Riga International Airport
|Riga International Airport
Starptautiskā lidosta "Rīga"
|IATA: RIX – ICAO: EVRA|
|Owner||Government of Latvia|
|Elevation AMSL||36 ft / 11 m|
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 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 carrier airBaltic is the biggest in the airport, followed by Ryanair.
The airport is located in the Mārupe municipality 5.4 NM (10.0 km; 6.2 mi) 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. In 2014, the airport served 4,814,073 passengers, a 0.4% increase on 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The airport was built in 1973 as an alternative to Spilve Airport, which had become outdated.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. 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.
The Airport is owned by the Republic of Latvia via the Ministry of Transport of the Republic of Latvia.
Airlines and destinations
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|
|Year||Passengers (in thousands)|
|1||London||443,394||airBaltic, Ryanair, Wizz Air|
|2||Moscow||436,335||Aeroflot, airBaltic, UTair Aviation|
|3||Frankfurt||297,512||airBaltic, Lufthansa, Ryanair|
|5||Oslo||249,770||airBaltic, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Ryanair, Wizz Air|
|8||Stockholm||168,966||airBaltic, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian|
|9||Copenhagen||148,023||airBaltic, Norwegian Air Shuttle|
Riga Airport is accessible by bus line 22, operated by Rīgas Satiksme, which runs between Riga city centre and the airport. Also airBaltic in cooperation with Radisson Hotel Latvia offers Airport Express, a shuttle bus service between the hotel and the airport. Moreover, 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.
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.
- AirBaltic has its head office on the property of Riga Airport.
- The Latvian Civil Aviation Agency also has its head office at Riga Airport.
- List of the busiest airports in Europe
- List of largest airports in the Baltic states
- List of the busiest airports in the former USSR
- List of airports in Latvia
- Transportation in Latvia
- Rīgas Satiksme (Riga Public Transport)
- EAD Basic
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- Riga Airport Plan
- "Operational Facilities". Retrieved 3 June 2015.
- "Airport at a glance". Riga Airport Website.
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Media related to Riga International Airport at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website
- RIX Marks the Spot for Expansion
- Current weather for EVRA at NOAA/NWS
- Accident history for RIX at Aviation Safety Network