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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 (2018)
Number of Passengers7,056,089
Aircraft movements83,467
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 76 destinations as of November 2019. 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, approx. 10 km from its city centre.

History[edit]

The airport was built in 1973 as an alternative to Spilve Airport, which had become outdated. It 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.[1]

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. 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. In 2010, the first dedicated business aviation terminal of the Baltics opened at the airport.[2]

Facilities[edit]

Terminal[edit]

The airport features a single, two-storey passenger terminal building which has been expanded and upgraded to modern standards several times in recent years. The landside consists of a main hall containing a single row of 36 check-in counters as well as some shops and the security area on the upper floor while the arrivals area, baggage reclaim and some service counters are located on the ground floor below.[3] The airside features departure areas B and C split up into two piers with the former original, smaller boarding area A now only used for some arrivals. Both piers feature overall eight stands with jetbridges plus four walk-boarding stands from the upper level as well as several more gates for bus boarding on their ground levels.[3] The terminal features outlets by Narvesen, Costa Coffee, and TGI Fridays amongst others as well as a single airport lounge.[3]

Runway[edit]

The airport has a single runway in directions 18/36, which is 3,200 m in length and equipped with ILS CAT II.[4]

Other facilities[edit]

Both airBaltic and the Latvian Civil Aviation Agency maintain their head offices at Riga International Airport.[5]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Passenger[edit]

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

AirlinesDestinations
Aeroflot Moscow–Sheremetyevo
airBaltic Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Berlin–Tegel, Billund, Brussels, Budapest, Copenhagen, Dublin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva, Gothenburg, Hamburg, Helsinki, Kaliningrad, Kiev–Boryspil, Larnaca, Liepāja, Lisbon, London–Gatwick, Lviv, Madrid, Málaga, Manchester (resumes 29 March 2020),[7] Milan–Malpensa, Minsk, Moscow–Sheremetyevo, Munich, Nice, Oslo–Gardermoen, Palanga, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Prague, Rome–Fiumicino, Saint Petersburg, Stockholm–Arlanda, Stuttgart, Tallinn, Tampere, Tbilisi, Tel Aviv, Turku, Vienna, Vilnius, Warsaw–Chopin, Zürich
Seasonal: Aberdeen, Abu Dhabi, Almaty, Baku, Bergen (resumes 31 March 2020),[8] Bordeaux, Catania, Dubrovnik, Gdańsk, Kazan, Kos, Malta, Menorca, Odessa, Olbia, Palma de Mallorca, Poprad-Tatry, Reykjavík–Keflavík, Rhodes, Rijeka, Salzburg, Sochi, Split, Stavanger, Thessaloniki, Trondheim (begins 1 April 2020),[8] Venice, Verona, Yerevan (resumes 3 May 2020)[8]
Seasonal charter: Ancona,[9] Antalya,[9] Burgas,[9] Heraklion,[9] Hurghada,[10] Patras,[9] Sharm El Sheikh[10]
Belavia Minsk
BRA Braathens Regional Airlines Stockholm–Bromma (begins 30 March 2020)[11]
Enter Air Seasonal charter: Tirana, Zakynthos
Finnair Helsinki
Holiday Europe Seasonal charter: Hurghada,[12] Sharm El Sheikh[13]
Lauda Vienna
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw–Chopin
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Norwegian Air Shuttle Copenhagen, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm–Arlanda, Trondheim
Seasonal: Bergen
Onur Air Seasonal charter: Antalya
Pobeda Moscow–Vnukovo
Ryanair Barcelona, Bergamo, Berlin–Schönefeld, Charleroi, Cologne/Bonn, Dublin, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Leeds/Bradford, London–Stansted, Malta, Manchester, Paphos, Prague
Seasonal: Bremen
Scandinavian AirlinesStockholm–Arlanda
SmartLynx Airlines Seasonal charter: Antalya,[14] Bergamo,[14] Burgas,[14] Corfu,[14] Djerba,[14] Enfidha, Funchal,[14] Heraklion,[14] Lanzarote,[14] Lyon,[14] Rhodes,[14] Tenerife–South,[14] Tirana,[14] Tivat,[14] Varna[14]
Tailwind Airlines Seasonal charter: Antalya
Transavia FranceParis–Orly (begins 29 March 2020)[15]
Turkish AirlinesIstanbul
Utair Moscow–Vnukovo
Uzbekistan Airways Tashkent
Wizz Air Bergen, Doncaster/Sheffield, Dortmund, Eindhoven, Kiev–Zhuliany, London–Luton, Reykjavík–Keflavík, Sandefjord
Seasonal: Barcelona, Bari, Eilat, Kutaisi, Tel Aviv

