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A Record Number of Passengers Welcomed at Riga International Airport

On 29 December, Riga International Airport welcomed a record number of passengers, exceeding thus the threshold of 5.1 million passengers handled in 2011. The lucky passenger Māris Zariņš arrived at the airport on the flight of the Latvian airline airBaltic from Copenhagen.

The State Secretary of the Ministry of Transport Kaspars Ozoliņš said: “Riga International Airport closes each year with a new record in passenger traffic. This is a new achievement and I extend my thanks to the team of the airport as well as the largest carrier at Riga International Airport – the Latvian national airline airBaltic, offering travelling opportunities to more than 60 destinations. The airport has made large investments in modernisation and expansion of the range of services for passengers, ensuring thus every precondition for a faster growth of the number of travellers.”

The Chairman of the Board of SJSC Riga International Airport Andris Liepiņš pointed out: “The overall growth of the national economy along with the increase in household incomes and the share of expenses spent on travelling has had a beneficial effect on the operation of the airport this year. The comparatively low fuel costs had a positive impact as well. And one should not forget the attractiveness of Riga City and Latvia in general as a travel destination. The aforementioned factors helped attract several new airlines to Riga and open routes to new destinations, which in its turn contributed to the steady growth of the number of passengers.”

airBaltic Chief Executive Officer Martin Gauss: “We are delighted to see this passenger record as aviation in Latvia contributes to almost 3% of the gross domestic product and supports 2% of all jobs available in the market.  This year, airBaltic actively facilitated this process by opening 14 new routes in the Baltic Sea region – the largest expansion for us since completing our restructuring and achieving profitability. In 2016, we will continue the work by opening a new route to Reykjavik, Iceland, and you will also see numerous improvements to our existing network around the Baltic Sea, for example, our flights out of Stockholm Arlanda will operate up to five times daily.”

Riga International Airport presented the lucky traveller with the passenger loyalty card RIX Club and airport souvenirs. The national airline airBaltic granted Mr Zariņš a voucher for a flight in business class. The  partners of the airport – TAV Airports Holding representative in Latvia SIA (LLC) TAV Latvia, represented by Hakan Uzunosmanoglu, along with the subsidiaries of the holding AS (JSC) Riga Airport Commercial Development (ATU Duty Free), Cakes&Bakes Latvia, Havas gave him gift cards and baskets with assorted presents.

In total, Riga International Airport in 2015 welcomed 5 162 675 passengers. The most popular destinations (cities) from Riga International Airport in 2015 were London, Moscow, Frankfurt, Oslo and Helsinki. The countries of preference by the passengers from Riga were Germany, the United Kingdom, Russia, Norway and Finland.

airBaltic provides direct flights from Riga to over 60 destinations, offering convenient connections from Riga to the destinations within the airline’s network in Scandinavia, Europe, Russia, the CIS and the Middle East. In addition, airBaltic offers new direct flights from Tallinn and Vilnius.

It should be added that Riga International Airport welcomed its five millionth passenger on 21 December 2011, the four millionth passenger – on 21 December 2009, the three millionth passenger – on 10 December 2007, the two millionth passenger – on 17 October 2006, the first million of passengers was recorded by Riga International Airport on 13 December 2004.

Riga International Airport is the largest air traffic hub in the Baltic States. Flights to 69 destinations are available in winter and to 89 destinations – in summer provided by 21 airline from Riga International Airport.