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2014

In the year 2014, from Riga International Airport 83 destinations were available in the summer season and 66 destinations – in the winter season. Over the year, fifteen new destinations were introduced. The Latvian national carrier   airBaltic in 2014 commenced flights from Riga International Airport to Aberdeen, Gothenburg, Burgas, Bucharest, Moscow (Vnukovo Airport) and Poprad.

Four new destinations from Riga were opened by Wizz Air, the largest budget airline in the Central and Eastern Europe, from 2014 offering flights to Paris, Dortmund, Doncaster and Barcelona. At the same time, the Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair started to fly from Riga International Airport to Cologne (Germany), and the carrier Brussels Airlines – to Brussels.

As in the previous year, flights to the biggest number of destinations from Riga in 2014 was provided by the Latvian national airline airBaltic.

Riga International Airport in 2014 welcomed 4.8 million travellers or 0.4% more year on year. The number of transfer/transit passengers accounted for 29% of the total passenger traffic and the most popular destinations chosen by the passengers travelling through Riga International Airport were Tallinn, Vilnius, Helsinki, Moscow and Stockholm.

Of the total passenger traffic in 2014, almost 56 % were carried by the national airline airBaltic, and 16 % – by the airline Ryanair. The most popular destinations were London, Moscow, Frankfurt, Helsinki and Oslo. The leading destination of charter flights was Antalya as well as Heraklion, Hurghada and Burgas.

The Ground Handling Department of Riga International Airport in 2014 achieved a high punctuality ratio. By demonstrating high quality and professionalism in serving airlines, the Ground Handling Department reached 99.73 per cent punctuality, which is an outstanding result in the aviation industry.

On 12 June 2014, Riga International Airport welcomed the world’s largest aircraft An-225Mrija.  An-225 Mrija is a cargo aircraft built in the USSR in the 80ies of the 20th century. The aircraft was engaged to carry the military equipment of the Latvian soldiers to the location of the EU   military operation in the Central African Republic. For the second time, An-225 landed at Riga Airport on 24 November 2014. 

In October 2014, Riga International Airport celebrated its 40th anniversary. In honour of the anniversary, various events took place, the most conspicuous of which was a light projection of images on the facade of the airport terminal greeting the airport personnel, passengers and visitors. 

By laying a capsule with an address to the future generations into the foundation, Riga International Airport in November 2014 commenced construction of a new pier. Stage 1 of the airport terminal development envisages expansion of the non-Schengen area and building of four new boarding gates, which will improve the airport’s service quality. Upon completion of the construction works, the new pier will be able to handle larger aircraft thus increasing the airport’s capacity.