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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.

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 Passengers7,056,099
Aircraft movements83,467
Source (excluding statistics): AIP at EUROCONTROL

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]

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HistoryEdit

The airport was built in 1973 as an alternative to Spilve Airport, which had become outdated.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 destinationsEdit

PassengerEdit

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

AirlinesDestinations
Aeroflot Moscow–Sheremetyevo
airBaltic Amsterdam, 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, Tallinn, Tampere, Tbilisi, Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion, Turku, Vienna, Vilnius, Warsaw–Chopin, Zürich
Seasonal: Aberdeen, Abu Dhabi, Almaty, Athens, Bordeaux, Baku, Catania, Dubrovnik, Gdańsk, Kazan, Kos, Malta, Menorca, Odessa, Olbia, Palma de Mallorca, Poprad-Tatry, Reykjavík–Keflavík, Rhodes, Rijeka, Salzburg, Split, Sochi, Stavanger, Stuttgart, Thessaloniki, Venice, Verona
Seasonal charter: Ancona,[7] Antalya,[7] Burgas,[7] Heraklion,[7] Patras[7]
Belavia Minsk
Blue Panorama Airlines Seasonal charter: Nosy Be
Enter Air Seasonal charter: Tirana[8]
Finnair Helsinki
Lauda Vienna (begins 27 October 2019)[9]
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw–Chopin
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Norwegian Air Shuttle Copenhagen, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm–Arlanda, Trondheim
Seasonal: Bergen
Pobeda Moscow–Vnukovo (begins 5 July 2019)[10]
Ryanair Barcelona (begins 28 October 2019),[11] Bergamo, Berlin–Schönefeld, Charleroi, Cologne/Bonn, Dublin, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Girona (ends 24 October 2019), Hahn (ends 26 October 2019), Leeds/Bradford, London–Stansted, Malta, Manchester, Paphos, Prague
Seasonal: Bremen (resumes 28 October 2019)
Scandinavian Airlines Stockholm–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[13]
Ukraine International Airlines Kiev–Boryspil
Utair Moscow–Vnukovo
Uzbekistan Airways Tashkent
Wizz Air Bari, Bergen, Doncaster/Sheffield, Dortmund, Eindhoven, Kiev–Zhuliany, Kutaisi, London–Luton, Reykjavík–Keflavík, Sandefjord, Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion
Seasonal: Barcelona, Eilat–Ramon (begins 28 October 2019)[14]

CargoEdit

AirlinesDestinations
ASL Airlines Belgium Vilnius[citation needed]
Atran Airlines Hangzhou[15]
DHL Aviation Vilnius[citation needed]
SprintAir Vilnius[citation needed]

StatisticsEdit

Route statisticsEdit

Busiest routes from Riga (2018)[16]
Rank City Passengers Airlines Change vs 2017
1   London 602,067 airBaltic, Ryanair, Wizz Air   4.2%
2   Moscow 562,702 Aeroflot, airBaltic, Utair   14.0%
3   Helsinki 310,469 airBaltic, Finnair   8.5%
4   Oslo 294,082 airBaltic, Norwegian Air Shuttle   9.7%
5   Stockholm 293,704 airBaltic, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian   18.8%
6   Frankfurt 279,314 airBaltic, Lufthansa, Ryanair   3.5%
7   Berlin 272,916 airBaltic, Ryanair   10.6%
8   Tallinn 245,516 airBaltic   10.9%
9   Kiev 230,734 airBaltic, Ukraine International, Wizz Air   36.4%
10   Copenhagen 225,573 airBaltic, Norwegian Air Shuttle   12.8%

Annual passenger numbersEdit

 
Update: January - May 2019[17]

Ground transportationEdit

 
Check-in
 
Bus stop at Riga Airport

BusEdit

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.

CarEdit

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.

RailEdit

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 accidentsEdit

  • 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 alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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. ^ a b c d e "airBaltic to operate charter flights for Tez Tour Latvija". worldairlinenews.com. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  8. ^ "Novaturas flights - Novaturas Flights en". flights.novatours.eu.
  9. ^ Liu, Jim (21 March 2019). "Laudamotion expands Vienna network in W19". Routesonline. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  10. ^ [1]
  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. ^ "Istanbul New Airport Transition Delayed Until April 5, 2019 (At The Earliest)".
  14. ^ "Wizzair will fly from Riga and Vilnius to Eilat".
  15. ^ "Russia's Atran Airlines launches new Hangzhou-Riga route". STAT Times. 21 May 2019. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  16. ^ "Statistics" (PDF). www.riga-airport.com. 2018.
  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.

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