Rīga Airport's Covid recovery continues

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Between January and August this year, Riga Airport handled 3.4 million passengers, the airport said September 6, as it continues to recover from the huge disruption of the Covid pandemic.

The figure is three times more than for the same period last year.

"As the summer travel season continues, number of travellers handled by Riga Airport in August this year exceeded 573 thousand, which is 47 % more than a year ago (390 thousand passengers in August 2021). Average passenger flight occupancy exceeds 80 %, and leisure routes to the Mediterranean countries remain the most popular ones," the airport said.

The majority of travellers – 310.8 thousand or 54.2 % – flew with the national airline airBaltic in August, followed by Ryanair with 164 thousand or 28.6 % of the total number of passengers.

The total number of flights operated last month was 5,113 representing 5 % more than the same period last year (4,878 in August 2021). 4,599 of all the flights operated were passenger flights. The number of flights operated in January–August has increased by 130 % compared to last year - from 13.6 thousand flights last year to 31.2 thousand flights this year.

In August, 156 air cargo flights were operated, handling a total of 1,550 tonnes of cargo per month. Whereas, during the period from January to August, the Riga Airport handled more than 14 thousand tonnes of air cargo. In comparison, the volume of cargoes handled during January–August last year, exceeded 16 thousand tonnes, but in 2019 – almost 17 thousand tonnes.


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