Other major reasons to serve this airport
- Competitive and award winning airport charges – among the lowest in the region.
- Riga International is the leading airport of the Baltic states, serving almost half of all passengers in the region.
- 2016 was another record breaking year for the airport, with traffic up 4.7% to 5.4 million annual passengers.
- Riga Airport has been awarded for ‘Top European Airport Cost Competitiveness Excellence’ by ATRS (Air Transport Research Society) as the most competitive airport in Europe in terms of cost and tariff structure per passenger.
- Central location and superior road network means it can easily draw traffic from all three Baltic countries and Scandinavia.
- Riga is the metropolis of the Baltics and the third largest North-European city.
- Latvia has one of the fastest growing economies in the EU (2% GDP growth in 2016).
- An EU country and a member of Schengen, Latvia is also a participant of the World Trade Organisation, meaning it enjoys the benefits of free trade in the world’s markets. Latvia has also become 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 and emerging market’s of the nation’s eastern neighbours. Latvia is a natural gateway between the US, Europe and Asia.
- Positive tourism growth. 6.8 million foreign tourists visited Latvia in 2015, a growth of 9.5% when compared to 2014, with numbers expected to increase further for 2016.
- Riga has over 700 art nouveau buildings, more than any other European city. In a study by The Guardian, Riga placed in the top 10 best European cities for art nouveau.
- Riga is among the most affordable cities to travel to in Europe for a weekend break (City Costs Barometer 2016).
- Lonely Planet has announced that Latvia is one of the top 10 countries to visit during 2016, and awarded Latvia the high award for Best in Travel 2016.
New Marketing Support for 2017
- Riga Airport has announced a new Marketing support system to Airlines in a form of co-financing of destination marketing advertising campaigns in 2017.
- The goal of co-branded campaigns is to promote Riga and Latvia as a destination to boost visitor arrivals.
- For further information, priorities and application procedure please contact RIX.
- Welcoming route launch event for all new and existing airlines.
- Press conference and press release distribution.
- Free advertising opportunities within the terminal.
- Free advertising on RIX web.
- 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 = 7 million
Under-served freight opportunities and other economic impact factors
- To discuss freight opportunities contact Laura Audarina.
- Riga International 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.
- Public transport: Local and shuttle buses run regularly from the terminal as well as constant taxis. International bus services also run from Vilnius, Klaipeda and Tallinn.
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.
- Four drop-off kiosks (from June 2016).
- 10 self check-in kiosks
- Five air bridge gates (further three to be in place by October 2016).
Important infrastructure developments and/or other news
- New Northern Pier – To be completed by October 2016. Once finished, passengers will have access to new boarding zones – of which three will have air bridge connections, new commercial areas and spacious and comfortable waiting areas.
- Riga International Development Project 2013-15 - The €93 million project included: the renovation of the upper layer of runway pavement; reinforcement of the runway landing zones; construction of two new taxiways; new airfield lighting system to comply with category II requirements; reconstruction of aprons one, two and three; construction of two de-icing fields; construction of a rainwater disposal and airfield drainage systems; new vehicle washing and waste disposal hangars; new airfield fire station; acquisition of equipment for security measures and air rescue.
- Terminal improvements – In 2016 the current airport baggage belt will be extended, seven new check-in desks will be opened, ticket offices and business lounge relocated, installation of four self-service baggage drop-off desks.
- Passengers: 5.2 million in 2015, a record year and a 7.2% growth on the total of 2014. Q1 2016 growth of 12%.
- Largest carrier: airBaltic