The representatives from the Latvia’s Ministry of Transport, the Rail Baltica joint venture RB Rail AS and SIA Eiropas Dzelzceļa līnijas, have launched the construction of Riga International Airport station.
“Rail Baltica station at the Riga Airport will strengthen the role of the capital of Latvia as the Baltic and Nordic aviation centre. It will contribute considerably to improving the airport’s connectivity both with our neighbouring countries and within our country, as well as enable Riga Airport as a convenient, modern and multimodal transport and business centre,” Tālis Linkaits, the Transport Minister said at the opening ceremony.
The construction works will be performed in five stages and are expected to be completed in December 2025.
The first stage will include the construction of the Rail Baltica infrastructure from the existing railway station Imanta to the Riga International Airport as well as construction of the station terminal, which is planned to be completed by April in 2023. The construction works will be based on the project of the consortium comprising Rposiv (Sintagma, Italy), Prodex (Slovakia) and Vektors T (Latvia), which won the international competition.
The construction contract for Rail Baltica station, viaduct and railway at Riga International Airport was won by the B.S.L. Infra consortium comprising Swietelsky AG and Latvian construction companies SIA Binders and AS LNK Industries. EUR 236 million is the value of the contract.
It is planned that the construction team will consist of 65 leading specialists of the B.S.L. Infra, whereas during the busiest construction period, the facility will employ more than 300 workers at a time. The construction process will be led by Bernhard Buchner, member of association of persons and representative of Swietelsky.
“We see that Rail Baltica international stations, including the Riga International Airport station, create future value by promoting both the establishment of a convenient and multimodal public transport hub and laying a strong foundation for attracting new investments, forming new partnerships and creating new services,” Agnis Driksna, the RB Rail CEO said.