Other major reasons to serve this airport
- Riga Airport is the leading airport and main traffic hub in the Baltics.
- Most competitive airport in the region in terms of cost and tariff structure per passenger.
- Central location, superior road network and a sea port ensures easily accessible traffic to and from all three Baltic countries.
- Riga is the metropolis of the Baltics and the third largest North-European city with rich history, culture, nature landscapes and architectural pearls.
- EU country and a member of Schengen, also a participant of the World Trade Organisation, meaning it enjoys the benefits of free trade in the world’s markets.
- Latvia is also a full-fledged OECD member.
- Latvia has a unique geography and cultural position, providing a strategic location for business operations targeting developed economies of the EU.
Major reasons to visit Latvia, Riga
- Latvia – a country in the Baltic region of Europe – may be small, but its pristine Baltic sea coastline and traditions tend to surpass even more iconic destinations of Europe. It has become a real hidden gem for travelers who strive to look past Europe’s larger and more well-visited countries in search of lesser-known beauty and historical charm. But exactly what is it that makes Latvia so special?
- When asked what they love about their country the most, Latvians will proudly and loudly say: “Nature, of course!” Nature is what binds Latvian people to their land and culture, with its deep roots in ancient celebratory traditions.
- Travellers who come to Latvia in June are privileged to witness a truly unique summer solstice celebration – Līgo or “Jāņi,” as the locals tend to call it. Traditions such as singing, dancing, feasting, and jumping over a bonfire are just some of the many activities that take place on the 23rd of June when Latvians of all ages gather to pull the ultimate all-nighter. Waiting for the sun to rise on the shortest summer night should absolutely be on your bucket list.
- Whilst grand events and celebrations are a big part of Latvian culture, the soul of Latvian culture is much more commonplace. Whilst there are plenty of tourist spots, castles, museums, and architecture to be found in the capital Riga and beyond, it is the charm of everyday things that really embody the spirit of this small Baltic state.
- Though the Latvian countryside provides a wealth of sandy beaches, lush forests and open-air activities like festivals, foraging, or skiing during the wintertime, there’s plenty to talk about in town, too. Latvian cities, especially Riga, offer plenty of options for those who enjoy slow walks through the city streets, lively cultural scenes, fantastic cuisine, iconic art-nouveau architecture and Medieval buildings in Old Riga.
- Creativity and greatness run deep within Latvian culture, it is the birthplace of well-known people like Mark Rothko, Mikhail Barishnikov, Sergei Eisenstein, Mariss Jansons, Elina Garanca and many others.
- Many visitors leave the country believing Latvia may be Europe’s best-kept secret. Hidden adventures await those willing to wander off the well-beaten track, and Latvia has more than a handful of them to share. Within a single trip, you might be able to experience The quaint fishing villages of Kurzeme, the white sand beaches of Jurmala the blue lakes of Latgale, and of course, the lively cobbled streets of Riga.
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Riga Airport offers all necessary support you need for opening and introducing new routes to and from Riga Airport.
Marketing Support Package
- Welcoming route launch event for all new and existing airlines.
- Press conference, media invitation and press release distribution.
- Free advertising opportunities within the terminal.
- Free advertising on RIX webpage.
- Social media support.
We offer surprisingly good quality service for reasonable money. Click here to download RIX Airport Charges in PDF format.
In fact, we have the lowest airport charges in the Baltics.
RIX is the only one airport in Baltics located within a 300km radius of all three Baltic capital cities (Vilnius, Tallinn and Riga) whilst much of Vilnius and Tallinn’s catchment areas are lost to the Baltic Sea and the boundaries with Russia/Belarus.
- 30 min catchment area: up to 500,000
- 60 min catchment area: up to 1 million
- 120 min catchment area: up to 5 million
- 180 min catchment area: all 3 Baltic States = up to 6.2 million
Riga Airport is the largest air cargo hub in the Baltic region, which offers multi-modal logistics solutions, high-quality service and a favourable cooperation platform. The Airport has made extensive investments in the development of state-of-the-art and sustainable cargo handling infrastructure making it the number 1 choice for the biggest cargo and courier companies in the Baltics.
- Multi-modal logistics solutions (plane + truck, plane + ferry, plane + plane, plane + train).
- Dedicated security checkpoint: 24/7 customs, border control, food & veterinary service with laboratory access.
- The cargo handling apron’s multi-functional aircraft stands to allow flexible planning of aircraft deployment and accommodating even the largest Class F and E aircraft.
- The underground refuelling hydrant system significantly promotes the aircraft refuelling process.
- DHL Express cargo terminal has been built in 2021 and Baltic Cargo Centre is under development.
- Riga Airport serves the capital of Latvia, Riga, and it is the largest airport in the Baltic States.
- The airport is located 11 kilometres from the city centre.
- The airport is conveniently connected to Riga via the A10, A8 and P133 motorways, a journey of approximately 15-20 minutes.
- Local buses run regularly from the terminal to city as well as constant taxis.
Infrastructure & Operations
- One runway (18/36), 3,200 metres, CAT II.
- Slot Coordinated: N0.
- Operating hours: 24/7 – No curfew.
- Min. connect time: 40 minutes.
Riga Airport City Development
- The new passenger terminal by 2027: +30 000 m2 for a check-in hall, security control, baggage handling, border control, car parks, and commercial areas.
- Rail Baltica airport station: creating a high-speed railway connection with the city centre and neighbouring countries (Estonia, Lithuania and Poland).
- 4 ha of land for further real estate development (hotels, offices, MICE infrastructure, retail, logistics and light manufacturing, etc.).
- RIX Cargo City: The new airBaltic cargo terminal Baltic Cargo Centre next to DHL regional centre and cargo apron; further development of cargo handling zone.
- Passengers: 6M in 2017, 7M in 2018, 7,8M in 2019
- Largest carriers: airBaltic, Ryanair, Wizz Air, Norwegian, Turkish Airlines, Finnair
Riga Airport develops sustainable services and infrastructure, taking care of its employees and the environment, and keeping pace with society and the local community. By joining the Net Zero 2050 initiative, Riga Airport has committed to achieving climate neutrality by 2050.