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Riga International Airport

Starptautiskā lidosta "Rīga"
RIX Logo.svg
Riga Airport 2016.jpg
Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerGovernment of Latvia
OperatorTAV Airports
ServesRiga, Latvia
LocationMārupe Municipality
Hub for
Elevation AMSL36 ft / 11 m
Coordinates56°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
Websiteriga-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 (2017)
Number of Passengers6,097,765
Aircraft movements74,839
Source (excluding statistics): AIP at EUROCONTROL

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 100 destinations in 30 countries. It serves as a hub for airBaltic, SmartLynx Airlines, RAF-Avia and as one of the base airports for Wizz Air. The Latvian national carrier airBaltic is the biggest in the airport, followed by Ryanair.

The airport is located in the Mārupe Municipality 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. AirBaltic and the Latvian Civil Aviation Agency both maintain their head offices at Riga International Airport.[1]

History[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The airport was built in 1973 as an alternative to Spilve Airport, which had become outdated.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 and 2016, the new north terminal extensions were opened. The airport has three terminals: A & B for Schengen and C for both Schengen and non-Schengen departures. Arrivals 1, in terminal A, handles the Schengen arrivals, while Arrivals 2, in terminal C, handles the non-Schengen arrivals.[2] 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.[3] In 2010, the first dedicated business aviation terminal of the Baltics opened at the airport.[4]

The airport is owned by the Republic of Latvia via the Ministry of Transport of the Republic of Latvia.[5]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights to and from Riga:[6]

Passenger[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
Aeroflot Moscow–Sheremetyevo
airBaltic Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin–Tegel, Billund, Brussels, Budapest, Copenhagen, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva, Gothenburg, Hamburg, Helsinki, Kaliningrad, Kiev–Boryspil, Larnaca, Liepāja, Lisbon, London–Gatwick, Lviv (begins 1 April 2019),[7] Madrid, Málaga, Milan–Malpensa, Minsk, Moscow–Sheremetyevo, Munich, Nice, Oslo–Gardermoen, Palanga, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Prague, Rome–Fiumicino, Saint Petersburg, Stockholm–Arlanda, Tallinn, Tampere, Tbilisi, Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion, Turku, Vienna, Vilnius, Warsaw–Chopin, Zürich
Seasonal: Aberdeen, Abu Dhabi, Almaty, Athens, Bordeaux, Baku, Catania, Dubrovnik, Gdańsk, Kazan, Malta, Odessa, Olbia, Palma de Mallorca, Poprad–Tatry, Reykjavík–Keflavík, Rhodes, Rijeka, Salzburg, Split, Sochi, Stavanger, Stuttgart (begins 31 March 2019), Thessaloniki, Venice, Verona
Seasonal charter: Ancona,[8] Antalya,[8] Burgas,[8] Heraklion,[8] Patras[8]
Belavia Minsk
Corendon Airlines Seasonal charter: Antalya[9]
Ellinair Seasonal: Thessaloniki
Seasonal charter: Corfu, Heraklion
Finnair Helsinki
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw–Chopin
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Norwegian Air Shuttle Copenhagen, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm–Arlanda, Trondheim
Seasonal: Bergen
Ryanair Bergamo, Berlin–Schönefeld, Bremen (ends 29 March 2019),[10] Charleroi, Cologne/Bonn, Dublin, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Hahn, Leeds/Bradford, London–Stansted, Malta, Manchester, Paphos, Prague (begins 2 April 2019)[11]
Seasonal: Burgas, Eindhoven, Girona
Scandinavian Airlines Stockholm–Arlanda
SmartLynx Airlines Seasonal charter: Antalya,[12] Bergamo,[12] Burgas,[12] Corfu,[12] Djerba (begins 26 April 2019),[12] Enfidha (begins 17 May 2019),[12] Funchal,[12] Heraklion,[12] Lanzarote,[12] Lyon,[12] Rhodes,[12] Tenerife–South,[12] Varna[12]
Turkish AirlinesIstanbul–Atatürk (ends 31 December 2018),[13] Istanbul–Havalimanı (begins 1 January 2019)[13]
Ukraine International Airlines Kiev–Boryspil
Utair Moscow–Vnukovo
Uzbekistan Airways Tashkent
Wizz Air Barcelona, Bari, Bergen, Doncaster/Sheffield, Dortmund, Eindhoven, Kiev-Zhuliany (begins 2 March 2019),[14] Kutaisi, London–Luton, Reykjavík–Keflavík, Sandefjord, Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion
Seasonal: Eilat–Ovda

Cargo[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
ASL Airlines Belgium Vilnius
DHL Aviation Vilnius
SprintAir Vilnius
Turkish Cargo Seasonal: Prague, Istanbul–Atatürk

