FBO RIGA open for business
The Baltic States and Scandinavia recently gained a valuable asset to significantly increase the popularity of business aviation travellers through yesterday’s official opening of FBO RIGA Business Aviation Center at Riga International (RIX).
“Latvia has a huge potential for the development of business aviation due to the country’s geographical location,” confirms FBO RIGA Co-Owner Leonid Gorodnitski. “For example, one can easily reach Stockholm, Berlin, Moscow and other European and CIS business centers just within one hour and a half of flight from Riga.”
According to Co-Owner Roman Starkov, the opening of the Center will increase the company’s handling capacity by 35% at the airport, adding that FBO RIGA already handled a good 60% of all busines aviation flights passing through RIX. “We are in negotiations with business aviation operators about aircraft basing and handling at Riga,” he further adds. “We are looking forward to reach an agreement by the end of the year.”
The Center’s total surface closes in on 130,000 sq ft, comprising of a 12.900 sq ft modern business aviation terminal, featuring seating areas, VIP meeting rooms, a bar and even an art gallery, in addition to a conference room, a dispatch and operations control center. Another 90.416 sq ft are dedicated to an aircraft hangar, allowing accommodation for up to five Boeing Business Jets, nine Gulfstream G550s or 20 Learjet-60s. A large apron and helipad are located adjacent to the terminal.
Part of Flight Consulting Group, FBO RIGA aims at becoming a complete one-stop-shop for aircraft, passengers and crew travelling through RIX, now offering a full range of ground handling services, but plans are already underway to include MRO services as well. Total investment of the company amounted close to $14 million.