Operational data on Airport performance show that in October, almost 4 800 aircraft were handled at Riga Airport, carrying 351 thousand passengers or half of the number handled in October 2019. The number of both passenger and cargo flights increased by several percentage points in October as compared to the previous months.
Despite the autumn season, when the number of passengers traditionally decreases, October has been the second most successful month for the Airport this year in terms of the number of passengers. A larger number of passengers in one month was served only in August (390 thousand).
The total number of passengers at Riga Airport this year has reached 1.78 million, which is a drop of 73 percent as compared to the pre-pandemic year.
More than half or 199 thousand of the passengers served in October were carried by the national airline airBaltic. air Baltic is followed by Ryanair with 67 thousand passengers (19%).
Laila Odiņa, Chairperson of the Board of Riga International Airport: “Both the operational results of the last months and the number of destinations and flights announced for the winter season allow us to look to the end of the year and the beginning of the next year with cautious optimism. International experience also shows that air traffic performs better in regions with better vaccination coverage.”
In the winter season, it will be possible to fly from Riga Airport to more than 80 destinations and 13 airlines will operate at the Airport.