Statistics[edit]

Route statistics[edit]

Busiest routes from Riga (2017)[15]
Rank City Passengers Airlines
1 United Kingdom London 579,288 airBaltic, Ryanair, Wizz Air
2 Russia Moscow 493,919 Aeroflot, airBaltic, RusLine, Utair
3 Germany Frankfurt 286,595 airBaltic, Lufthansa, Ryanair
4 Finland Helsinki 286,595 airBaltic, Finnair
5 Norway Oslo 268,302 airBaltic, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Wizz Air
6 Sweden Stockholm 250,008 airBaltic, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian
7 Germany Berlin 243,911 airBaltic, Ryanair
8 Estonia Tallinn 219,520 airBaltic
9 Denmark Copenhagen 201,226 airBaltic, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian
10 Ukraine Kiev 170,737 airBaltic, Ukraine International Airlines

Annual passenger numbers at Riga Airport (millions)[edit]

Update: January - October, 2018

Ground transportation[edit]

Check-in
Bus stop at Riga Airport

Bus[edit]

Riga Airport is accessible by bus line 22, operated by Rīgas Satiksme, which runs between Riga city centre and the airport. Moreover, there are international bus connections from the airport to cities in Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Germany, Russia and Belarus.

Car[edit]

Riga Airport can be reached by car via the highway P133 which connects the airport with European route E22. The airport has 3 car parking areas, with ~1500 parking spaces, offering both short- and long-term parking.

Rail[edit]

An airport train station is included as part of the Rail Baltica project. A contract for construction design was signed on 20 March 2018.[16]

Incidents and accidents[edit]

  • On 17 September 2016 an airBaltic Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 NextGen aircraft made an emergency landing on the runway of Riga International Airport without its nose landing gear deployed. The plane was carrying 63 passengers and 4 crewmembers and was forced to return to Riga International Airport following issues with its front chassis. The runway was closed between 10:26 and 15:55 as a safety precaution following an emergency landing. Seven inbound flights and four outbound flights were cancelled, 17 flights were diverted to Tallinn Airport and Kaunas Airport and others were delayed. The aircraft involved was YL-BAI and the flight BT 641 was scheduled to fly from Riga to Zürich Airport. No injuries were reported.[17][18][19]
  • On 17 February 2017 a VIM Airlines charter flight to Ufa, Russia slid off the runway during take-off. The plane was carrying 40 passengers and 7 crew members. No injuries were reported. The aircraft's engine was damaged as it hit airport equipment. The runway was inspected and closed for three hours after incident. Flights were diverted to Tallinn Airport and Kaunas Airport and others were delayed.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Contacts." Latvian Civil Aviation Agency. Retrieved on 19 January 2012. "Civil aviation agency Address: Airport "Riga", LV-1053, Latvia"
  2. ^ "Terminal and territory plan". riga-airport.com. Riga International Airport. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Operational Facilities". Retrieved 3 June 2015.
  4. ^ "Russia invests in Riga Airport". www.baltictimes.com. Retrieved 2017-12-03.
  5. ^ "Airport at a glance". Riga Airport Website.
  6. ^ riga-airport.com - Flight schedules retrieved 16 October 2016
  7. ^ "Flights to Lviv, Ukraine with airBaltic". www.airbaltic.com. airBaltic. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  8. ^ a b c d e "airBaltic to operate charter flights for Tez Tour Latvija". worldairlinenews.com. Retrieved 2018-05-30.
  9. ^ "My Flight". smartlynx.aero.
  10. ^ "Ryanair veröffentlicht Sommerflugplan für Bremen". Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  11. ^ "Ryanair Launches Record Prague Summer 19 Schedule". Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Novaturas Flights en". Novaturas flights.
  13. ^ a b "Turkish Airlines to fully move to Istanbul New in late 4Q18". ch-aviation.com. 16 October 2018. Retrieved 2018-10-16.
  14. ^ Aviation24.be. "Further expansion for Wizz Air in Ukraine (from Summer 2019)".
  15. ^ "Statistics" (PDF). www.riga-airport.com. 2017.
  16. ^ "Riga Airport rail station contract signed". LSM. 21 March 2018. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  17. ^ "airBaltic flight makes emergency landing at Riga airport". The Baltic Course. 17 September 2016. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  18. ^ "17 flights diverted today due to closed runway at Riga Airport". The Baltic Times. 17 September 2016. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  19. ^ "Incidents ar 'airBaltic' lidmašīnu ietekmējis 1341 kompānijas pasažieri" (in Latvian). www.delfi.lv. 17 September 2016. Retrieved 21 September 2016.

External links[edit]

Media related to Riga International Airport at Wikimedia Commons