Press releases 2009


Today, on the 21st December, RIGA International Airport welcomes its four millionth passenger within one calendar year. That lucky traveller is Linda Kimeiša from Riga.


On 19 January 2010 the Belarusian airline Belavia will launch flights between Riga and Minsk, the capital of Belarus.


Wizz Air, the largest low fare–low cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe announced today that it would enter the Latvian market by opening three new routes from RIGA International Airport starting from 28 March 2010. The initial network will provide flights to London (Luton), Oslo (Torp), and Turku.


By its decision of 29 September 2009 the Cabinet of Ministers has ordered the RL Ministry of Transport by 31 December 2009 to issue information on the solutions of the short- and long-term development of RIGA International Airport. The resolution to divert 80 per cent of the profit to the state budget and the intended four-time reduction of the government subsidy undermine the prospects of sustainable development, attraction of foreign investments and the security and service quality of passengers and airlines.


As of 1st November a new tariff policy becomes effective at SJSC RIGA International Airport with amendments to Cabinet Regulation No 991 „The Procedure for Determination of Payments for the Services of Air Navigation and for Utilisation of the Services of the State Joint Stock Company Riga International Airport, and the Procedure for Distribution of Payments”, providing for a clearer content of services, decreased service costs, amendments in the system of quantity discounts and a more transparent settlement procedure.


Five years ago, on 31 October 2004, the Irish low fares airline Ryanair commenced flights from RIGA International Airport to Tampere (Finland), London/Stansted and Stockholm/Skavsta.


As of 26 October, when the winter flight schedule enters into force, 562 regular flights to 61 direct destinations will be available at RIGA International Airport.


 The Irish budget airline Ryanair during this year’s winter season starting 25 October, will increase the number of flights on routes from Riga to East Midlands, Glasgow (Prestwick), Liverpool, Milan (Bergamo), Brussels (Charleroi), and Dublin.


In the end of this August, RIGA International Airport has opened already a second playground for its younger travelers. The new kids’ room welcomes those transit passengers, who are still below the age to fly alone – without the parents or an authorized person. This service is also available for the kids that have reached the age allowing to travel independently, but whose parents want them to travel under the airport’s stuff guidance.


In August 2009 Riga International Airport welcomed 428 thousand passengers or 8.9 percent more than in August 2008. It was the second month in the history of Riga Airport when the passenger turnover exceeded 400 thousand.

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