Riga Airport opens new gates for non-Schengen passengers

From September 16, Riga Airport passengers who are travelling to countries outside the Schengen Area will have access to new boarding gates and spacious lounges, according to an announcement on the Airport's website.

The construction works have finished, revealing an expanded non-Schengen area with three new boarding gates and more space for arriving passengers.

“Over the last years, substantial investments have been made into the development of the airport, which is a contribution to stronger competitiveness of the Latvian economy. Caring for the safety of the air travel, we have built appropriate infrastructure improving the environment and increasing the airport’s capacity and expanded the terminal to make it more comfortable for the passengers with better quality of our services,” said Andris Liepiņš, Chairman of the Board of Riga International Airport.

The construction was done by Skonto Būve, while the building inspection was carried out by the general partnership Būvalts P.M.G. The authors of the construction design are Arhis Arhitekti.

A tender is open for the second construction phase of the terminal development. When the construction of the new terminal is finished, there will be 19 new boarding gates, three air bridges, new commercial areas and spacious and comfortable passenger lounges, greatly boosting the airport's capacity. The second phase of the construction works is scheduled to be finished by autumn 2016.

The current capacity of the terminal allows providing quality services to 3.5 million passengers per year, while the estimated number of passengers to be handled by the airport per year is expected to reach five million, hence the plans for expansion.

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