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Riga International Airport reaches historically highest passenger count

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIn April 2017, Riga International Airport serviced nearly 490,000 passengers, which is the highest number of serviced passengers in the airport’s history, as confirmed by the airport’s representative.

The number of serviced passengers has grown by 16.1% at Riga airport when compared with April last year. The total number of passengers serviced in the first four months of 2017 has reached 1.6 million – 6.3% more than 2016.

The number of transit passengers in the four months reached 451,835 or 17.3% more than a year before. Transfer and transit passengers formed 27.8% of the total number of passengers, the representative of the airport notes.

Neatly 54% of the airport’s passengers were carried by airBaltic. The number of passengers carried by this airline has grown 23.3% compared with last year. 16.1% of passengers at Riga International Airport were carried by Irish Ryanair and 8.2% – by Hungarian Wizz Air.

In the first four months of 2017, Riga airport serviced 21,301 aircraft – nearly 3% more than the year before.

«The airport’s indexes for April show that the company’s chosen development strategy in creating a wide network of destinations and convenient connections to attract more transit and transfer passengers was correct. We are particularly pleased with the contribution from airBaltic, which demonstrated an increase of direct and transfer passengers. Data also shows that the decision by SAS to commence flights to Copenhagen was also successful – the number of passengers carried by this airline grew by more than 100% in the first four months,» says Riga International Airport’s chairperson Ilona Lice.

Riga airport reminds that an equally large number of arriving and departing tourists is expected for the summer season. This is why the airport asks all passengers to arrive at least two and a half hours early for their flights.

The airport also reminds that passenger data checks for passengers travelling outside the Schengen Area may take a longer time than before due to new EU regulations. This is why passengers are asked to come to the departure area early.

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