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Old July 12th, 2008, 08:41 AM   #1
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RIX | Riga International Airport

Some history:
During the past century Latvian aviation, like the country itself, experienced a number of fateful turning points. The former province of Russia, which won independence after the 1st World War, established small air force and civil aviation, but lost everything due to the Soviet occupation in the summer of 1940. Independence of the country was regained in August 1991.
Riga airport was built in the present location in October 1974. However, it remained unknown for the world operating as the local airport within the former USSR. Only in 1991 Riga destination appeared in the timetables of well-known Western airlines - first SAS, then Lufthansa. And since then it began to develop really fast.

The airport is located 13km southwest of Rīga, 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. The airport is a state-owned joint-stock company, with the owner of all shares being the Latvian government. The holder of the state capital share is Latvia's Ministry of Transport. Rīga International Airport is a hub for airBaltic, LatCharter, RAF-Avia, Vip Avia and Inversija airlines.
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 has begun 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 2013. The airport is currently soliciting bids for airport expansion that encompasses, as the first stage, a construction of a new (fourth) terminal with 23 gates facing north, and in the second stage, seemlessly joining the current airport terminals with the new terminal in a unified architectural entity.
Rīga International Airport is one of three notable airports in Latvia. The other two are the Liepāja International Airport and the Ventspils Airport. Rīga International Airport's biggest air carrier is airBaltic.

pics are a bit old (some expansions have been made since then):
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Old July 12th, 2008, 08:50 AM   #2
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And here's some info, from Gatis, one of the forumers, about Riga International Airport (RIX) future development and extension:

A week ago there was presented the draft design for the planned rebuilding of Riga airport - construction is scheduled to be started at the end of 2009. There has been announced PPP tender on this construction with announcements in "International Herald Tribune" and
"Financial Times". Tender will take place in two stages - in first stage there will be made short-list of maximum 5 consortiums.
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Connection to the city both with railway and tram. Railway should come to the airport at the moment, when 10 mio passengers are serviced. Plan includes also wast improvements to surrounding road network in order to ease access for people coming from Lithuania and Estonia.

4 stages of airport extension have been built so far. In coming years there will be the following stages:
5th stage - Northern terminal with 23 airbridges for airplanes, 510 m long building, 54 400 m2. At this moment Riga will serve 6 mio passengers per year. To be constructed in 3-5 years time.
6th stage - new passenger terminal, 60 200 m2. At this moment 200 mio LVL are invested (some 260 mio EUR).
7th stage - uniting the buildings, which were built in 5th and 6th stage, additionally 37 700 m2.

Total floor area after 7th stage - 152 300 m2. This will be enough to service at least 12 mio passengers per year with comfort.

Here in the background you see the Riga Airport City together with an interesting flyover


View from a point above the Airport City


Height of passenger terminal - 26,5 m


The huge roof will serve for energy production - there will be installed Sun batteries


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Old June 9th, 2010, 04:49 PM   #3
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Old June 9th, 2010, 06:02 PM   #4
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From my Latvia trip in 2008 :





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Old June 9th, 2010, 09:54 PM   #5
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Very cozy airport with very good passenger services. Almost no queues at security, very friendly security, nice view from the terminal to the tarmac..

I fly to RIX almost every month, so I've covered every inch of the airport by now :p.

People who have to wait for a long time for their flight: Before security, go to the ground level (arrival hall / lost luggage desk). If you sit there, you can access the free wifi of the cafe there. It's the only free wifi that I have found in the airport.
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Old October 27th, 2012, 10:39 AM   #6
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Can you tell me pls, NON Shengen area has very small clear zone? What about Duty Free? Is there a choice or only one shop? Thank you )
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Old January 15th, 2013, 12:49 AM   #7
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Very cozi airport, i love it.
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Old May 24th, 2013, 02:12 AM   #8
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Absolutely horrible airport. Its run like Albanian mafia. A slice of pizza in one of the few "eating" establishments costs 18 euros a slice. Small slice. Can you believe that? Shameless exploitation of people stranded in the "Airport"
Its such a small and pathetic hangar that there really arent any other choices but these mafia prizes. Perhaps the pathetic state of Latvia should consider some other sources of hard currency.
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Old May 24th, 2013, 03:00 AM   #9
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Any idea on what went with their expansion plans?
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Old May 24th, 2013, 05:05 AM   #10
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I hope they lose their customers and wither away. Maybe Tallinn or Vilnius treats passengers better. Riga is really quite remarkably bad. Even when its built on pylons and raised from the ground during heavy rain *all* the toilets sewers overflood and there is disgusting filthy water all around the floors that the underpaid employees are desperately trying to remove. World class? No more like soviet class.
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Old May 24th, 2013, 09:44 AM   #11
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Will be there long-haul flights?
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Old May 25th, 2013, 11:12 AM   #12
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Actually, Uzbekistan Airways already several years fly from Tashkent to NYC with stopover in Riga, product is not competitive at all though. If I am not mistaken there are two weekly flights, i am not sure about the present, but half a year ago it was not possible to buy tickets via GDS, AirBaltic should help them as codeshare partner and sell tickets through their website. Apparently, there are certain commercial agreements. By the way, once Japan Airlines brought charter flight from Tokyo. Nothing else as far as I am aware of.
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Old May 28th, 2013, 10:22 AM   #13
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nice information good post
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Old May 28th, 2013, 08:22 PM   #14
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Quite good memories after my trip to/from RIX, not big and that makes it convenient.
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Old May 28th, 2013, 08:57 PM   #15
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Hope to see the new terminal be built someday. The design kinda reminds me of Vienna's new terminal concourse.
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I have told that Uzbekistan is once a week. They wanted to push for two weekly flights, but there was no demand.
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Old July 12th, 2014, 09:05 PM   #17
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The construction of the 5th stage of airport expansion - the northern terminal - will soon start as the airport has signed the 15,94 mio euro contract with Skonto būve construction company. The project has become more down to earth - there will be only 7 new airbridges compared to the pre-crisis project 23. The non-Schengen zone will be expanded and the airport will have 4 more boarding sectors.



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Actual construction of the new terminal has begun

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I would really like to know from someone what the hell is wrong with Air Baltic?
They have a terrible reputation and you will hear bad things from pretty much anyone who has used them!
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It's a low price airline owned by the state of Latvia. The state and politicians use it as a personal money maker and don't really strive for quality. That's basically it.
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