Riga International Airport

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Riga International Airport
Starptautiskā lidosta "Rīga"
RIX Logo.svg
Riga Airport 2016.jpg
Airport type Public
Owner Government of Latvia
Operator TAV Airports
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 (2016)
Number of Passengers 5,400,243
Aircraft movements 68,061
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 90 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 carrier airBaltic is the biggest in the airport, followed by Ryanair.

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.


The airport was built in 1973 as an alternative to Spilve Airport, which had become outdated.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

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]

Airlines Destinations
Aegean Airlines Seasonal: Athens
Aeroflot Moscow–Sheremetyevo
airBaltic Abu Dhabi (resumes 29 October 2017), Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin–Tegel, Billund, Brussels, Budapest, Copenhagen, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva (resumes 4 May 2017), Gothenburg (resumes 1 June 2017), Hamburg, Helsinki, Kazan (begins 26 April 2017),[7] Kiev–Boryspil, Larnaca, Liepāja (resumes 16 May 2017),[8] London–Gatwick, Milan–Malpensa, Minsk, Moscow–Sheremetyevo, Munich, Oslo–Gardermoen, Palanga, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Prague, Rome–Fiumicino, Saint Petersburg, Stavanger (resumes 2 May 2017), Stockholm–Arlanda, Tallinn, Tampere, Tbilisi, Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion, Turku, Vienna, Vilnius, Warsaw–Chopin, Zürich
Seasonal: Aberdeen (resumes 2 May 2017),[9] Athens, Baku, Burgas, Catania (begins 4 May 2017), Dubrovnik, Nice, Odessa, Olbia, Palma de Mallorca, Poprad–Tatry, Reykjavík–Keflavík, Madrid (begins 26 May 2017), Rhodes, Rijeka, Salzburg, Thessaloniki, Venice, Verona
Charter: Burgas, Dalaman, Heraklion
Belavia Minsk
Ellinair Seasonal: Thessaloniki
Seasonal charter: Corfu
operated by Nordic Regional Airlines
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw–Chopin
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Norwegian Air Shuttle Copenhagen, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm–Arlanda, Trondheim
RusLine Moscow-Domodedovo (begins 29 May 2017)[10]
Ryanair Bergamo, Berlin-Schönefeld, Bremen, Charleroi, Cologne/Bonn, Dublin, East Midlands, Glasgow, Hahn, Leeds/Bradford, London–Stansted, Malta (begins October 2017), Manchester
Scandinavian Airlines Copenhagen, Stockholm–Arlanda
SmartLynx Airlines Charter: Antalya, Bergamo, Burgas, Gran Canaria, Heraklion, Hurghada, Monastir, Rijeka, Ras Al Khaimah, Sharm el-Sheikh, Tenerife–South, Varna
Turkish Airlines Istanbul–Atatürk
Ukraine International Airlines Kiev–Boryspil
UTair Aviation Moscow–Vnukovo
Uzbekistan Airways New York–JFK, Tashkent
Wizz Air Barcelona, Bari (begins 25 June 2017), Bergen, Doncaster/Sheffield, Dortmund, Eindhoven, Liverpool, London–Luton, Reykjavík–Keflavík (begins 25 June 2017), Sandefjord, Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion


Route statistics[edit]

Busiest routes from Riga (2016)[11]
Rank City Passengers Airlines
1 United Kingdom London 540,124 airBaltic, Ryanair, Wizz Air
2 Russia Moscow 442,902 Aeroflot, airBaltic, UTair Aviation
3 Norway Oslo 280,865 airBaltic, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Wizz Air
4 Germany Frankfurt 280,865 airBaltic, Lufthansa, Ryanair
5 Finland Helsinki 259,260 airBaltic, Finnair
6 Germany Berlin 232,253 airBaltic, Ryanair
7 Sweden Stockholm 232,253 airBaltic, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian
8 Estonia Tallinn 205,247 airBaltic
9 Lithuania Vilnius 167,438 airBaltic
10 Denmark Copenhagen 151,235 airBaltic, Norwegian Air Shuttle

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

Updated: 1 March 2017

Ground transportation[edit]

Bus stop at Riga Airport


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.


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.

Other facilities[edit]

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.[13][14][15]
  • 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. Aircraft's engine was damaged as it hit airport equipment. The runway was checked and closed for three hours after incident. Flights were diverted to Tallinn Airport and Kaunas Airport and others were delayed. The Transport Accident and Incident Investigation Bureau of Latvia started an investigation.

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. ^ "Operational Facilities". Retrieved 3 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "Airport at a glance". Riga Airport Website. 
  6. ^ riga-airport.com - Flight schedules retrieved 16 October 2016
  7. ^ "airBaltic to Launch Riga – Kazan | airBaltic". www.airbaltic.com. airBaltic. Retrieved 7 February 2017. 
  8. ^ ""airBaltic maijā uzsāks lidojumus Rīga-Liepāja; biļetes - sākot no 15 eiro". nra.lv. 13 March 2017. Retrieved 13 March 2017. 
  9. ^ http://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/269187/air-baltic-plans-new-routes-in-s17/
  10. ^ RusLine begin operations from Moscow to Riga from May 2017
  11. ^ [1]
  12. ^ "Contacts." Latvian Civil Aviation Agency. Retrieved on 19 January 2012. "Civil aviation agency Address: Airport "Riga", LV-1053, Latvia"
  13. ^ "airBaltic flight makes emergency landing at Riga airport". The Baltic Course. 17 September 2016. Retrieved 21 September 2016. 
  14. ^ "17 flights diverted today due to closed runway at Riga Airport". The Baltic Times. 17 September 2016. Retrieved 21 September 2016. 
  15. ^ "Incidents ar 'airBaltic' lidmašīnu ietekmējis 1341 kompānijas pasažieri" (in Latvian). www.delfi.lv. 17 September 2016. Retrieved 21 September 2016. 

External links[edit]

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