Cargo[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
ATRAN Hangzhou[16]

Statistics[edit]

Check-in hall
Hallway between piers B and C
View of the B pier
Control tower

Route statistics[edit]

Busiest routes from Riga (2018)[17]
Rank City Passengers Airlines Change vs 2017
1 United Kingdom London 602,067 airBaltic, Ryanair, Wizz Air Increase 4.2%
2 Russia Moscow 562,702 Aeroflot, airBaltic, Utair Increase 14.0%
3 Finland Helsinki 310,469 airBaltic, Finnair Increase 8.5%
4 Norway Oslo 294,082 airBaltic, Norwegian Air Shuttle Increase 9.7%
5 Sweden Stockholm 293,704 airBaltic, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian Increase 18.8%
6 Germany Frankfurt 279,314 airBaltic, Lufthansa, Ryanair Decrease 3.5%
7 Germany Berlin 272,916 airBaltic, Ryanair Increase 10.6%
8 Estonia Tallinn 245,516 airBaltic Increase 10.9%
9 Ukraine Kiev 230,734 airBaltic, Ukraine International, Wizz Air Increase 36.4%
10 Denmark Copenhagen 225,573 airBaltic, Norwegian Air Shuttle Increase 12.8%

Largest airlines[edit]

Largest airlines by passengers (2018)[18]
Rank Airline %
1 Latvia airBaltic 54.3%
2 Republic of Ireland Ryanair 15.1%
3 Hungary Wizz Air 8.4%
4 Norway Norwegian Air Shuttle 4.2%
5 Russia Aeroflot 3.1%
6 Germany Lufthansa 2.6%
7 Latvia SmartLynx Airlines 2.5%
8 Ukraine Ukraine International Airlines 1.6%
9 Finland Finnair 1.6%
10 DenmarkSwedenNorway SAS 1.4%

Annual passenger numbers (in millions)[edit]

Update: January – September 2019[19]

Ground transportation[edit]

Bus stop at Riga Airport

Bus[edit]

Riga Airport is accessible by bus line 22 and mini bus line 322, 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.[20]

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 crew members 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.[21][22][23]
  • 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 the incident. Flights were diverted to Tallinn Airport and Kaunas Airport and others were delayed.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Airport at a glance". Riga Airport Website.
  2. ^ "Russia invests in Riga Airport". www.baltictimes.com. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  3. ^ a b c riga-airport.com - Terminal and territory plan retrieved 10 November 2019
  4. ^ "Operational Facilities". Retrieved 3 June 2015.
  5. ^ "Contacts." Latvian Civil Aviation Agency. Retrieved on 19 January 2012. "Civil aviation agency Address: Airport "Riga", LV-1053, Latvia"
  6. ^ riga-airport.com - Flight schedules retrieved 29 September 2019
  7. ^ Liu, Jim (9 October 2019). "airBaltic expands Riga network in S20". routesonline.com.
  8. ^ a b c Liu, Jim (9 October 2019). "airBaltic expands Riga network in S20". routesonline.com.
  9. ^ a b c d e "airBaltic to operate charter flights for Tez Tour Latvija". worldairlinenews.com. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  10. ^ a b "Flight Schedules and Airline Availability". tez-tour.com.
  11. ^ "BRA satsar på utrikesflyg: lanserar fem nya flyglinjer". via.tt.se. 9 October 2019. Retrieved 9 October 2019.
  12. ^ "Hurghada". TUI.lv.
  13. ^ "Sharm El Sheikh". TUI.lv.
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Novaturas Flights en". Novaturas flights.
  15. ^ http://travelnews.lv/index.php?m_id=18276&i_id=5&pub_id=118597
  16. ^ "Russia's Atran Airlines launches new Hangzhou-Riga route". STAT Times. 21 May 2019. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  17. ^ "Statistics" (PDF). www.riga-airport.com. 2018.
  18. ^ http://www.riga-airport.com/uploads/files/Rix%20gadagramata_2018_FINAL.pdf
  19. ^ "Passengers statistics". Riga Airport Website.
  20. ^ "Riga Airport rail station contract signed". LSM. 21 March 2018. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  21. ^ "airBaltic flight makes emergency landing at Riga airport". The Baltic Course. 17 September 2016. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  22. ^ "17 flights diverted today due to closed runway at Riga Airport". The Baltic Times. 17 September 2016. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  23. ^ "Incidents ar 'airBaltic' lidmašīnu ietekmējis 1341 kompānijas pasažieri" (in Latvian). delfi.lv. 17 September 2016. Retrieved 21 September 2016.

External links[edit]

Media related to Riga International Airport at Wikimedia Commons