Baltic gateway to Latvia

Riga International was one of the five fastest-growing airports in Europe last year. Luigi Vallero hopped across the Baltic to discover the secrets of its success.


Riga became an important Baltic hub following the fall of the Soviet Union. (All pictures author except where stated)

The capital of Latvia, the largest of Baltic Republics, has firmly established itself as an air hub for Northern Europe over the last 20 years. Its rise to prominence is the result of a carefully planned strategy that has been executed by the management teams at Starptautisk lidosta R ga (Riga International Airport, RIX) and the country’s national carrier airBaltic.

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