EVRA at NOAA/NWS
- Accident history for RIX at Aviation Safety Network