Rīga Airport hopes to serve 2 million passengers this year

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This year, two million passengers could be served at Riga International Airport in best case scenario - about as many as last year, said Laila Odiņa, Chair of the airport board, in an interview with Latvian Radio August 3.

She said that the number of passengers was currently increasing, for example, July had almost 50% more passengers than June, but Odiņa was no longer predicting such a rapid increase in August. She estimated that this month, growth could be around 15%. In September, the growth could slow down.

For the autumn months, there is no clarity yet as the Covid-19 situation will have to be taken into account.

Odiņa also said that losses are projected to be higher than last year, i.e. around €18 million, while last year the airport had a loss of €15.5 million. She said that the state aid received at the end of June would help cover them, as well as settle the company's commitments.

Many air carriers have resumed their flights, and some new charter companies have arrived. The most popular destination for carriers in this area is now the Turkish resort of Antalya, to which several airlines fly.


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