Riga Airport wound up 2018 with a significant increase in all its key performance indicators: operational data from reveals that the Airport served 7.06 million passengers in 2018, almost 16% more than the year before. The volume of cargo increased by 10.4%, exceeding 27 thousand tons, while the volume of flights increased by 11.5%, with Riga Airport handling 83.5 thousand aircraft in 2018.
This increase significantly exceeds the average indicators of European airports – the data of Airport Council International (ACI) show that in the 3rd quarter of 2018 the average number of passengers in Europe increased by only 5%. The rapid increase in its passenger figures last year allowed Riga Airport to repeatedly enter the TOP 5 fastest-growing European airports handling 5-10 million passengers annually.
“This outcome is the result of purposeful work and long-term strategy. In previous years, we developed the aerodrome and infrastructure related to passenger aircraft service, but from this year on we will focus on the expansion of passenger service infrastructure and development of the cargo sector. In today’s global world, well-developed infrastructure and low costs are the main weapons of competition among airports,” says Anda Līce, airBaltic’s Chief Accountant.
In 2019, the Airport will begin the implementation of terminal expansion stage 6, under which a new public terminal and the related infrastructure will be constructed. The new terminal will have both a modern and spacious passenger check-in area, a security control area, and baggage reclaim and sorting facilities, as well as restaurants, cafés and shops.