Riga International Airport

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Riga International Airport
Starptautiskā lidosta "Rīga"
RIX Logo.svg
Riga Airport.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 (2014)
Number of Passengers 4,814,073
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 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[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. 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The airport was built in 1973 as an alternative to Spilve Airport, which had become outdated.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.[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]


Airlines Destinations
Aegean Airlines Seasonal: Athens (begins 26 June 2016)[6]
Aeroflot Moscow-Sheremetyevo
airBaltic Ålesund, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin-Tegel, Billund, Brussels, Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Helsinki, Kiev-Boryspil, Larnaca, London-Gatwick, Milan-Malpensa, Minsk-National, Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Moscow-Vnukovo, Munich, Oslo-Gardermoen, Palanga, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Prague, Saint Petersburg, Stavanger, Stockholm-Arlanda, Tallinn, Tbilisi, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion, Turku, Vienna, Vilnius, Warsaw-Chopin, Zürich
Seasonal: Aalborg, Athens, Baku, Bari, Burgas, Chişinău, Dubrovnik, Gothenburg-Landvetter, Malta, Nice, Olbia, Palma de Mallorca, Pisa, Poprad-Tatry, Rhodes, Rijeka, Salzburg (begins 26 December 2015),[7] Thessaloniki, Varna, Venice-Marco Polo, Verona (begins 26 December 2015)[8]
Charter: Antalya, Burgas, Dalaman, Heraklion, Hurghada, Sharm el-Sheikh
Brussels Airlines Brussels
Belavia Minsk-National
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
Ryanair Bergamo, Berlin-Schönefeld, Bremen, Charleroi, Cologne/Bonn, Dublin, East Midlands, Glasgow, Hahn, Leeds/Bradford, London-Stansted, Manchester, Moss
Scandinavian Airlines Stockholm-Arlanda
SmartLynx Airlines Charter: Antalya, Bergamo, Bourgas, Heraklion, Hurghada, Monastir, Rijeka, Sharm el-Sheikh, Tenerife-South, Varna
Swiss International Air Lines Zürich
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk
Turkmenistan Airlines Ashgabat
Ukraine International Airlines Kiev-Boryspil
UTair Aviation Moscow-Vnukovo
Uzbekistan Airways New York-JFK, Tashkent
Vueling Seasonal: Barcelona (begins 24 June 2016)[9] Rome-Fiumicino (begins 25 June 2016)[10]
Wizz Air Barcelona, Beauvais, Bergen, Doncaster/Sheffield, Dortmund, Eindhoven, Liverpool, London-Luton, Lübeck, Sandefjord, Stavanger


Airlines Destinations
DHL Aviation
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
Kalitta Air Bagram
SprintAir Warsaw-Chopin


Apron view
An airBaltic Boeing 757-200 at Riga International Airport

Passenger statistics[edit]

Passengers at Riga International Airport (in thousands)
1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
310 398 504 506 535 555 562 574 623 633 712 1,060 1,878 2,495 3,161 3,691 4,066 4,664 5,107 4,768 4,793 4,814

Route statistics[edit]

Busiest routes from Riga (2014)[11]
Rank City Passengers Airlines
1 United Kingdom London 443,394 airBaltic, Ryanair, Wizz Air
2 Russia Moscow 436,335 Aeroflot, airBaltic, Transaero Airlines, UTair Aviation
3 Germany Frankfurt 297,512 airBaltic, Lufthansa, Ryanair
4 Finland Helsinki 253,755 airBaltic, Finnair
5 Norway Oslo 249,770 airBaltic, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Ryanair, Wizz Air
6 Estonia Tallinn 185,088 airBaltic
7 Lithuania Vilnius 176,117 airBaltic
8 Sweden Stockholm 168,966 airBaltic, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Ryanair, Scandinavian
9 Denmark Copenhagen 148,023 airBaltic, Norwegian Air Shuttle
10 France Paris 139,305 airBaltic, Wizz Air

Ground transportation[edit]


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.

Other facilities[edit]

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. ^ http://en.aegeanair.com/
  7. ^ L, J (16 July 2015). "airBaltic Adds Salzburg Seasonal Service from late-Dec 2015". Airline Route. Retrieved 16 July 2015. 
  8. ^ http://airlineroute.net/2015/09/01/bt-vrn-w15/
  9. ^ L, J (29 September 2015). "Vueling Adds New Service to The Baltics in S16". Airline Route. Retrieved 29 September 2015. 
  10. ^ [1]
  11. ^ [2]
  12. ^ "Contacts." Latvian Civil Aviation Agency. Retrieved on 19 January 2012. "Civil aviation agency Address: Airport "Riga", LV-1053, Latvia"

External links[edit]

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