Riga air­port ser­viced more than 40% of pas­sen­gers and car­goes in Baltics

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In the first half-year of 2017, Riga In­ter­na­tional Air­port re­tained the leader po­si­tion among Baltic air­ports, ac­cord­ing to sta­tis­ti­cal data on the air­port’s op­er­a­tional results.

BNN was in­formed that Riga air­port more than 2.7 mil­lion pas­sen­gers or 46% of all pas­sen­gers ser­viced at air­ports of Baltic cap­i­tals.

49% of all air car­goes were also ser­viced in Riga. The num­ber of pas­sen­gers grew 8.7% when com­pared with the first six months of 2016. The vol­ume of car­goes grew 2.4%. The num­ber of pas­sen­gers ser­viced by air­ports of Baltic cap­i­tals grew 11.7% in the first six months of 2017, reach­ing 5.9 mil­lion.

27% of pas­sen­gers ser­viced by Riga air­port were trans­fer pas­sen­gers. Some of the most pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tions this year have been Lon­don, Moscow and Frank­furt. The most rapid in­crease of pas­sen­gers has been noted for Copen­hagen – by 35.8%, which was thanks to the open­ing of a new flight sched­ule by Scan­di­na­vian Air­lines.

«De­vel­op­ment of Riga air­port in the first half of the year fits Euro­pean rapid growth in­dexes. Ac­cord­ing to data from Air­port Coun­cil In­ter­na­tional, the in­crease of the num­ber of pas­sen­gers in Europe was 8.8% in the first five months of 2017. Results of the air­port’s op­er­a­tions in the first half-year show sta­ble growth, which al­lows us to say that we will likely con­clude the year with a new pas­sen­ger record,» says the air­port’s chair­per­son Ilona Lice.

Ieva Čīka/LETA

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