Riga International Airport
Starptautisk lidosta "Rga"
|Owner||Government of Latvia|
|Elevation AMSL||36 ft / 11 m|
Riga International Airport (Latvian: Starptautisk lidosta "Rga"; 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 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.
The airport was built in 1973 as an alternative to Spilve Airport, which had become outdated.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. 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. In 2010, the first dedicated business aviation terminal of the Baltics opened at the airport.
The airport is owned by the Republic of Latvia via the Ministry of Transport of the Republic of Latvia.
The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights to and from Riga:
|airBaltic|| Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, BerlinTegel, Billund, Brussels, Budapest, Copenhagen, Dublin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva, Gothenburg, Hamburg, Helsinki, Kaliningrad, KievBoryspil, Larnaca, Liepja, Lisbon, LondonGatwick, Lviv, Madrid, Málaga, MilanMalpensa, Minsk, MoscowSheremetyevo, Munich, Nice, OsloGardermoen, Palanga, ParisCharles de Gaulle, Prague, RomeFiumicino, Saint Petersburg, StockholmArlanda, Stuttgart, Tallinn, Tampere, Tbilisi, Tel Aviv, Turku, Vienna, Vilnius, WarsawChopin, Zürich |
Seasonal: Aberdeen, Abu Dhabi, Almaty, Bordeaux, Baku, Catania, Dubrovnik, Gdask, Kazan, Kos, Malta, Menorca, Odessa, Olbia, Palma de Mallorca, Poprad-Tatry, ReykjavíkKeflavík, Rhodes, Rijeka, Salzburg, Split, Sochi, Stavanger, Thessaloniki, Venice, Verona
Seasonal charter: Ancona, Antalya, Burgas, Heraklion, Hurghada (resumes 26 October 2019), Patras, Sharm El Sheikh (resumes 27 October 2019)
|Enter Air||Seasonal charter: Tirana, Zakynthos|
|Lauda||Vienna (begins 27 October 2019)|
|LOT Polish Airlines||WarsawChopin|
|Norwegian Air Shuttle|| Copenhagen, OsloGardermoen, StockholmArlanda, Trondheim |
|Onur Air||Seasonal charter: Antalya|
|Ryanair|| Barcelona (begins 28 October 2019), Bergamo, BerlinSchönefeld, Charleroi, Cologne/Bonn, Dublin, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Leeds/Bradford, LondonStansted, Malta, Manchester, Paphos, Prague |
Seasonal: Bremen, Hahn, Girona
|SmartLynx Airlines||Seasonal charter: Antalya, Bergamo, Burgas, Corfu, Djerba, Enfidha, Funchal, Heraklion, Lanzarote, Lyon, Rhodes, TenerifeSouth, Tirana, Tivat, Varna|
|Ukraine International Airlines||KievBoryspil|
|Wizz Air|| Bergen, Doncaster/Sheffield, Dortmund, Eindhoven, KievZhuliany, LondonLuton, ReykjavíkKeflavík, Sandefjord|
Seasonal: Barcelona, Bari, Eilat (begins 28 October 2019), Kutaisi, Tel Aviv
|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||Kiev||230,734||airBaltic, Ukraine International, Wizz Air||36.4%|
|10||Copenhagen||225,573||airBaltic, Norwegian Air Shuttle||12.8%|
|4||Norwegian Air Shuttle||4.2%|
|8||Ukraine International Airlines||1.6%|
|Update: January - August 2019|
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.
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