Rīga airport passenger number down 87% in first four months of 2021

From January to April 2021, 162,908 passengers were serviced at Riga International Airport. Compared to the same period last year, passenger numbers have fallen by 87%, according to data on airport performance published May 24.

A positive trend was observed in the number of passengers served in April: a total of 55,181 passengers were served at the airport this month, a total of nearly 66% more than in March, when the airport served 33,275 travelers. It is also a significant increase compared to the situation in April 2020, when only 3,060 passengers were served at the airport.

Compared to pre-crisis figures in 2019, the drop in passenger numbers in April is 91%, while overall the number of passengers handled at the airport has fallen by 92%.

The majority, or 69.3% of passengers served in the first four months of 2021, were transported by the national airline airBaltic, 8.3% by the Irish low-cost airline Ryanair and 4.6% by Lufthansa. Transfer passengers accounted for 17% of the total number of passengers during this period.

In April, the airport Riga offered 48 destinations, the most popular of which were Amsterdam, Moscow and Frankfurt. Flights from the airport were resumed last month by Russian airline Aeroflot and Turkish carrier Turkish Airlines.

In April this year, a total of 1,776 flights were operated at Riga airport. The most – 1,027 flights – were operated by scheduled passenger carriers, 230 were business aviation flights, while 217 flights were operated by freight carriers.

In total, in the four months of this year, 6,025 aircraft took off and landed at Riga International Airport and the number of flights has fallen by 76% in 2021 compared to 2019.

In April, 2,155 tons of cargo were handled at Riga airport. Compared with April 2019, cargo volume has increased by 2%. 

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