Riga Airport becomes part of TOP 5 of Europe’s rapidly growing airports
16.2% passenger number increase has allowed Riga International Airport to become one of five most rapidly growing airports in Europe in July. Riga airport has entered the group of airports whose number of serviced passengers reaches 5 – 10 million a year, according to information compiled by Airport Council International.
‘Riga airport’s growth significantly exceeds average indexes of European airports, which was 9.6% in July, according to data from ACI. The airport’s index also exceeds its group’s average results: the average growth in the number of serviced travellers was 10.2% in July for the airport group with passenger turnover of 5 – 10 million passengers a year,’ notes Riga International Airport’s chairperson Ilona Līce.
ACI Europe air traffic report for July covers 247 airports across Europe.
Airport representatives say it continued increasing the number of serviced passengers and transshipped cargoes in August. The airport serviced 644,800 passengers in August, which is 15.3% more than last year’s August. In the first eight months of 2017, when compared with the same period of 2016, the number of serviced passengers grew nearly 11%, whereas the volume of cargoes grew 10%, according to data about the airport’s results.
In total, the airport serviced more than four million passengers in the first eight months of 2017, which is 10.9% more when compared with the same period of 2016.
The number of transit and transfer passengers serviced at Riga airport in the first eight months of 2017 has grown 18%, reaching nearly 1.2 million – nearly one third of all passengers. airBaltic is the largest carrier at the airport. This airline’s market share is 53.5% of the total number of passengers serviced at the airport. Irish low-cost Ryanair’s market share is 15% and Hungarian low-cost airline Wizzair’s share is 8.8%, the company notes. Also airport representatives told BNN that double-digit increase continued in the cargo segment – the volume of cargoes handled by Riga airport in August grew 12.4% in comparison with August 2016. In total, Riga International Airport transshipped 14,400 tonnes of cargoes in the first eight months, which is 10% more than 2016.
The number of flights grew 8% – 49,012 aircraft were serviced in Riga in eight months.
As it is known, Riga airport services flights to 89 destinations around the world during the summer season. 17 airlines service flights at Riga International Airport – airBaltic, Ryanair, WizzAir, Aeroflot, SAS, Finnair, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Lufthansa, LOT Polish Airlines, Utair, Turkish Airlines, Ukraine International Airlines, RusLine, Uzbekistan Airways, Belavia, Ellinair and Smartlynx Airlines.