The Riga International Airport served almost half of the entire Baltic air passenger traffic in the 1st half of 2016, according to Juris Kanels, Chairman of the Council of Riga International Airport.

Compared to the first six months of 2015, in the first half of 2016 the number of passengers handled at the Airport grew by 6.3%, the number of flights increased by 2.1% and cargo volumes went up by 9.8% . airBaltic has been also working on attracting transfer passengers, and this raised the number of transfer passengers by 18.4%. The main transfer destinations are Tallinn, Vilnius, Helsinki, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Stockholm, Kiev, Berlin, Amsterdam and Copenhagen and the greatest growth in transfer traffic was recorded in flights to Moscow, St. Petersburg, Tallinn, London and Kiev.

London, Moscow, Frankfurt, Oslo and Helsinki are the most popular destinations this year in terms of passengers handled. The greatest growth has been recorded in the number of flights to Berlin, London, Kiev, Moscow and Stockholm.

Two new airlines launched their service in the first half of 2016: Vueling in the route Riga – Barcelona – Riga, and Aegean Airlines in the route Riga – Athens – Riga.

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