Riga Airport

  •  Last updated on 5 Oct 2023

Riga Airport

Riga International Airport is the largest of all airports in Latvia. Its IATA airport code is RIX and its  ICAO code is EVRA. The airport is the main international gateway to the Baltic States.

History of Riga Latvia Airport

Riga Airport traces its origins back to the early 20th century when it was first established in 1916 as a military airfield during World War I. Over time, the airport expanded its operations and began serving civilian flights as well. In 1974, a new passenger terminal was constructed to accommodate the growing number of travelers. Since then, Riga Airport has undergone significant developments and modernizations to meet the increasing demands of the aviation industry.

The airport was first opened in 1974, with a new terminal being added in 2001 to accommodate the increasing number of passengers. Riga Airport has since undergone multiple expansions and upgrades to improve the passenger experience and increase capacity.

Getting to/from RIX Airport

Situated just 10 kilometers southwest of Riga's city center, Riga Airport offers various transportation options for travelers to conveniently reach their destinations. One popular choice is the airport's excellent public transport connections. Bus services are available, providing regular and direct routes to the city center, as well as other locations in Riga and its surrounding areas. The bus stops are conveniently located just outside the terminal building, making it easy for passengers to access.

For those who prefer private transfer, taxis and car rental services are readily available at the airport. Taxis offer a quick and comfortable way to reach any destination in Riga and beyond. Additionally, car rental agencies provide the freedom and flexibility to explore Latvia's beautiful landscapes and neighboring countries at your own pace.

Facilities in ​​airport of Riga

Riga Airport boasts a modern and efficient terminal building, designed to enhance the passenger experience from the moment they arrive until their departure. The terminal is equipped with a range of amenities and services to cater to the needs of travelers.

Upon arrival, passengers proceed through immigration and customs before accessing the luggage claim area. The airport ensures smooth and hassle-free procedures, allowing travelers to collect their luggage and continue their journey without delay. In the arrivals area, various transportation options are available, including taxis, car rental services, and public transport connections.

For departing passengers, the check-in process is straightforward and efficient, with multiple check-in counters and self-service kiosks available. After completing the check-in, passengers pass through security checks to access the lounge. The departure area where a variety of shopping and dining options is offered, allows travelers to relax or enjoy a meal before their flight.

In addition there are several hotels located nearby, offering comfortable accommodation for passengers with layovers or early-morning departures.

Flights & Airlines

In 2022 Riga Airport handled over 5 million passengers.

International airport Riga offers flights to more than 90 destinations, including major cities in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Some of the most popular destinations are:

  • Helsinki Airport (HEL)
  • Tallinn Lennart Meri Airport (TLL)
  • Vilnius International Airport (VNO)
  • Stockholm Arlanda Airport (ARN)
  • Frankfurt Airport (FRA)
  • Copenhagen Airport (CPH)
  • Oslo Airport (OSL)
  • Vienna International Airport (VIE)
  • Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS)
  • Warsaw Chopin Airport (WAW)

Riga Airport is the hub for several airlines, including airBaltic, SmartLynx Airlines. Other airlines that fly from Riga Airport include:

  • Ryanair
  • Wizz Air
  • Lufthansa
  • Finnair
  • Norwegian Air Shuttle


Our recent data indicates that 23 passengers departing from Riga Airport submitted their flight compensation claims for the amount of 7450 EUR for the last 7 days.

Data shown are estimates, based on internal databases.

Many of the airlines operating in Riga Airport, adhere to the EU 261 regulation of 2004 (EC No 261/2004), which provides rights and protections to passengers in cases of flight delays, flight cancellations, and denied boarding. Under this regulation, passengers may be entitled to compensation, assistance, and reimbursement of expenses, depending on the circumstances of the flight disruption.

In case you have experienced a disrupted flight departing from or arriving at Riga Airport, you can easily check your flight compensation using the flight compensation calculator below.

This article relies on information from open sources for informational purposes only. While we have taken care to ensure accuracy, we cannot guarantee the completeness or timeliness of the information. We are not liable for any errors, omissions, or inaccuracies in the information presented.

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