Rīga airport passenger turnover in September down 85% from last year

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According to a statement from Rīga International airport October 15, in the first nine months of this year, 1.8 million passengers were serviced at the airport.

This is about a third of last year's passenger volume, according to operational data on the airport's performance. Compared with the first nine months of last year, the number of passengers at the airport has fallen by 69.6%.

According to the statement, in September the airport serviced 113 600 passengers – 77 000 travelers less than in August. Compared with September 2019, passenger numbers have fallen by 85%.

In September, although the Riga airport had an opportunity to travel to 51 destinations, two more destinations than in August, the majority of the destinations were in a high risk zone from which passengers had to comply with self-isolation when returning. This significantly reduced flight compliance, said Laila Odiņa, Chair of the airport board.

The average aircraft fill in September was 31% - significantly less than in August, when it reached 57%.

The most popular airport destinations in September were London, Oslo, Tallinn, Helsinki and Frankfurt. Travelers who used the airport  as a connection point to further destinations represented 27% of the total number of passengers.

Most or 60% of the passengers served in September were transported by the national airline airBaltic, 18% by the Irish low-cost airline Ryanair and 9% by the Hungarian low-cost carrier WizzAir.

In September, 3332 flights were serviced at the airport — nearly 60% less than in September of the previous year. The number of flights has decreased by 56.3% and a total of 28 945 flights have taken place.


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