Half of all flights at Rīga Airport in March were operated by the national airline airBaltic, followed by the Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair with 25.1 % of the total number of flights, an airport information release said.
Due to the geopolitical situation, the number of transfer passengers at the Airport decreased in March. Previously, the share of transit passengers in the total number of passengers ranged from 15 to 20 %, but in March it dropped to 10 % of the total number of passengers.
Due to the sanctions imposed on Russia, the air cargo turnover also decreased last month – less than 1 500 tonnes of cargo were handled at Rīga Airport in March, with the number of cargo flights decreasing by 38 % as compared to March last year.
“The geopolitical situation and the sanctions imposed on Russia have affected the flow of transit passengers and cargo at Rīga Airport; however, in general, with the start of the summer season, the number of flights is still increasing, and the number of passengers carried has reached and even exceeded the forecasts. In cooperation with our partners, we are also looking for alternative solutions to restore our cargo flow,” said Laila Odiņa, Chairperson of the Airport Board.
In the first quarter of 2022, the Airport handled a total of 6.4 thousand tonnes of cargo, which is 13 % more than a year before.
During the same period, a total of 778,300 passengers and 10,900 flights were handled at Rīga Airport, reaching 54 % of the number of passengers and 60 % of the number of flights before the pandemic.
In the first quarter of 2021, the Airport handled just 33,275 passengers, as Covid travel restrictions took their toll on the aviation industry. Since then the Airport's fortunes have been gradually recovering.