On Tuesday, 29 December, 2015, Riga International Airport welcomed a record number of passengers.

Riga Welcomed A Record Number of Passengers


On Tuesday, 29 December, 2015, Riga International Airport welcomed a record number of passengers, exceeding thus the threshold of 5.1 million passengers served in 2011. The lucky passenger – Maris Zarins arrived at the airport from the flight of the Latvian airline airBaltic from Copenhagen.

The State Secretary of the Ministry of Transport Kaspars Ozolins, said “Each year Riga International Airport closes with a new record of passengers served. This is a new achievement and I extend my thanks to the team of the airport as well as the largest carrier at Riga International Airport – the national airlines of Latvia airBaltic, which offers travelling opportunities to more than 60 destinations. The airport has made large investments in modernisation and expansion of the range of services offered to passengers, ensuring thus every precondition for a faster growth of the number of travellers.”

The Chairman of the Board of SJSC Riga International Airport Andris Liepins stated, “The overall growth of the national economy along with the increase in household income and the share of expenses spent on travelling have had a beneficial effect on the operation of the airport this year. The comparatively low fuel costs had a positive impact as well. And one should not forget the attractiveness of Riga City and Latvia in general as a travelling destination. The aforementioned factors helped introduction of several new airlines to Riga and opening of routes to new destinations, which in its turn contributed to the constant growth of the number of passengers.”

This year, airBaltic supported this by opening 14 new routes for the Baltic Sea region – the largest expansion for us since completing our restructuring and achieving profitability. For 2016 our new highlight is Reykjavik, Iceland, and you will also see numerous improvements to our existing network around the Baltic Sea, for example, our flights out of Stockholm Arlanda will operate up to five times daily.”

Riga International Airport presented the lucky passenger with the passenger loyalty card RIX Club and airport souvenirs. The national airline airBaltic granted Maris Zarins a certificate for a flight in business class, cooperation partners of the airport – TAV Airports Holding representative in Latvia SIA (LLC) TAV Latvia, represented by Hakan Uzunosmanoglu, along with subsidiaries of the holding AS (JSC) Riga Airport Commercial Development (ATU Duty Free), Cakes&Bakes Latvia, Havas – gift cards and baskets with gifts.

Riga International Airport will serve 5.16 million passengers in this year. This year the most popular destinations (cities) from Riga International Airport are London, Moscow, Frankfurt, Oslo and Helsinki. Countries passengers from Riga travel to most often are Germany, United Kingdom, Russia, Norway and Finland.

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