MIAMI – Ryanair (FR) will launch a base in Riga (RIX), Latvia in October 2021 and create 16 new international routes for the airport, according to ch-aviation.

The new routes include various frequencies to airports including Warsaw Modlin Airport (WMI) in Poland, Sandefjord Airport, Torp (TRF) serving Oslo in Norway, Aarhus Airport (AAR) in Denmark, Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport (BUD) in Hungary, and Gothenburg Landvetter Airport (GOT) in Sweden along with Rome Ciampino Giovan-Battista Pastine International Airport (CIA), Palermo Falcone e Borsellino International Airport (PMO), and Venice Treviso Sant Angelo Airport (TSF) in Italy.

Further routes out of RIX will include destinations like Bristol International Airport (BRS) in the United Kingdom, Kraków John Paul II International Airport (KRK) in Poland, Kyiv Boryspil International Airport (KBP) and Lviv Danylo Halytskyi International Airport (LWO) in Ukraine, Malaga Costa Del Sol Airport (AGP) in Spain, Memmingen Airport (FMM) and Frankfurt Hahn (HHN) in Germany, and Paris Beauvais-Tille Airport (BVA) in France.

Ryanair Boeing 737 MAX 200 Photo: Brandon Farris/Airways – @brandon_farris_photography

A Boost for Ryanair and Riga

FR in a statement said that it will be creating 60 direct jobs while moving in US$200m into the RIX base. Furthermore, the route will spark heavy competition with local carrier airBaltic (BT) with the two airlines sharing some of the routes.

As FR Commercial Director Jason McGuinness said, “when other airlines are reducing their workforce, we’re delighted to be making further investments in both our people and in airports throughout Europe.”

Featured image: Ryanair Boeing 737-800. Photo: John Leivaditis/Airways – @athspotting