Ex­porters look at air freight op­por­tu­ni­ties at Riga air­port

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Last week, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of more than 40 Lat­vian ex­port­ing com­pa­nies gath­ered at Riga In­ter­na­tional Air­port to look at air freight op­por­tu­ni­ties of­fered by the air­port and com­pa­nies work­ing there.

A great deal of in­ter­est was pro­vided to re­sults of the first freight op­er­a­tions per­formed by Turk­ish Cargo in Baltics in sum­mer. In­tro­duc­tion of this freight route helped Turk­ish Air­lines in­crease its cargo mar­ket share in Riga from 2% to 6% with a sta­ble out­look for the fu­ture.

Busi­ness­men also took into ac­count the news that Turk­ish Cargo in­tends to main­tain its Is­tan­bul – Riga – Is­tan­bul route in the 2017/2018 win­ter sea­son.

«There are also sev­eral im­port and ex­port pro­jects as­so­ci­ated with Turk­ish Cargo freight routes. This al­lows us to be­lieve that this car­ries is here in Riga to stay,» says Riga In­ter­na­tional Air­port board chair­man’s ad­vi­sor Artūrs Kokars.

He also em­pha­sized that this par­tic­u­lar route of­fers a unique op­por­tu­nity for Baltic busi­ness­men to de­liver their prod­ucts to des­ti­na­tions around the world more quickly. In 2017, Riga air­port se­cured suc­cess­ful de­vel­op­ment of air freight. 14,400 tonnes of car­goes were pro­cessed at the air­port in the first eight months, which is 10% more than there was in 2016. The vol­ume of car­goes pro­cessed in Au­gust grew 12.4% in com­par­i­son with Au­gust 2016.

It is noted that air freight from Riga air­port can now be sent us­ing pas­sen­ger air­lines to more than 60 des­ti­na­tions and us­ing reg­u­lar cargo flights of­fered by Turk­ish Cargo, DHL, UPS and TNT. There is also the op­tion to use char­ter flights, as well as Boe­ing 747, which can carry more than 100 tonnes of car­goes in a sin­gle flight. Riga In­ter­na­tional Air­port also has four ware­house op­er­a­tors.

The largest por­tion of air freight at Riga air­port is pro­vided by airBaltic, whose mar­ket share in the cargo seg­ment is 34.8%. Riga In­ter­na­tional Air­port has plans to build a new cargo ter­mi­nal for large air­craft in the near fu­ture.

On 1 July, Turk­ish Cargo car­rier owned by Turk­ish Air­lines opened the first reg­u­lar cargo line in Baltic States: Is­tan­bul – Riga – Is­tan­bul. Flights to Riga are per­formed twice a week us­ing Air­bus 330200F, which can carry up to 68 tonnes of car­goes.

Ieva Čīka/LETA

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