Riga Airport Information

Riga International Airport (IATA: RIX) was built in 1973 as an alternative to Spilve, which had become outdated. It is 5.4 NM (10.0 km; 6.2 mi) west of Riga, the capital of Latvia. It is the largest airport in the Baltic states and is directly connected to over 60 destinations in 30 countries. Renovation and modernization of the airport was completed in 2001, coinciding with the 800th anniversary of the founding of the city.

In 2006, the new north terminal extension was opened. The airport has three terminals: A & C for non-Schengen, and B for Schengen departures. Arrivals 1, in terminal A, handles the Schengen arrivals, while Arrivals 2, in terminal C, handles the non-Schengen arrivals. Also, 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 Latvian Government also plans to build another terminal capable of handling 20 million passengers a year. The first part of this project began in 2008. The airport also plans to build new hotels, a business park, a second pier, new parking, a second runway, a new control tower, a new high-speed tram link or railway to the city centre, and a new check-in hall, all by 2011.

The following airlines have scheduled services to Riga International Airport as of May 2010:

  • Aeroflot
  • Aerosvit
  • airBaltic
  • Belavia
  • Czech Airlines
  • Finnair operated by Finncomm Airlines
  • LOT Polish Airlines
  • Lufthansa
  • Norwegian Air Shuttle
  • Ryanair
  • TAROM
  • Turkish Airlines
  • Uzbekistan Airways
  • Wind Jet
  • Wizz Air

The above mentioned information is taken from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riga_International_Airport