Riga airport passenger numbers down by 73% in 2020

In 11 months of this year, the number of passengers at Riga airport decreased by 73%, the airport said in a statement December 7.

Between January and the end of November, 1.9 million passengers were serviced at the airport, which is 72.9% less than during last year's corresponding period, when 7.2 million passengers were serviced in 11 months.

In November this year, the number of passengers at the airport decreased by nearly 91% - there were only 50 199 passengers, which is over half a million fewer than in November last year.

The number of flights operated at Riga airport decreased by nearly 60% - 33.4 thousand flights were operated at the airport in 11 months, 58.4% less than last year's period. In November, 1903 aircraft took off and landed at the airport, 70.1% less than in the eleventh month of last year.

The largest drop, 66.9%, was experienced by passenger services, but freight carriers and business aviation has expanded activity. The number of cargo flights has increased by nearly 43% in the 11 months of this year, but this November compared to November last year, by more than 95%. However, the total volume of cargo transshipped at the airport has decreased by 16.8% compared to last year, as passenger flights also reduced the volume of cargo carried, which until now represented a significant proportion of air cargo.

The number of other flights operated at Riga airport has also increased, consisting mainly of business aviation, military and technical flights operated by aircraft operating the maintenance facilities offered by companies operating at Riga airport. In 11 months, 6195 such flights took place, 79.1% more than last year.

The largest passenger carrier of Riga airport is the national airline airBaltic, which transported 88.2% of the total number of passengers in 11 months. The Irish low-price carrier Ryanair serviced 17% of Riga airport passengers, while the German air carrier Lufthansa accounted for 3.2%.

Riga International Airport is the largest airline hub in the Baltic States. In 2019, Riga airport served more than 7.8 million passengers.

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