2010-05-18

Riga Airport included on list of world's 100 busiest airports for third time

For the third time, Riga International Airport has been included on the list of the world's TOP 100 busiest airlines, compiled by the aviation market research and analysis magazine "OAG Aviation Solutions".

With 70,043 seats that were available in international outgoing flights from Riga the last week of April, Riga Airport placed 97th among the world's busiest airlines.

Other airports in the Baltic and Nordic region included in the TOP 100 are Copenhagen as 21st, Stockholm - 36th, Helsinki - 45th and Oslo - 51st.

Rigamade the TOP 100 list for the first time last year in the period August 24-30, when it placed 98.

The airport serves 82 destinations. For a map, look here.

18 airlines operate out of Riga, including “Lufthansa”, “Finnair”, “Lot”, “air Baltic”, “Aeroflot”, “Norwegian”, “Turkish Airlines”, “Czech Airlines”, “Ryanair”.

The airport has its backbone

Riga, often called the capital of the north, and its airport are a key transportation hub. Several years ago, a modernised and extended runway was opened to serve intercontinental flights and jumbo jets with ease. This was a significant step for Riga Airport in order to become a major northern European air traffic hub. Krišjānis Peters, the airport’s CEO, at the runway’s grand opening, underlined that a runway is “the backbone of any airport.” Now Riga has one.

The reconstructed runway is 3,200 metres in length, 650 metres longer than the previous one. The closest similar category runways can be found at Stockholm “Arlanda” and Helsinki “Vantaa”.

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