Number of Riga Airport Passengers Recovered in 2021 / Article

This is an increase of 17% from 2020; compared to 2019, the number of passengers fell by 70%.

London, Tallinn, Frankfurt, Kiev and Amsterdam were the most popular destinations from Riga in 2021. Last year, the national airline airBaltic carried the largest share or 57 percent of passengers at Riga Airport. A fifth or 21% of passengers were flown to and from Riga by the Irish low cost airline Ryanair.

In 2021, 529,400 or 22% of passengers used Riga Airport to travel to other destinations. In turn, the share of non-scheduled or charter flights to Riga Airport in 2021 accounted for 7% of all passenger traffic. For comparison, in 2019, their share was 4%.

Last year, the total volume of air cargo handled at Riga Airport reached 27.9 thousand tons, one fifth more than in 2020. The 2019 result with 27.3 thousand tons of air cargo handled was also exceeded by 2%. Due to restrictions aimed at limiting the spread of the pandemic, the volume of cargo carried by passenger planes has halved, while the volume of cargo carried by cargo flights has increased by 70% compared to 2019.

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