Riga Airport seeks investment to aid new cargo complex development
To create the complex, the Airport offers investors an opportunity to acquire building rights for 30 years to a plot of land in an area of 1.5 hectares in the northern part of the Airport territory, where the Airport is developing a specialized air cargo handling area or RIX Cargo City.
According to the tender terms of reference, the investor will have to build an air cargo handling and logistics centre with an area of no less than 4 000 square metres and related infrastructure, providing handling of no less than 5 000 tonnes of cargo per year. However, the capacity of the plot also allows for a larger area of construction of up to 9 000 square metres.
The Airport invites experienced investors to participate in the tender – the tenderer or its partners must be air cargo companies with at least three years of continuous experience in the air cargo handling business in the last five years, ensuring at least 5 000 tonnes of air cargo turnover per year.
The plot of land offered to investors is located next to the Airport's new cargo handling apron, which launched its operations this October. The new apron covers an area of 95 000 square metres and is directly connected to RIX Cargo City area.
Apron’s multi-functional aircraft stands allow flexible planning of aircraft layout and accommodation of even the largest class F and E aircraft, while the underground refuelling hydrant system enables a significant increase in aircraft refuelling capacity and thus service speed, as well as promotes reduction of the risk of environmental pollution.
DHL regional parcel handling complex, the construction of which started this year, will launch its operation in the territory of RIX Cargo City next year.
It is planned that the total cargo handling capacity of RIX Cargo City will exceed 60 000 tonnes per year, allowing Riga Airport to double the turnover of serviced cargo in the coming years.
The volume of air cargo transportation in Latvia consists of four business lines: export and import of high value-added goods, mail and e-commerce, air cargo transit and non-military cargo transit to Afghanistan for the needs of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).
The involvement of SJSC "Latvijas pasts” in the global e-commerce parcel transportation segment in cooperation with the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba and the Post of Russia, also contributes to the development of a successful logistics solution as a result of which, unscheduled cargo charter flights from China are operated to Riga since 2017.
Currently, cargo carriage at Riga Airport is provided by seven airlines: cargo carriers Atlas Air, Atran, Eleron and RAF Avia, as well as courier companies Fedex, UPS and DHL.
Last year, 27.2 thousand tonnes of cargo were handled at Riga Airport, whereas in the first ten months of this year – more than 18 thousand tonnes. The cargo turnover of Riga Airport accounts for more than a half of the total cargo turnover in the Baltic States. ■