FBO Riga marks five years of operations


FBO Riga is this month celebrating five years of growth and expansion of its services since its opening in September 2015 .

Part of Flight Consulting Group, FBO Riga was the first FBO in the Baltic States to receive the IS-BAH Stage II certificate to confirm its safety levels for ground handling operations. The FBO has also been recognized as the one of the leading FBOs in Europe in Sapphire Pegasus Business Aviation Awards.

FBO Riga opened in September 2015 and in 2018 launched helicopter charters in partnership with GM Helicopters and a catering service in cooperation with Resto-Rātors holding. In 2019, international MRO provider JF Service launched its facility for line and base maintenance of Gulfstream G450, G550, G650 and Bombardier CL-300/350/850 aircraft types at the FBO.

Also last year, following new EU aviation security regulations, FBO Riga installed modern explosive detection equipment enabling faster baggage and hand luggage preflight inspections.

The FBO RIGA has a comfortable crew briefing facility with a lounge area, a workplace, free wifi and hot drinks. This is located in a sterile area to help save time  and money for crews and operators working  flights with a short turnaround.  FBO Riga’s concept of crew briefings has underpinned the launch of Flight Consulting Group’s ground handling facilities across the Baltic States airports, including Tallinn, Tartu and Kaunas.

In 2020, a new passenger lounge was opened in the transit area of the FBO Riga terminal to facilitate a growth in transit traffic. An ongoing reconstruction of the apron being performed by the Riga Airport will also create new aircraft parking places near the FBO RIGA terminal as well as a new helipad which will allow take-off and landing operations regardless of the airport’s runway schedule. The reconstruction works are expected to finish before the end of this year.

“At the early design stage of the FBO Riga complex, we anticipated all the nuances and laid a solid foundation for further development. This allows us to easily upgrade our infrastructure, install advanced equipment and launch new services. This helps FBO RIGA to evolve and meet the new industry trends and needs of our customers”, said Leonid Gorodnitski, co-owner of FBO Riga.

“ We didn’t want to mirror others, so we chose a concept of a boutique terminal in our FBO. Similarly to boutique hotels, this concept means the exclusivity of services, personalized approach, unique interior design and exceptional functionality. Today, we can confidently say that it was a right decision! Every day we receive the highest marks of our services from customers and partners”, said Roman Starkov, co-owner of FBO RIGA.

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