Rīga Airport reports 16% increase in passenger numbers last year

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The Rīga International Airport received 7.06 million passengers in 2018, up 16% on year, the airport’s CEO Ilona Līce told LETA.

According to the airport’s preliminary performance results for 2018, the number of passengers at the airport rose by 16% year-on-year to 7.06 million in 2018, cargo turnover grew 10.4% to more than 27,000 tons and the number of flights handled by the airport was up 11.5% to 83,500.

In order to attain its goal to become a modern and convenient North European air traffic hub and to serve at least 10 million passengers a year starting in 2023, Riga Airport’s main objective for the coming five years is to successfully implement the planned passenger servicing and cargo infrastructure projects, Lice said.

Citing airport traffic data released by the Airports Council International (AIC), Lice said that Riga International Airport has been showing significantly faster growth than European airports on average as their passenger traffic rose by only 5% in the third quarter of 2018. Thanks to the steep growth of passenger numbers, Riga Airport ranked among the 5 fastest growing European airports serving up to 10 million passengers a year.

In 2017, Riga Airport handled 6.097 million passengers, up 12.9% against 2016. That year, the airport also handled 74,837 flights and reloaded 25,525 tons of cargo.

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