Riga Airport Starts the Year with a Drop of More than 90% in Passenger Numbers



The operational performance data show that in January 2021, Riga Airport handled just over 50 thousand passengers, which is 90.4% fewer passengers than a year before.


Last January, Riga Airport served more than half a million passengers, whereas this year – only 50.4 thousand. 15% of travellers used Riga Airport as a transit hub to go to other destinations.

The majority or 68% of passengers handled in January were carried by the national airline airBaltic, almost 15% by the Irish low-cost airline Ryanair and 4.5% by the Hungarian low-cost carrier WizzAir.

In the first month of the year, 1700 aircraft took off and landed at Riga Airport – 73.9% fewer than last January. The volume of passenger flights has dropped by 85.2%, while the number of cargo and other types of flights has increased – by 49.1% and 43.3%, respectively.

With the volume of cargo carried by passenger aircraft decreasing significantly – by 69.2%, the total volume of cargo handled at Riga Airport has also decreased by 13.6%. However, half as much cargo was transported by cargo aircraft as in January last year – the volume of such cargo has increased by 53%. A total of less than 2 thousand tonnes of cargo were handled at Riga Airport in the first month of the year.



Riga Airport is a fast-growing Northern European air traffic hub, connecting the Baltic States with European business centres and popular holiday destinations. As a member organization of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Aviation Industry Charter for COVID-19, Riga Airport works to the highest standards of epidemiological safety. Skytrax has awarded Riga Airport a four-star rating for its implemented Covid-19 safety measures.