Riga International Airport
The building of the RIGA International Airport was built in October 1974. At that time it operated as the local airport within the territory of former USSR. It was the administrative component of “Aeroflot” without the rights to manage independently. Only after the restoration of Latvian independence in 1991, the resolution of the government of the Republic of Latvia the former affiliate of “Aeroflot” was divided into three economically independent companies: “Latvijas Gaisa satiksme”, airline “Latvijas aviolīnijas”, as well as the national airport company “Riga” that included the international airport “Riga”, “Liepāja” and „Daugavpils”.
Since 1993 the RIGA International Airport has implemented several large modernization and expansion projects including waiting-rooms for business-class passengers, VIP centre, computerized information system and computerized tickets and luggage registration system. The first largest reconstruction works – rehabilitation of runway and change of illumination system – took place in 1994. The airport building receives a new annex, the staff at the check-in hall receives new counters, business - class travelers enjoy a new “Solo” club, while the general public is offered a new waiting area. The number of direct destinations reaches 26. The number of airlines grows to 23.
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