Riga International Airport

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 100 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 Mārupe 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]

Riga International Airport

Starptautiskā lidosta "Rīga"
RIX Logo
Riga Airport 2016
Airport typePublic
OwnerGovernment of Latvia
OperatorTAV Airports
ServesRiga, Latvia
LocationMārupe Municipality
Hub for
Elevation AMSL36 ft / 11 m
Coordinates56°55′25″N 023°58′16″E / 56.92361°N 23.97111°ECoordinates: 56°55′25″N 023°58′16″E / 56.92361°N 23.97111°E
RIX is located in Latvia
Location of the airport by Riga
Direction Length Surface
m ft
18/36 3,200 10,500 Concrete/Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Number of Passengers7,056,099
Aircraft movements83,467
Source (excluding statistics): AIP at EUROCONTROL


The airport was built in 1973 as an alternative to Spilve Airport, which had become outdated.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

Aeroflot Moscow–Sheremetyevo
airBaltic Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin–Tegel, Billund, Brussels, Budapest, Copenhagen, Düsseldorf, Dublin (resumes 31 March 2019),[7] Frankfurt, Geneva, Gothenburg, Hamburg, Helsinki, Kaliningrad, Kiev–Boryspil, Larnaca, Liepāja, Lisbon, London–Gatwick, Lviv (begins 1 April 2019),[8] Madrid, Málaga, Milan–Malpensa, Minsk, Moscow–Sheremetyevo, Munich, Nice, Oslo–Gardermoen, Palanga, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Prague, Rome–Fiumicino, Saint Petersburg, Stockholm–Arlanda, Tallinn, Tampere, Tbilisi, Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion, Turku, Vienna, Vilnius, Warsaw–Chopin, Zürich
Seasonal: Aberdeen, Abu Dhabi, Almaty, Athens, Bordeaux, Baku, Catania, Dubrovnik, Gdańsk, Kazan, Kos (begins 11 May 2019),[9] Malta, Odessa, Olbia, Palma de Mallorca, Poprad–Tatry, Reykjavík–Keflavík, Menorca (begins 12 May 2019),[9] Rhodes, Rijeka, Salzburg, Split, Sochi, Stavanger, Stuttgart (resumes 31 March 2019), Thessaloniki, Venice, Verona
Seasonal charter: Ancona,[10] Antalya,[10] Burgas,[10] Heraklion,[10] Patras[10]
Belavia Minsk
Blue Panorama Airlines Seasonal charter: Nosy Be (begins 23 May 2019)[11]
Finnair Helsinki
Laudamotion Vienna (begins 27 October 2019)[12]
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw–Chopin
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Norwegian Air Shuttle Copenhagen, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm–Arlanda, Trondheim
Seasonal: Bergen
Ryanair Bergamo, Barcelona (begins 28 October 2019),[13] Berlin–Schönefeld, Bremen (ends 29 March 2019),[14] Charleroi, Cologne/Bonn, Dublin, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Hahn, Girona (ends 24 October 2019), Leeds/Bradford, London–Stansted, Malta, Manchester, Paphos, Prague (begins 2 April 2019)[15]
Scandinavian Airlines Stockholm–Arlanda
SmartLynx Airlines Seasonal charter: Antalya,[16] Bergamo,[16] Burgas,[16] Corfu,[16] Djerba (begins 26 April 2019),[16] Enfidha (begins 17 May 2019),[16] Funchal,[16] Heraklion,[16] Lanzarote,[16] Lyon,[16] Rhodes,[16] Tenerife–South,[16] Tirana,[16] Tivat,[16] Varna[16]
Turkish AirlinesIstanbul–Atatürk (ends 4 April 2019), Istanbul (begins 5 April 2019) [17]
Ukraine International Airlines Kiev–Boryspil
Utair Moscow–Vnukovo
Uzbekistan Airways Tashkent
Wizz Air Barcelona, Bari, Bergen, Doncaster/Sheffield, Dortmund, Eindhoven, Kiev-Zhuliany, Kutaisi, London–Luton, Reykjavík–Keflavík, Sandefjord, Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion
Seasonal: Eilat–Ovda (ends 29 March 2019)


ASL Airlines Belgium Vilnius
DHL Aviation Vilnius
SprintAir Vilnius
Turkish Cargo Seasonal: Prague, Istanbul–Atatürk[18]


