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Number of passengers services at Riga International Airport increases

«By servicing 45% of all aircraft passengers in Baltic States and by carrying out 46% of all aircraft transport operations, Riga International Airport has enhanced its position as a leader on the Baltic market in the first half-year of 2016,» – noted Council Chairman of Riga International Airport Juris Kanels.

«It is also worth mentioning that the airport has also contributed to the unification of the aviation industry by initiating the creation of a cooperation platform in Latvia. This makes sure representatives of this industry regularly organize meetings to discuss and resolve problematic matters to ensure effective development of the entire industry,» – he adds.

The number of passengers serviced at the airport in the first half of 2016 had increased by 6.3%; the number of flights had increased 2.1% and the volume of handled cargoes had increased 9.8% in comparison with the same period of 2015. There has also been an increase in the number of transfer passengers (+18.4%), which is a result of successful business activity of Latvia’s national airBaltic company in attracting transfer passengers. In the first half of 2016, the number of transit/transfer passengers was equal to 26.6% of the total number of passengers. The main destinations for transfer passengers are Tallinn, Vilnius, Helsinki, Moscow, St Petersburg, Stockholm, Kyiv, Berlin, Amsterdam and Copenhagen. The biggest surge in transfer connectivity has been noticed in the direction of Moscow, St Petersburg, Tallinn, London and Kyiv.

The most popular destinations among passengers serviced by Riga International Airport are London, Moscow, Frankfurt, Oslo and Helsinki. The biggest increase in popularity is noted for flights to Berlin, London, Kyiv, Moscow and Stockholm.

Two new airlines entered Riga in 2016: Vueling, which performs flights on the Riga-Barcelona-Riga route and Aegan Airlines, which performs flights on the Riga-Athens-Riga route.

The airport continues efforts to improve the quality of its services by establishing comfortable infrastructure for passengers and guests. The airport has successfully realized the 2nd stage of the 5th step to develop its terminal. The new North Terminal is planned to be completed before the beginning of the winter season in 2016.

Riga International Airport is the largest aviation transport hub in Baltic States that services 45% of all passengers in Baltic States.

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