Riga Airport Sets Another Record of Passengers Served in 2017


Riga International Airport reached another record number of passengers served in 2017 – on December 28, the Airport welcomed its six millionth passenger. Lithuanian Egle Marcinkeviciute, along with her family, arrived at Riga Airport on a flight from Copenhagen operated by Latvia’s national airline airBaltic to continue on a transfer flight to Vilnius.

The recent ambitious investments in the Airport infrastructure, such as upgrading the aerodrome and improving passenger services, have made Riga even more attractive to airlines and travelers alike. As a result of a targeted and successful development strategy, the Airport had a tremendously successful year. The lively hub managed to increase its passenger figures by 12%, while the cargo volumes went up by one fourth. Riga Airport continues to strengthen its position as a convenient transit hub to travel to further destinations. The number of passengers in this segment grew by approximately 30% in 2017.

“Already in summer we could expect that this would be a very successful year. Passenger records were broken each month: in July, the number of passengers exceeded 646,000, which means that we served almost 21,000 arriving and departing passengers every day. This enabled Riga Airport to enter the TOP 5 of Europe's Fastest Growing Airports […]. Also, in the winter season, passenger figures showed a positive trend,” says Ilona Līce, Chairperson of the Board of Riga International Airport.

To offer even more extensive shopping and service opportunities, the Airport opened new stores and cafés in the departures terminal, and travelers were offered unprecedented opportunities – a SPA and beauty salon as well as a barber shop.

Nearly 20 new destinations from Riga Airport were opened in 2017, and several airlines have already announced new routes for Lisbon, Kutaisi, Gdansk, Bordeaux, Malaga and others.

Riga Airport Passenger Records by Year:
Passenger No. 1 000 000 – 13 December 2004
Passenger No. 2 000 000 – 17 October 2006
Passenger No. 3 000 000 – 10 December 2007
Passenger No. 4 000 000 – 21 December 2009
Passenger No. 5 000 000 – 21 December 2011
Passenger No. 6 000 000 – 28 December 2017

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 almost 90 in the summer season. In the first 11 months of 2017, Riga Airport handled over 5.6 million passengers - nearly 45% of the entire Baltic air passenger traffic.

Source: Riga International Airport