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RIX Airport: Riga International Airport

The Riga airport is an international airport in Latvia. It is located around 17 kilometers from the Latvian capital Riga and is the country's most important airport and one of the most important airports in the Baltic region. The airport is still owned by the state and managed by the Latvian Ministry of Transport. The flight operations were opened in 1973 under the auspices of Aeroflot. From 1993 to 2001 the buildings and the runways were extensively modernized, so that the airport is now one of the most modern. It has a terminal and a runway and is one of the fastest growing airports in Europe. More than 4 million passengers are handled there every year. In addition, almost 7,770 tons of air freight are handled. A total of around 57,000 aircraft movements are required for passenger and cargo flights each year. Destinations all over the world are served from Riga. Outside Europe, New York, Tel Aviv, Dubai, Sharm El Sheik or Tashkent are among the destination airports. There are flights to almost all major airports in Europe. These include Moscow, Barcelona, ​​Paris, London, Amsterdam, Rome, Vienna or Stockholm. Destinations in Germany are Frankfurt, Munich, Berlin, Bremen, Hamburg, Düsseldorf and Hanover. Riga Airport is used by 13 airlines. These are airBaltic, Aeroflot, Uzbekistan airways, Finnair, Lufthansa, Czech Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Smartlynx, Ryanair, Norwegian Air, Wind Jet, Bulgarian Air and LOT. The "Welcome to Riga" office is located on the first floor of the arrivals hall. There, arriving passengers can find out about the airport and the city's sights. If they wish, they can even book a hotel room there.

Airport information Riga

  • Airport location: Riga Airport is located west of the city center. The distance to the city center is around 17 kilometers.
  • Address: RIGA International Airport, RIGA Airport 10/1, Marupes region, Riga, LV-1053, Latvia
  • Phone: The airport telephone number is: 67 20 71 35. The country code is +371, dial as: 00371.
  • Local time: The corresponding time zone is Central European Time (CET) + 2 hours.
  • To eat and drink: If you only want to rest briefly while waiting and have a drink or a small snack, you can sit in one of the bars at Riga Airport. There are also large restaurants there, where you can choose from a diverse menu. The bars, cafes and restaurants in the public area have fixed opening times. In the passenger area, the catering facilities are only closed shortly before the last flight of the day takes off, so that they are always open as long as passengers are present.
  • Money / finance Swedbank operates a bank counter on the second floor of arrivals area C. The Parex Banka counter is on the first floor of Arrivals E. The banks are open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on most days. If you just want to change money, you can turn to one of the three exchange services located at Riga Airport. The opening times of the exchange services are based on the operating times for air traffic. The country's currency is the Latvian Lat, abbreviated as LVL.
  • Telecommunications: In cooperation with the operator WiFi, a wireless LAN network was set up at Riga Airport, which passengers can use to establish a wireless Internet connection. There is an Internet kiosk in Arrivals Hall E, where computer terminals with Internet access are set up. They can be operated with coins. If you want, you can also use the Internet connections in the Internet cafés or the WiFi network in Café Coffee Nation. There are also several public telephones at Riga Airport that use coins or phone cards.
  • Shops: There are various shops at Riga Airport that invite you to go on a shopping tour at the airport. The offer ranges from jewelry, bags and clothing to food, flowers and gifts. The shops are open until 10 p.m. most days. There are various duty-free shops in the passenger area behind passport control. Souvenirs, perfumes, jewelry or spirits are offered there.
  • Luggage: Luggage storage at Riga Airport is located on the first floor of Area E. Passengers can drop off their luggage there if they want to leave the airport briefly. The fees depend on how long they are kept at the airport.
  • Meeting and business facilities: There are several rooms for conferences, meetings or seminars at Riga Airport. The smallest can accommodate 6 people and the largest can accommodate 40 people. The rooms are equipped with the latest technology, including Internet access, fax machines, telephones and copiers. Various service packages can be booked for the rooms, some of which also include a catering service. You can find out more about the rooms and book them by calling + 3 71 67 20 71 32.
  • Airport hotel: There is no hotel that is located directly at Riga Airport. There are several hotels in the vicinity, such as the Maritim Park Hotel, the Hotel Riga or the Hanza Hotel.
  • Passengers with reduced mobility: Riga Airport is handicapped accessible. There are large elevators to all of the higher floors, and toilets for the disabled can also be found in the terminal. On request, passengers with disabilities can be provided with an escort service who will support them at the airport and bring them to the airport or exit.
  • Children's facilities: Riga Airport is child-friendly and has several play areas for children. The little ones can also take a look at the toy shops at the airport. For parents with small children, there are changing rooms where they can look after their children.
  • Other facilities: There is an airport church on the third floor of the terminal, which is open to all guests 24 hours a day. The airport post office is located on the second floor of the terminal and is mostly operated during normal opening hours.
  • Airport Lounges: The Airport Lounge is located at Riga Airport on the ground floor of the departure hall. It is open to business and first class passengers. They can relax there in peace and wait for their flight. Internet connections, newspapers, television, and snacks and drinks are available in the lounge.
  • Arrival and departure from Riga Airport

