Riga International Airport

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Riga International Airport

Starptautiskā lidosta "Rīga"
RIX Logo.svg
Riga Airport 2016.jpg
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
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 (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 106 destinations in 30 countries. 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 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. AirBaltic and the Latvian Civil Aviation Agency both maintain their head offices at Riga International Airport.[1]


The airport was built in 1973 as an alternative to Spilve Airport, which had become outdated.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.[2] 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.[3] In 2010, the first dedicated business aviation terminal of the Baltics opened at the airport.[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]

Aeroflot Moscow–Sheremetyevo
airBaltic Amsterdam, Athens,[7] Barcelona, Berlin–Tegel, Billund, Brussels, Budapest, Copenhagen, Düsseldorf, Dublin, Frankfurt, Geneva, Gothenburg, Hamburg, Helsinki, Kaliningrad, Kiev–Boryspil, Larnaca, Liepāja, Lisbon, London–Gatwick, Lviv, Madrid, Málaga, 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, Bordeaux, Baku, Catania, Dubrovnik, Gdańsk, Kazan, Kos, Malta, Menorca, Odessa, Olbia, Palma de Mallorca, Poprad-Tatry, Reykjavík–Keflavík, Rhodes, Rijeka, Salzburg, Split, Sochi, Stavanger, Thessaloniki, Venice, Verona
Seasonal charter: Ancona,[8] Antalya,[8] Burgas,[8] Heraklion,[8] Hurghada (resumes 26 October 2019)[9] Patras,[8] Sharm El Sheikh (resumes 27 October 2019)[9]
Belavia Minsk
Blue Panorama Airlines Seasonal charter: Nosy Be
Enter Air Seasonal charter: Tirana, Zakynthos
Finnair Helsinki
Lauda Vienna (begins 27 October 2019)[10]
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 (begins 28 October 2019),[11] Bergamo, Berlin–Schönefeld, Charleroi, Cologne/Bonn, Dublin, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Leeds/Bradford, London–Stansted, Malta, Manchester, Paphos, Prague
Seasonal: Bremen, Hahn, Girona
SAS Scandinavian AirlinesStockholm–Arlanda
SmartLynx Airlines Seasonal charter: Antalya,[12] Bergamo,[12] Burgas,[12] Corfu,[12] Djerba,[12] Enfidha, Funchal,[12] Heraklion,[12] Lanzarote,[12] Lyon,[12] Rhodes,[12] Tenerife–South,[12] Tirana,[12] Tivat,[12] Varna[12]
Turkish AirlinesIstanbul
Ukraine International Airlines Kiev–Boryspil
Utair Moscow–Vnukovo
Uzbekistan Airways Tashkent
Wizz Air Bergen, Doncaster/Sheffield, Dortmund, Eindhoven, Kiev–Zhuliany, London–Luton, Reykjavík–Keflavík, Sandefjord
Seasonal: Barcelona, Bari, Eilat (begins 28 October 2019),[13] Kutaisi, Tel Aviv


ATRAN Hangzhou[14]


Route statistics[edit]

Busiest routes from Riga (2018)[15]
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)[16]
Rank Airline %
1 Latvia airBaltic 54.3%
2 Republic of Ireland Ryanair 15.1%
3 Hungary Wizzair 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 - July 2019[17]

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.


An airport train station is included as part of the Rail Baltica project. A contract for construction design was signed on 20 March 2018.[18]

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.[19][20][21]
  • 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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Contacts." Latvian Civil Aviation Agency. Retrieved on 19 January 2012. "Civil aviation agency Address: Airport "Riga", LV-1053, Latvia"
  2. ^ "Terminal and territory plan". riga-airport.com. Riga International Airport. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Operational Facilities". Retrieved 3 June 2015.
  4. ^ "Russia invests in Riga Airport". www.baltictimes.com. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Airport at a glance". Riga Airport Website.
  6. ^ riga-airport.com - Flight schedules retrieved 2 February 2019
  7. ^ Liu, Jim (8 July 2019). "airBaltic extends Athens service into W19". Routesonline. Retrieved 8 July 2019.
  8. ^ a b c d e "airBaltic to operate charter flights for Tez Tour Latvija". worldairlinenews.com. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  9. ^ a b "Timetable". www.tez-tour.com.
  10. ^ Liu, Jim (21 March 2019). "Laudamotion expands Vienna network in W19". Routesonline. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  11. ^ https://corporate.ryanair.com/news/ryanair-anuncia-un-calendario-de-invierno-2019-record-para-barcelona/
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Novaturas Flights en". Novaturas flights.
  13. ^ "Wizzair will fly from Riga and Vilnius to Eilat".
  14. ^ "Russia's Atran Airlines launches new Hangzhou-Riga route". STAT Times. 21 May 2019. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  15. ^ "Statistics" (PDF). www.riga-airport.com. 2018.
  16. ^ http://www.riga-airport.com/uploads/files/Rix%20gadagramata_2018_FINAL.pdf
  17. ^ "Passengers statistics". Riga Airport Website.
  18. ^ "Riga Airport rail station contract signed". LSM. 21 March 2018. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  19. ^ "airBaltic flight makes emergency landing at Riga airport". The Baltic Course. 17 September 2016. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  20. ^ "17 flights diverted today due to closed runway at Riga Airport". The Baltic Times. 17 September 2016. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  21. ^ "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