Riga International Airport (RIX)

1. Airport Overview

2. History and Background

  • Founding Year: 1973
  • Development Timeline:
    • 1973: Airport opens
    • 2001: Major terminal expansion
    • 2016: Completion of further expansions and modernizations
  • Significant Events:
    • 2019: Record passenger traffic of over 7.8 million
    • 2020: Adaptations and improvements in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

3. Facilities and Services

  • Passenger Services:
    • Lounges: Primeclass Business Lounge, VIP Lounge
    • Wi-Fi: Free unlimited Wi-Fi available throughout the airport
    • Baggage Services: Lost & Found, baggage wrapping, and storage
  • Shopping and Dining:
    • Shops: Duty-free, local Latvian products, and international brands
    • Restaurants: Costa Coffee, TGI Friday’s, Bite, and more
  • Transportation:
    • Public Transport: Buses, taxis
    • Car Rentals: Avis, Hertz, Europcar, Sixt
    • Parking: Short-term and long-term parking options
    • Shuttles: Hotel shuttles and city shuttles available
  • Accessibility: Services for passengers with reduced mobility, accessible restrooms, dedicated assistance teams

4. Terminals and Layout

  • Terminal Information:
    • Single terminal serving both domestic and international flights
  • Airport Layout Map: Interactive Map

5. Flights and Airlines

  • Airlines: AirBaltic, Ryanair, Wizz Air, Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines, and many more
  • Destinations: Over 100 destinations worldwide including London, Frankfurt, Moscow, and Istanbul
  • Flight Status: Real-time Flight Status

6. Travel Tips and Information

  • Check-In Procedures: Check-in counters open 2-3 hours before departure; online check-in available
  • Security: Comprehensive security procedures; separate lines for families and business travelers
  • Customs and Immigration: Passport control for non-Schengen flights, customs checks for arriving international passengers

7. Hotels and Accommodation

  • On-Site Hotels:
    • Sky High Hotel
  • Nearby Hotels:
    • Wellton Riverside SPA Hotel
    • Radisson Blu Latvija Conference & Spa Hotel
    • Park Inn by Radisson Riga Valdemara

8. Airport Lounges

  • Lounge Access:
    • Primeclass Business Lounge: Access with Priority Pass membership, or for a fee
    • VIP Lounge: Access for a fee, offering a more premium experience
  • Lounge Amenities: Complimentary food and beverages, Wi-Fi, workstations, relaxation areas

9. Business and Conference Facilities

  • Business Centers: Available in the Primeclass Business Lounge with workstations and meeting rooms
  • Meeting Rooms: Available at nearby hotels such as Wellton Riverside SPA Hotel

10. Airport Statistics

  • Passenger Traffic: Approximately 7.8 million passengers annually (pre-COVID)
  • Flight Operations: Over 83,000 flight movements annually
  • Cargo: Handles over 27,000 tons of cargo annually

11. Future Developments

  • Upcoming Projects: Expansion plans including new terminal developments and increased capacity
  • Renovation Plans: Ongoing upgrades to terminal interiors, security, and passenger facilities

12. Traveler Experiences

13. Photo Gallery

  • Images:
    • Exterior view of the terminal complex
    • Interior shots of check-in areas, lounges, and dining options
    • Aircraft on the tarmac

14. Useful Links

15. Contact and Support

  • Customer Support:
  • Feedback: Feedback form available on the official website

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