According to the aviation industry market research publication OAG Aviation Solutions (OAG) RIGA International Airport for the second time has entered the top 100 rating of world’s airports in terms of the number of international flight passengers welcomed per week.
With 68 847 available seats on international departing flights in the week from 29 March to 4 April RIGA International Airport ranked as the 96th busiest world’s airport in the OAG top 100 rating.
Krišjānis Peters, Chairman of the Board, said: „Being ranked among the top hundred world’s airports in terms of the seat capacity on departing international flights shows not only the potential of Riga as a tourism and business destination, but also the success of RIGA International Airport as the transit centre of the region. We demonstrate internationally that we have the infrastructure and skilled and professional staff to serve serious traffic volumes.”
For several decades already the leading position in this rating has belonged to Heathrow in London serving more than 800 thousand seats in international departing flights per week. Among the top three airports there is also Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris and Hong Kong International Airport in the special administrative region of Hong Kong in the People’s Republic of China. They are followed by Frankfurt International Airport with 500 - 600 thousand available seats, Dubai Airport in the United Arab Emirates, Changi Airport in Singapore and Amsterdam International Airport.
The closest airports in the Baltic and Nordic regions ranked in OAG top 100:
Airport /Rank /Seat capacity on international departing flights (thous.)
Copenhagen /21. 2/44
Stockholm (Arlanda) /43. /142
Helsinki /50. /131
Oslo /55. /126
OAG Aviation Solutions collects data on more than 1000 airports worldwide.
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In the summer season of 2010 the following airlines will operate flights from RIGA International Airport: airBaltic, SmartLynx, Lufthansa, Finnair, Ryanair, LOT, Czech Airlines, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Turkish Airlines, Aeroflot, Uzbekistan Airways, WizzAir, WindJet, Belavia, TAROM, City Airline.