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
Serves Riga, Latvia
Location Mārupe municipality
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 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) 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[2] 5.4 NM (10.0 km; 6.2 mi) west[1] 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 2013, the airport served 4,793,213 passengers, a 0.5% increase from 2012. The airport handled 53,540 tonnes of cargo in 2013.

History[edit]

Development[edit]

The airport was built in 1973 as an alternative to Spilve Airport, which had become outdated.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.[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.

Future plans[edit]

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.[4]

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.[5] The airport has ILS CAT I.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Passenger[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Aeroflot Moscow-Sheremetyevo
airBaltic Aberdeen, Ålesund, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Bergen, Berlin-Tegel, Brussels, Bucharest-Henri Coandă, Budapest, Chişinău, Copenhagen, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Gothenburg-Landvetter, Hamburg, Helsinki, 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, Malta, Nice, Odessa, Olbia, Palma de Mallorca, Poprad/Tatry (begins 13 December 2014),[6] Rijeka, Tashkent, Varna, Venice-Marco Polo
Charter: Antalya, Burgas, Dalaman, Heraklion, Hurghada, Salzburg, Sharm el-Sheikh
Brussels Airlines Brussels (begins 26 October 2014)[7]
Belavia Minsk-National
Ellinair Seasonal: Thessaloniki
Seasonal charter: Corfu
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, Charleroi (resumes 26 October 2014), Cologne/Bonn (begins 28 October 2014), Dublin, East Midlands, Hahn, Glasgow-International (begins 1 November 2014), Leeds (resumes 26 October 2014), London-Stansted, Manchester, Moss/Rygge, Prestwick (ends 24 October 2014),[8] Weeze
SmartLynx Airlines Charter: Antalya, Bergamo, Bourgas, Heraklion, Hurghada, Monastir, Rijeka, Sharm el-Sheikh, Tenerife-South, Varna
Transaero Airlines Moscow-Vnukovo
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk
UTair Aviation Moscow-Vnukovo
Uzbekistan Airways New York-JFK, Tashkent
Wizz Air Barcelona, Beauvais, Bergen, Doncaster/Sheffield, Dortmund, Eindhoven, Liverpool (begins 24 April 2015), London-Luton, Lübeck (begins 22 April 2015), Sandefjord, Stavanger (begins 22 April 2015)

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, Larnaca, Leipzig/Halle, Lisbon, Malmö, Moscow-Vnukovo, Ostrava, Prague, Simferopol
Kalitta Air Bagram Airbase
SprintAir Warsaw-Chopin

Statistics[edit]

Passenger statistics[edit]

Two airBaltic Boeing 737s at Riga International Airport
An airBaltic Boeing 757-200 at Riga International Airport
Passengers at Riga International Airport (in thousands)
1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 (Aug)
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 3,256

Route statistics[edit]

Busiest routes from Riga (2013)[9]
Rank City Passengers Airlines
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
7 Tallinn, Estonia 196,514 airBaltic
8 Vilnius, Lithuania 182,135 airBaltic
9 Copenhagen, Denmark 138,998 airBaltic
10 Milan, Italy 134,205 airBaltic, Ryanair

Ground transportation[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

Other facilities[edit]

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. ^ Riga Airport Expansion Construction Bid Solicitation
  5. ^ New Riga Airport Terminal Plan
  6. ^ "airBaltic To Launch Riga – Poprad, Slovakia". Press releases. airBaltic. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  7. ^ http://www.brusselsairlines.com/en-be/corporate/press-room/detail.aspx?PRID=tcm:290-34456-16
  8. ^ https://www.bookryanair.com/SkySales/Booking.aspx?culture=de-de&lc=de-de#Select
  9. ^ [1]
  10. ^ "Contacts." Latvian Civil Aviation Agency. Retrieved on 19 January 2012. "Civil aviation agency Address: Airport "Riga", LV-1053, Latvia"

External links[edit]

Media related to Riga International Airport at Wikimedia Commons