20.6 million tonnes of freights were carried by land and pipeline transport, a decrease of 17.8 % compared to a year ago.
In Q1 2023 rail transport freights comprised 4.4 million tonnes, which is 35.4 % less than in Q1 2022. Freights by road comprised 16.2 million tonnes, which is 10.9 % less than in the corresponding period of the previous year.
In Q1 2023 the cargo loaded and unloaded at ports comprised 11 million tonnes, which is 10.6 % less than in Q1 2022. Freight turnover at Riga port was 5.3 million tonnes, 8.6 % less, at Ventspils port – 3.1 million tonnes or 20.9 % less, at Liepāja port – 1.9 million tonnes or 6.8 % less, but at minor ports – 0.7 million tonnes or 29.1 % more.
Freights loaded at ports comprised 7.1 million tonnes, which is 24.2 % less than in Q1 2022. Coal loaded comprised 0.8 million, which was 1.4 million tonnes or 63.8 % less. The volume of freights in containers fell by 11.2 %, of roll on/roll off – by 10.9 %, of oil products loaded – by 30 7 %, of grain and grain products – by 0.9 %, of wood chips – by 2.1 %. But volume of timber increased by 9.3 %.
On the other hand, in Q1 2023, compared to Q1 2022, passenger traffic by all modes of transport has increased.
During Q1 2023, the number of passengers carried by land passenger transport comprised 45.6 million passengers, which is 33.6 % more than in Q1 2022.
The number of passengers carried by rail transport comprised 3.7 million, a rise of 31.1 %. The number of passengers carried by national transport rose by 31.1 %, but the number of passengers carried by international transport by 80 %.
25.6 million passengers were carried by regular bus traffic lines, which is 29.7 % more than a year ago. Number of passengers carried in national lines increased by 29.6 %, but the number of passengers carried in international lines – 1.6 times.
The number of passengers carried by trolleybuses comprised 9.5 million passengers, a rise of 54.3 %, but by trams – 6.8 million passengers, a growth of 25.5 %.
In Q1 2023, 74.1 thousand passengers arrived at and departed from Latvian ports. Their number has increased by 6.8 %, compared to the corresponding period of the previous year. In Q1 ferry traffic at Riga Passenger Terminal was still closed. At Ventspils port passenger turnover comprised 59 thousand passengers, 3.5 % more, but at Liepāja port – 15.1 thousand passengers, 22 % more.
In Q1 2023 the number of passengers arrived at and departed from the Riga International Airport comprised 1.3 million, which is 62 % more than in Q1 2022