Riga Airport Included in TOP5 Fastest Growing Airports of Europe

Riga International Airport made it into the top five fastest growing airports in Europe in the group of airports with 5-10 million passengers handled, according to the latest Airport Traffic Report of the Airport Council International (ACI). With the number of passengers increasing by 16.3% in April, Riga Airport is ranked fifth in TOP5 fastest growing airports of Europe, falling behind only such recreation and tourist destinations as Naples, Seville, Kraków and Valencia. Riga Airport is also ranked as the fourth fastest growing European capital airport.

Over the last few years, the number of passengers the airport has handled has been increasing each month, compared to the same months previous year. For example, the airport handled 636,000 passengers this May, which is an increase of 20.5% compared to May last year. As of June 2018, the Riga Airport had handled 2.56 million passengers — an increase of 19% compared to the same time period the previous year. The most popular destinations of Riga Airport during the first five months of the year 2018 were London, Moscow and Helsinki.

“The growth of Riga Airport has been significantly faster than in Europe…”, Ilona Līce, Chairperson of the Board of the Riga International Airport, notes. “ACI data suggest that aviation exactly in Eastern Europe and Scandinavia is experiencing the fastest growth in Europe ... I am gratified that Riga Airport has successfully joined the competition for passengers of the region and aviation cargo”.

The volume of cargo in Riga Airport during the first five months of the year 2018 increased by 45.2% compared to the same time period last year. Especially noteworthy is the fact that Riga Airport handled more than 50% of the total amount of cargo transshipped in the Baltic States.

The number of flights handled by Riga Airport during the first five months of this year increased by 16.2%: the airport handled 32,367 aircraft within this period. During this same time, the number of passengers in the airports of the Baltic States in general has increased by 17.2%, reaching 5.9 million passengers this year.

Riga International Airport is the largest air traffic hub in the Baltics. The 20 airlines operating at Riga Airport offer more than 70 destinations in the winter season and 100 destinations in the summer season. In 2017, Riga Airport handled more than 6 million passengers, i.e., 45% of the total number of passengers of the Baltic States.