As you may well know, the aviation industry has nosedived during this pandemic, as a result of cancellations and lost bookings. However, the Latvian capital is following through with a plan to transform the airport into a major Northern European focal point for airline traffic.
With the aid of Cohesion Fund and their own finance, the airport is investing in large-scale projects worth more than €15 million to upgrade a part of the runway and taxi spaces to >11 km, resume construction of a new terminal, and build a helipad and brand new helicopter and aeroplane stand. With these improvements, Riga Airport (RIX) will be able to expand operational capacity, while at the same time utilize fewer resources and lessen waste and CO2 emissions. Currently, Riga operates direct flights to 76 destinations, making it the largest airport in the Baltic nations, and ambition does not fall short in its growth and sustainability schemes.
The Chairwoman at the Riga Airport Board, Laila Odiņa, explained their upcoming plans and considered Covid-19 pandemic as an opportunity to gain time and resources: “This crisis has given us some extra time to prepare for new challenges. By investing in the development of state-of-the-art infrastructure solutions today, in the future, it will be possible to organize work more efficiently and reduce costs per serviced passenger or aircraft, which will boost the Airport’s competitiveness both in terms of costs and environmental sustainability.”