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Airport Riga (Latvia) - International

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Riga International Airport
Starptautisk lidosta "Rga"
Airport type Public
Owner Government of Latvia
Operator TAV Airports
Serves Riga, Latvia
Location Mrupe Municipality
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 36 ft / 11 m
Coordinates 56°5525N 023°5816E / 56.92361°N 23.97111°E / 56.92361; 23.97111Coordinates: 56°5525N 023°5816E / 56.92361°N 23.97111°E / 56.92361; 23.97111
Website riga-airport.com
Location of the airport by Riga
Direction Length Surface
m ft
18/36 3,200 10,500 Concrete/Asphalt
Statistics (2016)
Number of Passengers 5,400,243
Aircraft movements 68,061
Source (excluding statistics): AIP at EUROCONTROL

Riga International Airport (Latvian: Starptautisk lidosta "Rga"; 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 90 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. Latvian national carrier airBaltic is the biggest in the airport, followed by Ryanair.

The airport is located in the Mrupe 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The airport was built in 1973 as an alternative to Spilve Airport, which had become outdated.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

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

Airlines Destinations
Aeroflot MoscowSheremetyevo
airBaltic Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Barcelona, BerlinTegel, Billund, Brussels, Budapest, Copenhagen, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva, Gothenburg, Hamburg, Helsinki, Kaliningrad (resumes 16 April 2018),[7] KievBoryspil, Larnaca, Liepja, LondonGatwick, MilanMalpensa, Minsk, MoscowSheremetyevo, Munich, OsloGardermoen, Palanga, ParisCharles de Gaulle, Prague, RomeFiumicino, Saint Petersburg, StockholmArlanda, Tallinn, Tampere, Tbilisi, Tel AvivBen Gurion, Turku, Vienna, Vilnius, WarsawChopin, Zürich
Seasonal: Aberdeen, Athens, Bordeaux (begins 3 June 2018),[citation needed] Baku, Catania, Dubrovnik, Gdask (begins 27 March 2018), Kazan, Lisbon (begins 27 March 2018),[citation needed] Madrid, Málaga (begins 28 March 2018),[citation needed] Malta, Nice, Odessa, Olbia, Palma de Mallorca, PopradTatry, ReykjavíkKeflavík, Rhodes, Rijeka, Salzburg, Split (begins 21 May 2018),[8] Sochi (resumes 14 May 2018),[7] Stavanger, Thessaloniki, Venice, Verona
Charter: Burgas, Dalaman, Heraklion
Belavia Minsk
Ellinair Seasonal: Thessaloniki
Seasonal charter: Corfu, Heraklion
operated by Nordic Regional Airlines
LOT Polish Airlines WarsawChopin
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Norwegian Air Shuttle Copenhagen, OsloGardermoen, StockholmArlanda, Trondheim
Primera Air Seasonal: Málaga (begins 29 April 2018)[9]
RusLine MoscowDomodedovo
Ryanair Bergamo, BerlinSchönefeld, Bremen, Charleroi, Cologne/Bonn, Dublin, East Midlands, Girona (begins 25 March 2018), Glasgow, Hahn, Leeds/Bradford, LondonStansted, Malta, Manchester
Seasonal: Burgas (begins 27 March 2018),[10] Paphos (begins 27 March 2018)[citation needed]
S7 Airlines MoscowDomodedovo (begins 28 April 2018)[citation needed]
Scandinavian Airlines Copenhagen, StockholmArlanda
SmartLynx Airlines Charter: Antalya, Bergamo, Burgas, Gran Canaria, Heraklion, Hurghada, Monastir, Rijeka, Ras Al Khaimah, Sharm el-Sheikh, TenerifeSouth, Varna
Turkish Airlines IstanbulAtatürk
Ukraine International Airlines KievBoryspil
Utair MoscowVnukovo
Uzbekistan Airways New YorkJFK, Tashkent
Wizz Air Barcelona, Bari, Bergen, Doncaster/Sheffield, Dortmund, Eindhoven, Kutaisi (begins 25 March 2018),[11] Liverpool, LondonLuton, ReykjavíkKeflavík, Sandefjord, Tel AvivBen Gurion
Seasonal: EilatOvda


Route statistics
Busiest routes from Riga (2016)[12]
Rank City Passengers Airlines
1 London 540,793 airBaltic, Ryanair, Wizz Air
2 Moscow 443,008 Aeroflot, airBaltic, UTair Aviation
3 Oslo 282,801 airBaltic, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Wizz Air
4 Frankfurt 280,670 airBaltic, Lufthansa, Ryanair
5 Helsinki 261,444 airBaltic, Finnair
6 Berlin 231,380 airBaltic, Ryanair
7 Stockholm 229,582 airBaltic, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian
8 Tallinn 204,195 airBaltic
9 Vilnius 166,499 airBaltic
10 Copenhagen 151,483 airBaltic, Norwegian Air Shuttle
Annual passenger numbers at Riga Airport (millions)
Updated: 1 December 2017

Ground transportation


Riga Airport is accessible by bus line 22, operated by Rgas 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.

Incidents and accidents

  • 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 crewmembers 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.[13][14][15]
  • 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. Aircraft's engine was damaged as it hit airport equipment. The runway was checked and closed for three hours after incident. Flights were diverted to Tallinn Airport and Kaunas Airport and others were delayed. The Transport Accident and Incident Investigation Bureau of Latvia started an investigation.

See also


  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 2017-12-03. 
  5. ^ "Airport at a glance". Riga Airport Website. 
  6. ^ riga-airport.com - Flight schedules retrieved 16 October 2016
  7. ^ a b Liu, Jim (3 November 2017). "airBaltic resumes 2 Russian routes in S18". Routesonline. Retrieved 3 November 2017. 
  8. ^ "airBaltic adds new destinations in S18". Routesonline. Retrieved 2017-08-16. 
  9. ^ Liu, Jim (25 September 2017). "Primera Air adds Riga Malaga service in S18". Routesonline. Retrieved 25 September 2017. 
  10. ^ http://www.novinite.com/articles/185559/Ryanair+Announces+Their+New+Destination+From+Burgas
  11. ^ "Wizz Air Announces New Riga Route to Georgia". finchannel.com. The FINANCIAL. 12 December 2017. Retrieved 12 December 2017. 
  12. ^ "RIGA AIRPORT YEARBOOK 2016" (PDF). riga-airport.com. RIGA International Airport. Retrieved 16 November 2017. 
  13. ^ "airBaltic flight makes emergency landing at Riga airport". The Baltic Course. 17 September 2016. Retrieved 21 September 2016. 
  14. ^ "17 flights diverted today due to closed runway at Riga Airport". The Baltic Times. 17 September 2016. Retrieved 21 September 2016. 
  15. ^ "Incidents ar 'airBaltic' lidmanu ietekmjis 1341 kompnijas pasaieri" (in Latvian). www.delfi.lv. 17 September 2016. Retrieved 21 September 2016. 

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