Route statistics

Busiest routes from Riga (2017)[19]
Rank City Passengers Airlines
1 United Kingdom London 579,288 airBaltic, Ryanair, Wizz Air
2 Russia Moscow 493,919 Aeroflot, airBaltic, RusLine, Utair
3 Germany Frankfurt 286,595 airBaltic, Lufthansa, Ryanair
4 Finland Helsinki 286,595 airBaltic, Finnair
5 Norway Oslo 268,302 airBaltic, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Wizz Air
6 Sweden Stockholm 250,008 airBaltic, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian
7 Germany Berlin 243,911 airBaltic, Ryanair
8 Estonia Tallinn 219,520 airBaltic
9 Denmark Copenhagen 201,226 airBaltic, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian
10 Ukraine Kiev 170,737 airBaltic, Ukraine International Airlines

Annual passenger numbers at Riga Airport (millions)

Update: January - February 2019[20]

Ground transportation

Check-In at Riga Airport
Bus stop at Riga Airport
Bus stop at Riga Airport


Riga Airport is accessible by bus line 22, 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.


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.


An airport train station is included as part of the Rail Baltica project. A contract for construction design was signed on 20 March 2018.[21]

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.[22][23][24]
  • 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. The aircraft's engine was damaged as it hit airport equipment. The runway was inspected and closed for three hours after incident. Flights were diverted to Tallinn Airport and Kaunas Airport and others were delayed.

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 2 February 2019
  7. ^ "airBaltic To Operate New Dublin-Riga Service Next Summer". Dublin Airport. 20 December 2018. Retrieved 20 December 2018.
  8. ^ "Flights to Lviv, Ukraine with airBaltic". www.airbaltic.com. airBaltic. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  9. ^ a b "Mediterranean islands Kos and Menorca – new airBaltic's routes". www.airbaltic.com. airBaltic. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  10. ^ a b c d e "airBaltic to operate charter flights for Tez Tour Latvija". worldairlinenews.com. Retrieved 2018-05-30.
  11. ^ "Madagascar". Itaka.
  12. ^ Liu, Jim (21 March 2019). "Laudamotion expands Vienna network in W19". Routesonline. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  13. ^ https://corporate.ryanair.com/news/ryanair-anuncia-un-calendario-de-invierno-2019-record-para-barcelona/
  14. ^ "Ryanair veröffentlicht Sommerflugplan für Bremen". Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  15. ^ "Ryanair Launches Record Prague Summer 19 Schedule". Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  16. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "Novaturas Flights en". Novaturas flights.
  17. ^ "Istanbul New Airport Transition Delayed Until April 5, 2019 (At The Earliest)".
  18. ^ Aviator.aero. "Turkish Cargo launches cargo flights to Riga and Prague".
  19. ^ "Statistics" (PDF). www.riga-airport.com. 2017.
  20. ^ "Passengers statistics". Riga Airport Website.
  21. ^ "Riga Airport rail station contract signed". LSM. 21 March 2018. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  22. ^ "airBaltic flight makes emergency landing at Riga airport". The Baltic Course. 17 September 2016. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  23. ^ "17 flights diverted today due to closed runway at Riga Airport". The Baltic Times. 17 September 2016. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  24. ^ "Incidents ar 'airBaltic' lidmašīnu ietekmējis 1341 kompānijas pasažieri" (in Latvian). www.delfi.lv. 17 September 2016. Retrieved 21 September 2016.

External links

Media related to Riga International Airport at Wikimedia Commons


airBaltic, legally incorporated as AS Air Baltic Corporation, is the flag carrier of Latvia, with its head office on the grounds of Riga International Airport in Mārupe municipality near Riga. Its hub is at Riga International Airport with further bases at Tallinn Airport and Vilnius Airport.


Beberbeķi is a neighbourhood consisting mainly of private houses, it lies on the western edge of the Riga city. Swampy forest Mūķupurvs and Rīga International Airport noise area divides it from the rest of the city. Within the neighborhood is Beberbeķi Park, which contains a small lake used as a beach and ice fishing.