    Parking facilities: There are several parking options at Riga Airport where passengers can park their cars if they are arriving with them. Short-term parking spaces have been set up in the immediate vicinity of the terminal. The walk to the entrance is only short, but the parking fees are the highest there. There you pay 1 LVL for the first hour of idle time and then 2 LVL for each additional hour. One day costs LVL 20 parking fee. Cars that are parked at Riga Airport for several hours, days or even a whole week should best be parked in the long-term parking spaces. Of these, P2 is the closest to the terminal. From there it is just under 400 meters to the airport building. Car park P3 is located near the airport museum. The parking fees for the long-term car park and the P3 car park are cheaper. For the first day of idle time you pay 6 LVL, from the 2nd to the 11th day 3 LVL per day and every additional day for 2 LVL.
  • Rental car: The car rental companies Avis, Budget, Hertz, National and Sixt operate a branch at Riga Airport. You can rent your vehicle directly at the airport, but you can also reserve it in advance. The latter is a good idea because it is often cheaper and the car is then ready at the airport.
  • Cars: The only access road to Riga Airport is the state road P133. It turns off the main state road (motorway) A10. The best way to get to the airport from the city center is to take the A10 westwards. If you are coming from the northern parts of the city, you can also drive west on the A6 and turn onto the A10. The airport is well signposted on the streets.
  • Taxi: The taxi stand is right in front of the airport building. Taxis are always available there during flight operations. A taxi from Riga Airport to the city center takes around 15 minutes. The trips are billed according to kilometers. Each kilometer driven costs LVL 0.50. There is also a travel fee of LVL 1.50.
  • Bus: The bus line 22 of the local public transport company connects Riga Airport with the city center of Riga. Between 5:30 a.m. and 12:45 a.m., they leave Riga Airport every ten to thirty minutes. A bus ride to the city center takes about 30 minutes. Tickets can be bought directly from the driver on the bus. They cost LVL 0.50 for one trip. There is also the international bus connection Riga – Tallinn – Riga. This line connects the Baltic states with one another. The bus stop is located directly opposite the terminals near the short-term parking spaces.
  • Train / train / underground: There is no direct train or metro connection to Riga Airport. However, you can take bus number 22 to the city center and change to the Latvian rail network there.
  • Miscellaneous: AirBaltic offers a shuttle service from the airport to the city center. Passengers can be brought to their destination in Riga by minibuses. A trip to the city center costs 3 LVL per person. Various hotels offer a shuttle service from the hotel to the airport. These include the SAS Radisson Hotel, the Park Hotel, the Hotel Mara and the Island Hotel.
  • Particularities: There is an airport museum at Riga Airport. Interested passengers can find out more about the history and development of the airport there. Those who would like to take a look behind the scenes of flight operations can also take part in an airport tour. During the tour, you can get right up to the aircraft on the apron.
  • Terminal plan: http://www.riga-airport.com/en/main/züge/useful-information/terminal-and-territory-plan
  • Website:http://www.riga-airport.com/
Status: August 2010 - current information can be found on the airport website.