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Passenger turnover in Latvia grew, whereas cargo turnover declined in 2017

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIn 2017, the number of passengers arrived at and departed from the Riga International Airport for the first time had exceeded 6 million.

6.1 million passengers arrived at and departed from the Riga International Airport, which is 0.7 million passengers or 12.9 % more than in 2016. The largest passenger turnover at Riga International Airport was with German airports – 0.9 million passengers (increase of 4.4 %), British airports – 0.8 million passengers (6.5 % more) and Russian airports – 0.6 million passengers (13.8 % more), as compared to the previous year, according to data from the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia.

The number of passengers arrived at and departed from Latvian ports with ferries accounted for 994 thousand, which is 37.5 % more than in 2016. 743 thousand passengers arrived at and departed from the Riga Passenger Terminal, which is 45.6 % more, but at the port of Liepāja – 41.1 thousand passengers, which is 24.6 % more than in 2016. Since 2010 continued significant rise in passenger turnover was observed at the port of Ventspils, where in 2017 there were 209.9 thousand passengers that arrived at and departed from the port, which is 16.6 % more than a year ago and 3.4 times more than in 2010.

There were 87.4 thousand passengers who arrived at the Riga Passenger Terminal via cruise ships – 22.4 % more than in 2016.

In 2017, 242.8 million passengers were carried by land passenger transport, which was 0.8 % less than in 2016. The number of passengers carried by rail transport increased by 1.5 %, the number of passengers carried by regular bus traffic lines decreased by 1.9 %, but the number of passengers carried by urban electric transport increased by 0.6 %.

In 2017, freights transported to and from Latvian ports accounted for 61.9 million tonnes, which is 2 % less than in 2016.

There were 54.2 million tonnes of freights shipped from ports, which was 3.7 % less than a year before. The reduction in the volume of freights shipped was mainly caused by a decrease in the volume of oil products by 16.9 %, as well as of grain and grain products – by 8.9 %, of timber – by 5.8 %, of mineral fertilisers – by 20 %. In turn, volume of coal loaded increased by 5.2 %, goods in containers – by 13.1 % and roll on/roll of – by 14.4 %.

The volume of freights received at ports rose by 11.9 %. This was mainly due to rise in the volume of unloaded goods in containers and roll on/roll off by 14.2 % and 14.8 %, respectively, as well as due to increase in oil products unloaded by 16.1 %.

Riga International Airport received and shipped 23.4 thousand tonnes of cargo, which was 20 % more than in 2016.

In 2017, 43.8 million tonnes of freight were carried by rail, which is a decrease of 8.4 % compared to 2016. National freights by rail accounted for 1.7 million tonnes – 11.3 % more. In international traffic the volume of freights carried by rail reduced by 4.2 million tonnes or 9.1 %. Freight traffic by rail to/from Latvian ports fell by 11.3 %, their share in international traffic comprised 83.2 %.

In 2017, 68 million tonnes of the freight were carried by road, which is a rise of 4.6 million tonnes (7.3 %) compared to 2016. Growth in the volume of freights was mainly determined by increase of 32.5 % in the transportation of products of mining and quarrying. The bulk (76.7 %) of the total freight volumes by road was national freight, where the indicator increased by 3.8 million tonnes or 7.8 %. International freight traffic rose by 0.8 million tonnes (5.7 %).


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