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Study Tour to Riga International Airport

05.10.2018  09:11

The Royal Danish Embassy in collaboration with Riga International Airport is organizing a study tour, on 21 - 22 November 2018, within the aviation sector due to upcoming development projects at Riga International Airport.

The main objective of the visit is to map out the opportunities for Danish companies within the aviation sector. Both to be involved in upcoming tenders and to establish the relevant contacts with key stakeholders. The companies will get a better understanding of the new tenders, and possible solutions and services to target the market. There is a strong affiliation between Copenhagen Airport and Riga International Airport. It has been explicitly mentioned by the CEO of Riga International Airport that Copenhagen Airport is a model in terms of both concept and design. 


Background information

According to the Airport Council International’s (ACI) report on airport performance in Europe, Riga International Airport was the second fastest growing airport in Europe in the 2nd quarter of 2018.

The number of passengers handled by Riga International Airport in the second quarter of 2018 grew by 17.4% compared to the previous year. In July 2018, the airport experienced growth yet another time, when 739,403 passengers were served at Riga International Airport, which is 14.4% more than in the same period last year. Moreover, the airport is the only airport in the Baltic countries, which has been repeatedly recognised as one of the fastest growing European airports in 2018. Riga International Airport is the largest air traffic hub in the Baltics. The 20 airlines operating at Riga International Airport offer more than 70 destinations in the winter season and 100 in the summer season. In 2017, Riga airport handled over 6 million passengers - 45% of the entire Baltic air passenger traffic.


Upcoming Development plans at Riga International Airport:

Airport cargo city in 2020

  • Building of new apron for 4 wide body aircraft
  • Hydrant refuelling system
  • New DHL logistic terminal
  • New multi-tenant Logistics terminal

In relation to Rail Baltica 2025    

  • Airport and Riga city connection 8-12 min ride
  • Airport train station connected to the terminal        

Terminal Expansion 2022

Planned investment amount approx. €60 MM

  • Additional area of 30 000 sq.m.
  • New check-in area, departure & arrival areas
  • Baggage sorting facilities
  • Car parking and commercial premises
  • Extended security areas

New ATC tower – construction 2023    

  • Remote towers for Latvian regional airports
  • New ATC management system for traffic capacity increases
  • Establishing air navigation systems etc.    

Business Park Development

40 ha – investment of approx. €300 MM 

  • New hotels
  • Offices
  • Exhibition and conference centre
  • Logistics area
  • Entertainment area

The Program:

The embassy offers a 2-day program where the following key elements will be included:

  • Welcome and market briefing by the Danish Ambassador
  • Presentation of airport development plans by Ilona Lice, CEO, and Arturs Saveljevs, Member of the Board, at the Riga International Airport
  • Site visits in the airport territory
  • Meeting with Latvijas Gaisa Satiksme (Air navigation services in Riga Flight Information region)
  • RIX Ground Handling (an operational department of SJSC "Riga International Airport" offering full ground handling services for all airlines at Riga International Airport)
  • AirBaltic
  • Ministry of Transport, the Head of the Aviation Department
  • Networking dinner with relevant stakeholders hosted by the Danish Ambassador

Participation Fee 

Danish Aviation Group members: 10.550 DKK

Non-members: 14.325 DKK

Transport and Accomodations

The participants shall make a flight reservation and hotel booking. However, the Embassy will be pleased to assist in regards to hotels and recommendation of possible flights.




Commercial Officer

Phone + 371 67226210 EXT.32 /Mobile +371 29297204

Embassy of Denmark, Riga