Riga International Airport
Starptautisk? lidosta "R?ga"
|Owner||Government of Latvia|
|Elevation AMSL||36 ft / 11 m|
Riga International Airport (Latvian: Starptautisk? lidosta "R?ga"; 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 76 destinations as of November 2019. It serves as a hub for airBaltic, SmartLynx Airlines and RAF-Avia, and as one of the base airports for Wizz Air. The Latvian national carrier airBaltic is the largest carrier that serves the airport, followed by Ryanair. The airport is located in the M?rupe Municipality west of Riga, approx. 10 km from its city centre.
The airport was built in 1973 as an alternative to Spilve Airport, which had become outdated. It 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.
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. 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. In 2010, the first dedicated business aviation terminal of the Baltics opened at the airport.
Riga had nonstop flights to the United States between 2005 and 2017. Uzbekistan Airways employed Boeing 767s on a Tashkent-New York City service via the Latvian capital. However, once the carrier acquired Boeing 787s and began to fly directly from Uzbekistan to America, it decided to eliminate the Riga-New York City sector.
The airport features a single, two-storey passenger terminal building which has been expanded and upgraded to modern standards several times in recent years. The landside consists of a main hall containing a single row of 36 check-in counters as well as some shops and the security area on the upper floor while the arrivals area, baggage reclaim and some service counters are located on the ground floor below. The airside features departure areas B and C split up into two piers with the former original, smaller boarding area A now only used for some arrivals. Both piers feature overall eight stands with jetbridges plus four walk-boarding stands from the upper level as well as several more gates for bus boarding on their ground levels. The terminal features outlets by Narvesen, Costa Coffee, and TGI Fridays amongst others, as well as a single airport lounge.
The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights to and from Riga:
|airBaltic|| Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Berlin, Billund, Brussels, Budapest, Copenhagen, Dublin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva, Gothenburg, Hamburg, Helsinki, Kaliningrad, Kyiv-Boryspil, Larnaca, Liep?ja, Lisbon, London-Gatwick, Madrid, Málaga, Manchester, Milan-Malpensa, Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Munich, Oslo, Palanga, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Prague, Rome-Fiumicino, Saint Petersburg, Stockholm-Arlanda, Stuttgart, Tallinn, Tbilisi, Tel Aviv, Turku, Vienna, Vilnius, Warsaw-Chopin, Yerevan (begins 1 May 2022), Zürich |
Seasonal: Aberdeen, Almaty, Baku, Bergen, Catania, Dubai-International, Dubrovnik, Heraklion, Kazan, Kittilä, Kos, Naples, Odessa, Olbia, Palma de Mallorca, Pisa, Reykjavík-Keflavík, Rhodes, Rijeka, Salzburg, Santorini, Split, Stavanger, Tenerife-South, Thessaloniki, Trondheim, Valencia, Venice, Yekaterinburg
Seasonal charter: Antalya, Burgas, Corfu,Gran Canaria, Hurghada, Sharm El Sheikh
|Seasonal charter: Heraklion|
|Holiday Europe||Seasonal charter: Hurghada, Sharm El Sheikh|
|Israir||Seasonal: Tel Aviv|
|LOT Polish Airlines||Warsaw-Chopin|
|||Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm-Arlanda, Trondheim|
|Onur Air||Seasonal charter: Antalya|
|Ryanair||Aarhus (begins 2 November 2021), Barcelona, Beauvais (begins 31 October 2021), Bergamo, Berlin, Bristol (begins 31 October 2021), Budapest (begins 1 November 2021), Charleroi, Cologne/Bonn, Dublin, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Girona (resumes 27 March 2022), Gothenburg (begins 2 November 2021), Hahn, Helsinki (begins 29 October 2021), Kraków (begins 31 October 2021), Kyiv-Boryspil (begins 1 November 2021), Leeds/Bradford (resumes 31 October 2021), London-Stansted, Lviv (begins 31 October 2021), Málaga (begins 2 November 2021), Malta, Manchester, Memmingen (begins 1 November 2021), Newcastle upon Tyne (begins 28 March 2022), Palermo (begins 2 November 2021), Paphos, Prague, Rome-Ciampino (begins 2 November 2021), Sandefjord (begins 31 October 2021), Stockholm-Arlanda (begins 1 November 2021), Treviso, Vienna, Warsaw-Modlin (begins 31 October 2021)|
|SmartLynx Airlines||Seasonal charter: Antalya, Burgas, Corfu, Djerba, Enfidha, Funchal, Heraklion, Rhodes, Tenerife-South, Tivat, Varna|
|Transavia||Amsterdam (begins 3 April 2022)|
|Wizz Air|| Birmingham (ends 29 September 2021), Doncaster/Sheffield, Dortmund, Eindhoven, Kutaisi, Kyiv-Zhuliany, London-Luton, Reykjavik-Keflavik (ends 3 October 2021), Sandefjord|
|DHL Aviation||Leipzig/Halle, Vilnius|
|ATRAN||Moscow, Guangzhou, Krasnoyarsk|
|ASL Airlines Belgium||Liège|
|RAF-Avia||Western Europe, hub|
|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%|
|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%|
|9||Kyiv||230,734||airBaltic, Ukraine International, Wizz Air||36.4%|
|10||Copenhagen||225,573||airBaltic, Norwegian Air Shuttle||12.8%|
|Rank||Airline||2018, %||2019, %|
|4||Norwegian Air Shuttle||4.2%||3.9%|
|8||Ukraine International Airlines||1.6%|
Riga Airport is accessible by bus line 22 and mini bus line 322, operated by R?gas 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.
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