Latvian carrier airBaltic seeks public’s input on new terminal design

Latvian passenger carrier airBaltic is giving readers of its blog until Nov. 5 to offer their opinion on what a new Rīga terminal for the airline should look like.

From a list of 125 submissions by architects from around the world, airBaltic’s jury has selected the 10 best designs.

The concepts vary from an industrial-looking terminal, to one focused on sustainability, to one that resembles a big wing. The new terminal is expected to eventually serve 14 million passengers annually and become “a permanent architectural symbol of Latvia,” according to airBaltic. Certainly for many visitors to Latvia the terminal would the first—or the last—place they see.

The airline announced the architectural competition in August, according to the Delfi news portal. The winner is to receive an EUR 100,000 prize.

The Top 10 designs may be viewed on airBaltic’s blog,

Rīga terminal design

Latvian carrier airBaltic seeks the public’s input on 10 different terminal designs, including this one. (Image from

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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