Capital Handling

Capital Handling Riga is a Fixed-base operator certified by the Latvian Civil Aviation Authority and active in all three Baltic states, with the main focus being on Riga International Airport. Established in 2012, Capital Handling operates out of the Business Aviation Terminal located on the northern part of the Riga International Airport. Two heated hangars and MRO facilities are provided for mostly business aviation operators, but also commercial airlines.


Concors Latvian Air Service was an airline based in Riga, Latvia. Founded in 1991, it operated regional and international charter flights out of Riga International Airport between 1995 and 2005.


FBO RIGA is a certified ground handling agent and the operator of the business aviation center at the Riga International Airport. The opening of the new FBO RIGA Business Aviation Center took place in September 2015. The new FBO RIGA complex includes a business aviation terminal with an adjacent car park, a heated hangar, an apron with parking stands for business jets, and a helipad.


Inversija is a cargo airline based in Riga, Latvia. It started operations in March 1991 and undertakes all types of cargo operations, as well as maintenance work for third parties. Its main base was Riga International Airport.

Investment and Development Agency of Latvia

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Latavio (Latvian Airlines) was an airline based in Riga International Airport (RIX), Riga, Latvia. It was founded in 1992, after emerging from Aeroflot. The fleet generally consisted of Soviet-made Aeroflot airplanes.

Liepāja International Airport

Liepāja International Airport (IATA: LPX, ICAO: EVLA) is a regional airport in western Latvia which is certified for international air traffic. Along with Riga International Airport and Ventspils Airport, it is one of the three major airports in Latvia.

List of airports in Latvia

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Latvia (Latvian: Latvija), officially the Republic of Latvia (Latvijas Republika), is a country in the Baltic region of Northern Europe. It is bordered to the north by Estonia, to the south by Lithuania, to the east by the Russian Federation, and to the southeast by Belarus. Across the Baltic Sea to the west lies Sweden. The capital of Latvia is Riga. The local time is GMT+2 (GMT+3 DST).

Riga International Airport is the only major airport in Latvia, carrying around 5 million passengers annually. It is the largest airport in the Baltic states and has direct flights to over 80 destinations in 30 countries. It is also the main hub of airBaltic.

In the recent years airBaltic operated also in Liepāja International Airport as well as Ventspils International Airport but operations in both of these airports were soon ceased. In 2017 airBaltic started to fly to Liepāja International Airport again. As of 2019, airBaltic flies between Riga and Liepāja three times weekly in winter and five times weekly in summer.

Currently there are plans for further development in several regional airports, including Jūrmala Airport, Liepāja, Ventspils as well as Daugavpils International Airport.

List of the busiest airports in the Baltic states

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Mārupe Municipality

Mārupe Municipality (Latvian: Mārupes novads) is a municipality in Latvia. The municipality was formed in 2009 by reorganization of Mārupe parish the administrative centre being Mārupe.

Riga International Airport is located in the municipality. The Latvian Civil Aviation Agency has its head office at the airport.AirBaltic has its head office on the airport property. SmartLynx Airlines has its head office in Mārupe.


RAF-Avia is a Latvian airline headquartered in Riga and based at Riga International Airport.


RusLine (Russian: Авиакомпания «РусЛайн», Aviakompanija «RusLajn») is a regional airline from Russia, which operates mostly domestic regional flights, as well as holiday charters. Its headquarters are located in the Omega Plaza (Омега Плаза) business centre in Moscow, Russia, with the city's Domodedovo International Airport serving as most important base for flight operations.

Spilve Airport

Spilve Airport (Latvian: Spilves lidosta, also given as Rīgas Centrālā Lidosta – Riga Central Airport) is a former civilian and military airport in Latvia located 5 km north of Riga's city centre, from which aircraft took off as early as the First World War. It became the first international airport of Riga in the 1920s and fell into disuse in the 1980s after Riga International Airport was built.

Transeast Airlines

Transeast Airlines was an airline based in Riga, Latvia. Its main base was Riga International Airport, and it started operating scheduled services between Riga and Jönköping, Sweden in May 1993, and between Riga and Billund, Denmark in March 1995. It ceased its operations in 2001.

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Ventspils International Airport

Ventspils International Airport (IATA: VNT, ICAO: EVVA) is an airport 2.7 NM (5.0 km; 3.1 mi) southwest of Ventspils, Latvia. It is the newest airport and, with Liepāja International Airport and Riga International Airport, is one of the three notable airports in the country.

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