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Rīga airport passenger number down 91% in first quarter

In the first quarter of 2021, the number of passengers serviced at Riga International Airport decreased by 91%, according to operational data on the airport's performance during the first three months of the year published April 9.

In March this year, 33 275 passengers were serviced at the airport, nine thousand travelers more than a month earlier. Compared to 2020, however, the drop in passenger numbers in March is still significant – 86%, and it should be noted that in the second half of March last year the government almost completely suspended international air traffic.

Compared with the figures before the crisis in 2019, the drop in passenger numbers in March is nearly 94%, while in Q1, the number of passengers serviced at the airport has fallen by 93%.

The majority, or 69% of passengers served in 2021, were transported by the national airline airBaltic, 10% by the Irish low-cost airline Ryanair and 5% by Lufthansa.

In March, it was possible to fly to 33 destinations, the most popular of which were Amsterdam, Frankfurt and London. Flights from the airport were resumed last month by the Polish airline “Lot” and the Belarusian air carrier “Belavia”.

In March this year, 1424 flights were operated at Riga airport. Overall, in Q1 of this year, 4249 aircraft have picked up and landed at the airport and the number of flights decreased by 77% in 2021 compared to 2019.

In March, Riga airport handled 2,283 tons of cargo, which is the largest volume of cargo handled in one month this year. Compared with March 2019, cargo volume has increased by 0.2%. Overall, however, in the first three months of 2021 compared to the 2019 period considered, freight volume decreased by 13%, while an increase of 1.5% against 2020 was observed.

 

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