2004 - 2007

2004

The construction of a new building connected with the existing terminal starts at the North facade of the terminal. This year the RIGA International Airport is one of the few European airports offering both full service and low costs airlines. According to the evaluation of the airline “Finnair”, the RIGA International Airport has the most precise flight attendance getting ahead of the airports in Peking and Hong Kong. “Lufthansa” awards the airport the title “Airport of November 2004”. At the international “Routes” conference, RIGA International Airport receives the “Airport Marketing Award”.

Since 2004, when Latvian joined the European Union, traveling had become easier. The airport experiences the increase in the number of passengers. This year for first time the airport serves one million passengers.

Thirteen airlines provide direct flights to 30 cities. The most popular destinations are Copenhagen, London and Helsinki.

2006

The reconstruction of the passport control and safety control zones makes the airport ready for higher passenger traffic. The VIP centre expands. The airship attendance machinery – passenger ramps, airplane pushers, luggage trolleys, etc. – make the airport even more comfortable.

At the end of 2006 the airport announces a tender for the right to lease of land of the business park territory near the airport. “EBO International” wins the contest and signs a contract accompanied by a detailed plan for three, three and a half and four star hotels, office buildings, a conference and an exhibition centre – all surrounded with a park and green within 3-5 years. The airport will become a city within itself once these buildings are finished. From a place of arrivals and departures the airport will become an important public centre.

Sorting complex of “Latvijas Pasts”, cargo centres and “SAS” pilot academy already operate on the territory of the business park. Production complex and “Preses nams” logistics centre will be finished soon.

The number of airlines reaches 16, the number of direct destinations – 43. London, Dublin and Copenhagen are among the most popular.

2007

For the third year in a row the RIGA International Airport experiences a sharp growth in the passenger traffic and flights becoming the largest airport in the Baltic’s. The number of the passengers of the Riga airport is close to the numbers of Tallinn and Vilnius airports together. RIGA International Airport is the most rapidly growing airport not only in the Baltic, but in all Europe.

The new departure terminal opens in March for the passengers traveling to the non-Schengen Agreement zone countries. Changes in the of company strategy and important continuous investments in reconstruction and updating of terminal areas facilitate the rapid development of the airport. International Air Transport Association (IATA) forecasts average 12,1% annual increase of air traffic in Latvia until 2011, which is the most rapid increase among the countries where the annual number of passengers exceeds two millions.

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