Passenger numbers up at Riga airport, port

Airport and port passenger figures extend growth trend
Passenger numbers are up at the Baltics’ biggest airport, Riga, in 2016, extending the improvement in its fortunes after several years of stagnation. They are also rising at the Latvian capital’s passenger port.
Riga International Airport saw 4.7% more travellers in the first nine months of the year, to 4.136 million. In September there were 494,729 passengers, 5.2% more than the same month in 2015.
The airport handled 51,469 flights in the first three quarters, down 0.1% year-on-year, including 6,104 flights in September, down 3%.
In 2015, the state-owned airport saw 5.163 million passengers, up 7.2% from 2014, with 68,078 flights.
Meanwhile, Riga Freeport Authority reported a 6.1% rise in the number of passengers in January-September, to 446,929, including 68,747 cruise passengers, up 3.4%, on 61 cruise ships.
The total included 6% more passengers on Tallink’s Riga-Stockholm line – Riga’s only scheduled passenger ferry line. The Estonian ferry giant confirmed it would put a second ferry on the route from December 2016, ensuring a daily service instead of every other day. The port saw 1.858 million passengers in 2015 down 7.3% from 2014.