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New flight routes from Riga Airport this summer season

During this summer season, travelers will have an opportunity to go to a total of 105 direct flight destinations from Riga Airport. Several new flight routes to popular holiday destinations in southern Europe are expected; connectivity with the Balkan region will increase. With the beginning of the summer season, Riga Airport will become a base airport for Norwegian, while flydubai&...

airBaltic 47th Airbus A220-300 aircraft landed in Riga

On February 13, 2024 airBaltic welcomed its 47th Airbus A220-300 jet, registered as YL-ABU, in Riga. This is the first Airbus A220-300 delivery for airBaltic in 2024. It is a part of the 50 Airbus A220-300which airBaltic has ordered. Furthermore, in November 2023, the company announced a firm purchase agreement for 30 more&...

airBaltic launches construction of Baltic Cargo Hub

airBaltic announced its partnership with UPB Nams for the construction of the Baltic Cargo Hub at RIX Riga Airport. This state-of-the-art facility is set to become the largest dedicated air cargo handling center in the Baltics, solidifying Riga Airport position as a leading air cargo hub. The facility will feature direct access to the apron, making cargo imp...

January 2024 Riga Airport handled 420 thousand passengers

RIX Riga Airport handled 420 thousand passengers this January, which is five thousand more than a year earlier. According to preliminary data on the Airport's performance, almost 338 thousand passengers used Riga Airport for direct flights, but the number of transit passengers remains stable at 20 % and exceeded 82 thousand in January. The average occupancy of passenger flights in...

21st group with 16 students begin studies at airBaltic Pilot Academy

On February 5, 2024, the 21st group of 16 students began their professional pilot studies at the airBaltic Pilot Academy. Their aim is to receive a commercial pilot license upon completion of the full-time airline transport pilot program. The 21st group of cadets represents countries such as Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, and the Netherlands. Martin Gauss, Pr...

Riga Airport to implement ambitious development and rebranding projects

RIX Riga Airport will start the implementation of ambitious development plans this year – the construction of the new passenger terminal and work on the creation of RIX Airport City will begin. The company's vision is to become the future travel hub of Northern Europe, which will promote the competitiveness of Latvia in the region and the development of the national economy. To impl...

airBaltic marks 2023 as a year of development

Summarizing the key statistics and milestones of the year 2023, airBaltic announced the previous year has continued the company’s purposeful growth and development, also surpassing many pre-pandemic results. The following report presents data, including count of passengers, flights, destinations, fleet, cargo, employees, technical and operational achievements, and other, which repr...

Families with children can now enjoy more comfortable security checks at Riga Airport

From the beginning of this year, a separate screening line has been set up at the passenger security checkpoint of Riga Airport – a family line for passengers travelling with children under the age of seven.​ The family line is located between the already existing fast-track security screening line and the line for all passengers.​ It can be used both by travellers with children up to t...

SmartLynx Airlines closes the year with a record number of operated flights

In 2023 SmartLynx Airlines made 48% more flights and carried 53% more passengers than the year before. In 2023, the airline increased its fleet from 49 to 67 aircraft, including the first Boeing B737 MAX8 aircraft in the ACMI sector, which significantly boosted its passenger numbers. Over the year 2023, demand for ACMI passenger services continued to grow. This was driven by ai...

airBaltic received its 46th Airbus A220-300 aircraft

December 21, 2023, airBaltic welcomed its 46th Airbus A220-300 jet, registered as YL-ABT, in Riga. This is the seventh Airbus A220-300 delivery for airBaltic in 2023. It is a part of the 50 Airbus A220-300 which airBaltic has ordered. Furthermore, the company has announced a firm purchase agreement for 30 more Air...

airBaltic celebrates seven years of Airbus A220-300 operations

December 2023 is a very special month for airBaltic as it marks a seven year anniversary of Airbus A220-300 operations. Back on December 14, 2016 the first A220-300 commercial flight departed from Riga to Amsterdam. Thus far, airBaltic has carried more than 13 441 000 passengers on the Airbus A220-300 aircraft. Airbus A220-300s&...

By the end of November, the number of passengers at the Riga Airport exceeded 6.1 million

In November 2023, Riga Airport has served 471 thousand travellers, thus the number of passengers since the beginning of the year has exceeded the 6.1 million mark, according to the operational data on the Airport's performance indicators. Taking into account the traffic forecast for December, by the end of the year Riga Airport could serve 6.6 million passengers, which is 1.3 million more than...