Number of Riga Airport passengers increases 2.3 times in 2022

10 January 2023

In 2022, Riga Airport's passenger turnover amounted to 5.38 million passengers, which is an increase of almost 2.3 times as compared to 2021 when 2.35 million passengers were served at the airport, as Riga Airport informed LETA.

2022 also saw a 40 percent year-on-year increase in the number of flights to and from the airport, amounting to a total of 54,818 flights. Of these, 48,427 were passenger flights: an increase of 69 percent as compared to 28,694 flights in 2021. According to Riga Airport, the upward trend in the number of passengers demonstrates that, just like other European airports, Riga Airport has been able to recover since the end of the pandemic restrictions.

The rate of this recovery has been largely affected by a drop in the number of transfer passengers resulting not only from the restrictions due to the pandemic, but also, and especially, from Russia's military activities in Ukraine since February, along with the global sanctions associated with them. In 2022, the number of direct passengers already reached 80 percent of the pre-pandemic numbers, while the number of passengers using Riga as a layover airport fell to less than a half of what was there before the pandemic, with 2.4 million transit passengers in 2019 and 1 million in 2022. The overall share of transfer passengers at Riga Airport in 2022 was 19 percent.

In December 2022, 459,000 passengers used the services of Riga Airport, which is 51 percent more than in December 2021, while the number of passenger flights rose by 10 percent, reaching 4,117 flights. Throughout December, flight load exceeded 70 percent, meaning that at least for now, the rising energy costs and prices have not affected the purchasing power of passengers and their desire to travel by air.

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