Riga International Airport

Starptautiskā lidosta "Rīga"
RIX Logo.svg
Riga Airport 2016.jpg
Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerGovernment of Latvia
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 in Latvia
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
18/36 3,200 10,500 Concrete/Asphalt
Statistics (2019)
Number of Passengers7,798,382
Passenger change 18–19Increase10.5%
Aircraft movements87,007
Movements change 18–19Increase4.2%
Cargo (tonnes)27,265
Cargo change 18–19Decrease3.5%
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 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 Mārupe Municipality west of Riga, approximately 10 km from its city centre.

History

The airport was built in 1973 as an alternative to Spilve Airport, which had become outdated.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.[1]

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.[2]

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.[3][4] 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.[5]

Facilities

Terminal

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.[6] 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.[6] The B pier is used for Schengen Area departures and arrivals, wholte the C pier is for non-Schengen Area departures and arrivals. The terminal features outlets by Narvesen, Costa Coffee, and TGI Fridays amongst others, as well as a single airport lounge.[6]

Runway

The airport has a single runway in directions 18/36, which is 3,200 m in length and equipped with ILS CAT II.[7]

Other facilities

Both airBaltic and the Latvian Civil Aviation Agency maintain their head offices at Riga International Airport.[8]

Airlines and destinations

Passenger

The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights to and from Riga:[9]

AirlinesDestinations
Aeroflot Moscow–Sheremetyevo (suspended)
airBaltic[10] Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Berlin, Billund, Brussels, Budapest, Copenhagen, Dubai–International,[11] Dublin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva, Gothenburg, Hamburg, Helsinki, Kaliningrad (suspended), Kyiv–Boryspil (suspended), Larnaca, Lisbon, London–Gatwick, Madrid, Málaga, Manchester, Milan–Malpensa, Moscow–Sheremetyevo (suspended), Munich, Odessa (suspended), [12] Oslo, Palanga, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Prague, Rome–Fiumicino, Saint Petersburg (suspended), Stockholm–Arlanda, Stuttgart, Tallinn, Tampere, Tbilisi, Tel Aviv, Turku, Vienna, Vilnius, Warsaw–Chopin, Zürich
Seasonal: Aberdeen,[13] Almaty,[13] Batumi,[14] Bergen,[13] Catania, Corfu,[15] Dubrovnik, Edinburgh,[16] Heraklion,[17] Kazan,[13] Kos,[18] Lviv, Malta,[19] Naples,[20] Olbia,[13] Palma de Mallorca,[13] Pisa,[21] Reykjavík–Keflavík, Rhodes,[13] Rijeka, Salzburg, Santorini,[22] Split, Stavanger,[13] Tenerife–South,[23] Thessaloniki,[13] Trondheim,[13] Valencia,[24] Venice,[13] Yekaterinburg[13]
Seasonal charter: Antalya,[25] Araxos,[25] Burgas,[25] Gran Canaria,[26] Hurghada,[26] Sharm El Sheikh[26]
Finnair Helsinki
GetJet Airlines Seasonal charter: Hurghada,[27] Sharm El Sheikh[27]
Israir Seasonal: Tel Aviv[28]
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw–Chopin
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Norwegian Air Shuttle[29] Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm–Arlanda, Trondheim
Pobeda Moscow–Sheremetyevo,[30] Moscow–Vnukovo (both suspended)
Ryanair Aarhus, Barcelona, Beauvais, Bergamo, Berlin, Bristol, Budapest, Charleroi, Cologne/Bonn, Dublin, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Kraków, Leeds/Bradford, London–Stansted, Málaga, Manchester, Memmingen, Newcastle upon Tyne, Palermo (ends 29 June 2022),[31] Paphos, Prague, Rome–Ciampino, Sandefjord, Stockholm–Arlanda, Treviso, Växjo,[32] Vienna, Warsaw–Modlin
Seasonal: Girona, Trapani (begins 6 July 2022)[33]
SkyUp Seasonal charter: Tirana (begins 31 May 2022)[34]
SmartLynx Airlines[35] Seasonal charter: Antalya, Burgas, Corfu, Djerba, Enfidha, Funchal, Tenerife–South, Tivat, Varna
SunExpress Seasonal: Antalya[36]
Transavia Amsterdam[37]
Turkish Airlines Istanbul
Utair Moscow–Vnukovo (suspended)
Uzbekistan Airways Tashkent
Wizz Air Doncaster/Sheffield, Dortmund, Eindhoven, Kutaisi, London–Luton, Sandefjord

Cargo

AirlinesDestinations
ATRAN[38] Moscow-Vnukovo, Guangzhou, Krasnoyarsk
Aviastar-TU[39] Novosibirsk, Hangzhou
DHL Aviation[40] Leipzig/Halle, Vilnius
Eleron Airlines[41] Kyiv–Zhuliany
SprintAir[42] Kaunas

Statistics

Check-in hall
Check-in hall
Hallway between piers B and C
Hallway between piers B and C
View of the B pier
View of the B pier
RIX terminal view from tarmac
RIX terminal view from tarmac
Control tower
Control tower

Route statistics

Busiest routes from Riga (2021)[43]
Rank City Share of total traffic Airlines
1 London 6.6% airBaltic, Ryanair, Wizz Air
2 Tallinn 4.5% airBaltic
3 Frankfurt 3.9% airBaltic, Lufthansa, Ryanair
4 Kyiv 3.8% airBaltic, Ryanair, Wizz Air
5 Amsterdam 3.6% airBaltic
6 Helsinki 3.6% airBaltic, Finnair, Ryanair
7 Oslo 3.3% airBaltic, Norwegian Air Shuttle
8 Stockholm 3.1% airBaltic, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Ryanair, Scandinavian Airlines
9 Berlin 3.0% airBaltic, Ryanair
10 Antalya 3.0% airBaltic, Onur Air, SmartLynx Airlines

Largest airlines

Largest airlines by passengers (2021)[43]
Rank Airline 2021, %
1 airBaltic 57.2%
2 Ryanair 21.2%
3 Wizz Air 5.5%
4 Turkish Airlines 2.9%
5 SmartLynx Airlines 2.7%
6 Norwegian Air Shuttle 2.1%
7 Lufthansa 1.8%
8 Finnair 1.4%
9 Aeroflot 1.2%
10 Others 4.0%

Annual passenger numbers

Annual passenger traffic at RIX airport. See source Wikidata query.

Ground transportation

Bus stop at Riga Airport
Bus stop at Riga Airport

Bus

Riga Airport is accessible by bus line 22 and mini bus line 322, 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.

Car

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.

Rail

An airport train station is included as part of the Rail Baltica project. A contract for construction design was signed on 20 March 2018.[44]

Incidents and accidents

See also

References

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