Riga International Airport

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Riga International Airport
Starptautiskā lidosta "Rīga"
RIX Logo.svg
Riga Airport 2016.jpg
Summary
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
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 (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.

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The airport was built in 1973 as an alternative to Spilve Airport, which had become outdated.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.[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
Aeroflot Moscow–Sheremetyevo
airBaltic Abu Dhabi (resumes 29 October 2017), Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin–Tegel, Billund, Brussels, Budapest, Copenhagen, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva, Gothenburg, Hamburg, Helsinki, Kazan, Kiev–Boryspil, Larnaca, Liepāja, London–Gatwick, Milan–Malpensa, Minsk, Moscow–Sheremetyevo, Munich, Oslo–Gardermoen, Palanga, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Prague, Rome–Fiumicino, Saint Petersburg, Stavanger, Stockholm–Arlanda, Tallinn, Tampere, Tbilisi, Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion, Turku, Vienna, Vilnius, Warsaw–Chopin, Zürich
Seasonal: Aberdeen, Athens, Bordeaux (begins 3 June 2018), Baku, Catania, Dubrovnik, Gdańsk (begins 27 March 2018), Lisbon (begins 27 March 2018), Madrid, Málaga (begins 28 March 2018), Malta, Nice, Odessa, Olbia, Palma de Mallorca, Poprad–Tatry, Reykjavík–Keflavík, Rhodes, Rijeka, Salzburg, Split (begins 21 May 2018), Thessaloniki, Venice, Verona
Charter: Burgas, Dalaman, Heraklion
Belavia Minsk
Ellinair Seasonal: Thessaloniki
Seasonal charter: Corfu, Heraklion
Finnair
operated by Nordic Regional Airlines
Helsinki
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw–Chopin
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Norwegian Air Shuttle Copenhagen, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm–Arlanda, Trondheim
Primera Air Seasonal: Málaga (begins 29 April 2018)[7]
RusLine Moscow-Domodedovo
Ryanair Bergamo, Berlin–Schönefeld, Bremen, Burgas (begins 27 March 2018),[8] Brussels–Charleroi, Cologne/Bonn, Dublin, East Midlands, Girona (begins 25 March 2018), Glasgow, Hahn, Leeds/Bradford, London–Stansted, Malta (begins 29 October 2017),[9] Manchester
Seasonal: Paphos (begins 27 March 2018)
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, Bergen, Doncaster/Sheffield, Dortmund, Eindhoven, Liverpool, London–Luton, Reykjavík–Keflavík, Sandefjord, Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion
Seasonal: Ovda (begins 31 October 2017)

Statistics[edit]

Route statistics[edit]

Busiest routes from Riga (2016)[10]
Rank City Passengers Airlines
1 United Kingdom London 540,793 airBaltic, Ryanair, Wizz Air
2 Russia Moscow 443,008 Aeroflot, airBaltic, UTair Aviation
3 Norway Oslo 282,801 airBaltic, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Wizz Air
4 Germany Frankfurt 280,670 airBaltic, Lufthansa, Ryanair
5 Finland Helsinki 261,444 airBaltic, Finnair
6 Germany Berlin 231,380 airBaltic, Ryanair
7 Sweden Stockholm 229,582 airBaltic, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian
8 Estonia Tallinn 204,195 airBaltic
9 Lithuania Vilnius 166,499 airBaltic
10 Denmark Copenhagen 151,483 airBaltic, Norwegian Air Shuttle

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

Updated: 1 September 2017

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.

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.[12][13][14]
  • 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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b EAD Basic[dead link]
  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[dead link]
  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. ^ Liu, Jim (25 September 2017). "Primera Air adds Riga – Malaga service in S18". Routesonline. Retrieved 25 September 2017. 
  8. ^ https://www.ryanair.com/us/en/
  9. ^ by Mantas. "Travel blog with cheap flights, hotels, buses". TravelFree.info. Retrieved 2017-08-23. 
  10. ^ http://www.riga-airport.com/uploads/files/ENG%20RIX%20Gadagramata%20makets%2006_04_2017%20vakara.pdf
  11. ^ "Contacts." Latvian Civil Aviation Agency. Retrieved on 19 January 2012. "Civil aviation agency Address: Airport "Riga", LV-1053, Latvia"
  12. ^ "airBaltic flight makes emergency landing at Riga airport". The Baltic Course. 17 September 2016. Retrieved 21 September 2016. 
  13. ^ "17 flights diverted today due to closed runway at Riga Airport". The Baltic Times. 17 September 2016. Retrieved 21 September 2016. 
  14. ^ "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