RIGA International Airport

RIGA International Airport

The building of the RIGA International Airport was built in October 1974. At that time it operated as the local airport within the territory of former USSR. At that time it was the administrative component of "Aeroflot" without the rights to manage independently. The incomes of the airport were sent to the central accounting bills of "Aeroflot" in Moscow and then they were distributed among the airports of USSR and affiliated of the airline "Aeroflot". Only after the restoration of Latvian independence in 1991, the resolution of the government of the Republic of Latvia the former affiliate of "Aeroflot" was divided into three economically independent companies:"Latvijas Gaisa satiksme", airline "Latvijas aviolīnijas", as well as the national airport company "Riga" that included the international airport "Riga", "Liepāja" and "Daugavpils".

Since 1993 the RIGA International Airport has implemented several large modernization and expansion projects including waiting-rooms for business-class passengers, VIP centre, computerized information system and computerized tickets and luggage registration system.

In 2000, the construction of a new 2-floor block along with the reconstruction of the existing part of the terminal building and external communications has started in the middle of the summer. Soon the airport will also receive a new central apron and maneuvering roads on the area of 13 ha.

In 2004, the construction of a new building connected with the existing terminal starts at the North facade of the terminal. This year the RIGA International Airport is one of the few European airports offering both full service and low costs airlines. According to the evaluation of the airline "Finnair", the RIGA International Airport has the most precise flight attendance getting ahead of the airports in Peking and Hong Kong. "Lufthansa" awards the airport the title "Airport of November 2004". At the international "Routes" conference, RIGA International Airport receives the "Airport Marketing Award".

Since 2004, when Latvian joined the European Union, traveling had become easier. The airport experiences the increase in the number of passengers. This year for first time the airport serves one million passengers.

In 2007, for the third year in a row the RIGA International Airport experiences a sharp growth in the passenger traffic and flights becoming the largest airport in the Baltic’s. The number of the passengers of the Riga airport is close to the numbers of Tallinn and Vilnius airports together. RIGA International Airport is the most rapidly growing airport not only in the Baltic, but in all Europe.

In 2008, RIGA International Airport continues its rapid growth already for the fourth year despite the crisis in the aviation. More than 3 160 000 passengers use the airport in 2007, which is 26,7% more than in 2006. The average increase of the number of passengers in 2008 is 18,5%.

According to ACI Europe (Airports Council International), in January 2009 the RIGA International Airport has served 10,3 percent more passengers compared with the previous year. At the same time the total volume of European passenger traffic has decreased by 10,7 percent in comparison with January 2008.

In May of 2009 RIGA International Airport has won the prestigious RoutesandOAG (Official Airline Guide) Airport Marketing Award in Europe as the best airport in Scandinavia and the Baltics leaving behind Copenhagen and Stockholm airport.

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RIGA International Airport RIGA Airport 10/1
Riga LV 1053

Contact Info
(+371) 29311187, Calls from Latvia- 1187

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