New pier raises Riga’s status as regional hub

Airport pier to boost passenger numbers to 7 million
Riga International Airport opened its new Northern Pier this week, with officials projecting it would significantly raise passenger numbers from 5.16 million in 2015 to 7 million.
The €26 million expansion will promote Latvia’s competitiveness, Transport Minister Uldis Augulis stressed, explaining that the country’s development as a regional hub is one of the cornerstones of the country’s growth.
“The pier is a valuable investment that will help attract long-distance flights and transit passengers to the airport,” he said.
Cooperation with the Rail Baltica project will be the next big challenge for Riga International Airport, the minister added, as it envisages the construction of a rail station at the airport.
Riga International Airport CEO Armands Jurjevs said that the new Northern Pier would also promote the growth of Latvia’s national carrier airBaltic.
The two-floor pier has 19 new boarding gates, three air bridges, two new stores, five cafés, play areas for children and a passenger lounge.
Total floor space is 9,828 square metres, and together with premises for arriving passengers and the terminal’s connecting gallery built during the first phase of the project, the floor space reaches 17,340 square metres.
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