Rīga airport connects to 51 cities in 24 countries

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Currently, it is possible to fly from the Riga International Airport to 51 cities in 24 countries, Liene Freivalde, director of the aviation services and business development department, said in an interview to Latvian Radio September 9.

Freivalde said that the number of passengers was not increasing as fast as the number of final destinations in recent weeks, due to the self-isolation requirement. “It stops travelers,” Freivalde said.

Last week, flight loads averaged 38%. In July it was nearly 50%, and a year ago an average of 70%-80%.

“The passengers are considering their decision carefully,” the airport spokeswoman said.

The airport has introduced a stricter surveying of travelers. Additional measures have been introduced in cooperation with the Civil Aviation Protection Agency: the number of passengers on each flight is compared to the number of completed surveys received.

“Those indicators are already very good in recent days. There are individual passengers who refuse to complete the questionnaires. Then we pass the data on these passengers to the State Police. The control is really very strict for the requirements to be met,” Freivalde said.

According to her, passengers must complete the questionnaire in paper format and a great deal of work is needed to compile these questionnaires, given that aircraft spend relatively short time at the airport. The airport hopes that electronic system will be introduced as soon as possible.


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