On 1st January 2012 a new procedure will be introduced regarding the collection of the charge on the security measures implemented at the airport. All the airlines operating at Riga Airport, with the exception of RYANAIR, have agreed to include the security charge into their air fare, which means that the majority of passengers at the airport will most probably not even notice the difference.
Today, on 21st December, Riga International Airport has broken the record of passenger traffic per calendar year and welcomed the airport’s five-millionth passenger Ms Dace Dižbite- Ose, arriving at the airport at 10:30 a.m. on an airBaltic flight from Oslo.
To celebrate this event, the passengers of the first flight were treated to a special cake in the form of a light bulb, because in Eindhoven brothers Gerard and Anton Philips in 1891 established a small electric bulb factory that over the time grew into one of the world’s biggest manufacturers of electric appliances – Philips. This company has greatly contributed to the development of other businesses and growth of Eindhoven as a major hi-tech and industrial centre. For this reason Eindhoven is often called „the City of Light”.
The airline will perform flights to the new destination twice a week – on Mondays and Fridays.
This year Riga International Airport has provided services to 4.4 million travellers or 60 percent of the entire number of passenger traffic handled by Vilnius, Tallinn and Riga airports. In comparison, Tallinn Airport has handled 1.6 million and Vilnius Airport - 1.4 million passengers.
To celebrate opening of a new route from Riga International Airport to Leeds (Bradford) today, on the 2nd of November, a special cake was made for the passengers of the first flight.
The winter flight schedule at Riga International Airport will list two new destinations – to Leeds (Bradford) and Eindhoven. To several other destinations – Kiev, Munich, Warsaw, Helsinki etc. – the number of flights will be increased and by the end of the year the airport expects its passenger traffic to reach five million.
From January to the end of September 2011 the airport has welcomed almost four million passengers as compared with 3.6 million in 2010. Thus passenger traffic in the nine months of 2011 has exceeded last year’s result for the corresponding period by 11 percent.
On 8 September 2011 the Ministry of Welfare in a solemn ceremony granted the certificates of the family-friendly company status to twelve companies including Riga International Airport.
The Investment and Development Agency of Latvia has approved the project of Riga International Airport on introduction of new services. Within the project framework electronic security control gates (e-gates) will be installed at the airport and a new baggage reconciliation system introduced.
The air carrier Wizz Air on 9 December will commence flights from Riga International Airport to Eindhoven Airport in the Netherlands.