Riga International Airport, the biggest and busiest international airport in the Baltic region of Northern Europe, is located 10km west of Riga, the capital city of Latvia. It is one of the few European airports to attend both full service and low-cost airlines and attends. It serves as a hub for RAF-Avia, Vip Avia, Inversija and SmartLynx Airlines, as well as an operating base for airBaltic and ULCC Wizz Air.
The airport handled 4.8 million passengers, 67,407 aircraft movements and 53,540t of cargo in 2013. The passenger traffic is expected to reach five million a year by 2017.
The airport authority launched the passenger terminal expansion in September 2014 to handle the increasing passenger traffic.
Passenger terminal expansion at Riga International Airport
The passenger terminal expansion project includes the construction of a two storey building called Northern Gateway, which is 214m long and 28m wide. The expansion will take place in the non-Schengen area and will add 23 gates with bridges for passenger boarding. The new building will be located 240m away from the existing terminal and will feature a gallery structure that connects it to the terminal complex.
The latest expansion is the fifth at the terminal and will be carried out in two phases. It aims to improve the quality of services at the airport and the competitiveness of the airport in Europe by attracting new airlines and helping the existing airlines to expand their activity at the airport. Upon completion, the new terminal will also be able to accommodate bigger aircraft.
Financing for the infrastructure development project
The total estimated investment of the infrastructure development project is approximately €115.27m ($146m), €58.5m out of which is financed by European Union’s (EU) Cohesion Fund and €11.74m ($14.9m) by the state budget. The remaining amount is provided by the Riga International Airport.
Infrastructure development at Riga International Airport
In 2010, the Riga International Airport made an agreement with the Latvian Ministry of Transport to implement a programme known as ‘Development of Infrastructure of the Riga International Airport’.
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Construction of the infrastructure development project was started in May 2013 and is scheduled to be completed by 2015. It involves renovation of the runway pavement surface, construction of additional taxiways E and D, renovation of existing taxiways C and G, construction of category II (CAT II) lighting system at the northern end of the runway, reconstruction of Apron 1, 2 and 3, as well as construction of two de-icing areas, a fire station and vehicle washing and waste collection hangars.
Construction of the auxiliary taxiway E, works on the northern de-icing pad, construction of rainwater drainage and airfield drainage system, and the installation of CAT II lighting system were completed in 2013.
The renovation of the runway pavement surface, construction of the southern de-icing pad, vehicle washing hangar and waste management site, reconstruction of Aprons 2 and 3, and renovation of taxiway C were scheduled for completion in 2014. The remaining works are scheduled for completion in 2015.
Construction works for the terminal expansion project are being carried out by Riga-based design and construction company Skonto Buve. Buvalts PMG is supervising the construction, while Arhis Arhitekti, the architecture firm that provided design for the expansion, oversees the entire terminal expansion project.
Latvian branch of the Finnish Pohjola Bank provides €13m ($16.4m) loan for the expansion project.