Riga International Airport is poised for a major €200 million renovation of its sixth round. Laila Odiņa, Airport Board Chairman, unveiled plans to modernize and amplify the primary passenger terminal, which hasn’t witnessed considerable changes in half a century. With a focus on updating aged infrastructures, the endeavor will see the integration of advanced explosive detection systems, addressing current terminal structural limitations. Central to the upgrade is the establishment of new pathways directly linking to the imminent “Rail Baltica” railway station, projected to be finalized concurrently with the airport’s reconstruction, and the addition of a multi-level parking facility. The comprehensive renovation is projected to be completed over a 3-4 year period.
In line with global environmental shifts, the airport envisions achieving climate neutrality by 2030, with a shift from traditional gasoline vehicles to electric modes, highlighted by the acquisition of nine electric buses next year. Furthermore, the expansive 24-hectare “RIX Airport City” is in the pipeline, set to host hotels, offices, and leisure areas. Investor discussions are in progress, targeting an agreement by the close of the year.
In a recent tally, Riga Airport, a key aviation hub in the Baltic States, catered to 5.38 million passengers, marking a substantial uptick from past figures, but still short of the 7.8 million recorded in 2019.