Riga International Airport

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Riga International Airport
Starptautiskā lidosta “Rīga”
RIX Logo.svg
Riga Airport.JPG
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
RIX is located in Latvia
Location of the airport by Riga
Direction Length Surface
m ft
18/36 3,200 10,500 Concrete/Asphalt
Statistics (2014)
Number of Passengers 4,814,073
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 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The airport was built in 1973 as an alternative to Spilve Airport, which had become outdated.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.[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 airport has ILS CAT II.[4]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations
Aeroflot Moscow-Sheremetyevo
airBaltic Aalborg (begins 18 April 2015), Ålesund, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin-Tegel, Billund, Brussels, Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Helsinki, Kiev-Boryspil, Larnaca, London-Gatwick, Milan-Malpensa, Minsk-National, Moscow-Domodedovo, Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Moscow-Vnukovo, Munich, Oslo-Gardermoen, Palanga, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Prague, Rome-Fiumicino, Saint Petersburg, Stavanger, Stockholm-Arlanda, Tallinn, Tbilisi, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion, Turku, Vienna, Vilnius, Warsaw-Chopin, Zürich
Seasonal: Athens, Baku, Bari, Burgas, Chişinău, Dubrovnik (begins 26 May 2015),[5] Gothenburg-Landvetter, Malta, Nice, Odessa, Olbia, Palma de Mallorca, Pisa (begins 13 June 2015), Poprad, Rhodes (begins 12 June 2015),[5] Rijeka, Tashkent, Thessaloniki (begins 5 June 2015),[6] Varna, Venice-Marco Polo
Charter: Antalya, Burgas, Dalaman, Heraklion, Hurghada, Salzburg, Sharm el-Sheikh
Brussels Airlines Brussels
Belavia Minsk-National
Ellinair Seasonal: Thessaloniki
Seasonal charter: Corfu
operated by Flybe Nordic
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw-Chopin
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Norwegian Air Shuttle Copenhagen, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda, Trondheim
Ryanair Bergamo, Bremen, Charleroi, Cologne/Bonn, Dublin, East Midlands, Glasgow, Hahn, Leeds/Bradford, London-Stansted, Manchester, Moss, Weeze
Scandinavian Airlines Stockholm-Arlanda (begins 29 March 2015)[7]
SmartLynx Airlines Charter: Antalya, Bergamo, Bourgas, Heraklion, Hurghada, Monastir, Rijeka, Sharm el-Sheikh, Tenerife-South, Varna
Swiss International Air Lines Zürich (begins 31 March 2015)[8]
Transaero Airlines Moscow-Vnukovo
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk
Turkmenistan Airlines Ashgabat
Ukraine International Airlines Kiev-Boryspil (begins 30 March 2015)[9]
Uzbekistan Airways New York-JFK, Tashkent
Wizz Air Barcelona, Beauvais, Bergen, Doncaster/Sheffield, Dortmund, Eindhoven, Liverpool (begins 24 April 2015),[10] London-Luton, Lübeck (begins 22 April 2015),[10] Sandefjord, Stavanger (begins 22 April 2015) [10]


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


Passenger statistics[edit]

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
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 4,814

Route statistics[edit]

Two airBaltic Boeing 737s at Riga International Airport
An airBaltic Boeing 757-200 at Riga International Airport
Busiest routes from Riga (2013)[11]
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, Germany, Russia and Belarus. 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
    • Two main taxi companies operate from Riga Airport.
  • Motorway

Other facilities[edit]

See also[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. ^ [1]
  5. ^ a b http://airlineroute.net/2014/12/03/bt-dbvrho-s15/
  6. ^ http://www.airbaltic.com/en/new-destinations
  7. ^ http://www.swedavia.com/arlanda/about-stockholm-arlanda-airport-/about-stockholm-arlanda-airport/news/sas-launches-new-route-to-riga/
  8. ^ http://airlineroute.net/2014/10/07/lx-europe-s15update2/
  9. ^ L, J (8 December 2014). "Ukraine International Airlines Adds Riga Service in S15". Airline Route. Retrieved 8 December 2014. 
  10. ^ a b c "WIZZ AIR DOUBLES CAPACITY AT RIGA BASE". Wizz Air. 6 August 2014. 
  11. ^ [2]
  12. ^ "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