# Indicators of port and airport activities in the 1st half of 2010

According to the data of the Central Statistical Bureau, cargo turnover at ports in the 1^{st} half of 2010 reached 30.9 mln tons, which is 4.3 % less than in the 1^{st} half of 2009 and 4 % more than in the 2^{nd} half of 2009.

Cargo loaded and unloaded at Latvia’s ports by quarters (mln t) |
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In the 1^{st} half of 2010 28.6 mln tons of cargos were loaded at the ports, which is less by 5.4 % than in the 1^{st} half of 2009 and more by 4.4 % than in the 2^{nd} half of 2009.

Rate of main cargo loaded at ports (%) |
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The volume of timber loaded at ports has increased. In the 1^{st} half of 2010 it comprised 2.6 mln tons – 1.9 times more than in the 1^{st} half of 2009. Also the volume of mineral fertilizers has increased by 43.1 %, compared to the same period of previous year, and comprised 1.9 mln tons. As the demand for iron ore at the beginning of this year increased in global markets, the volume of iron ore loaded at ports of Latvia in the 1^{st} half of 2010 has increased 10.5 times and reached 1.3 mln tons. The volume of other main cargo loaded has decreased. 9.9 mln tons of oil products were loaded at ports which is less by 20.3 % if compared to the 1^{st} half of 2009 and 7.9 mln tons of coals were loaded at ports which is a decrease of 24.7% than in the same period of previous year.

In the 1^{st} half of 2010 volume of cargo unloaded at ports has increased. In the 1^{st} half of 2010 2.3 mln tons of cargos were unloaded at the ports, which is more by 10.6 % than in the 1^{st} half of 2009 and less by 0.2 % than in the 2^{nd} half of 2009.

Rate of main cargo unloaded at ports (%) |
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Oil products and cargo in containers represented the bulk of cargo unloaded: respectively, 0.6 mln tons and 0.5 mln tons. Volume of cargo in containers unloaded increased by 44.8%, compared to January-June 2009, but volume of oil products – by 4.1%. Also volume of other main cargo unloaded has grown: of roll on/roll off cargo – by 20.6%, of construction materials – by 50.4%, but of grain and grain products – by 20.3%, compared to 1^{st} half of the previous year.

In the 1^{st} half of 2010 13.6 mln tons of cargo were loaded and unloaded **at the** **port of Ventspils** which is less by 8.3 % than in the 1^{st} half of 2009. The volume of cargo loaded dropped by 8.2 % and comprised 12.9 mln tons, but the volume of cargo unloaded reduced by 10 %.

If compared to January – June 2009, the cargo turnover **at the** **port**** of Riga** in the 1^{st} half of 2010 has decreased by 1.5 % and comprised 14.6 mln tons. 13.3 mln tons of cargo were loaded at the port of Riga, which is 5.9 % less than in the corresponding period of the previous year. In the 1^{st} half of 2010 volume of cargo unloaded at port of Riga has increased. 1.3 mln tons of cargos were unloaded at the port of Riga, which is more by 32.9 % than in the same period of previous year.

Volume of cargo reloaded **at the** **port**** of Liepaja** in the 1^{st} half of 2010, compared to January-June of the previous year, has reduced.Cargo turnover at the port of Liepaja in the 1^{st} half of 2010 was 2 mln tons, and this is an increase of 1.5 % if compared to the 1^{st} half of 2009. 1.8 mln tons of cargos were loaded at the port of Liepaja, a decrease of 0.3 % if compared to the corresponding period of previous year. The volume of cargos unloaded at ports has reduced by 9.9 %.

Cargo turnover **at the** **minor ports** in the 1^{st} half of 2010, compared to January-June of the previous year, has increased. The volume of cargos loaded and unloaded at the minor ports was 0.7 mln tons, an increase of 12.6 % if compared to the 1^{st} half of 2009.

The passenger turnover** at the** **passenger port of Riga** in the 1^{st} half of 2010 has increased.There were 323.4 thsd passenger arrivals at and departures from the port, an increase of 11 % if compared to the 1^{st} half of 2009.

Passenger arrivals at and departures from the passenger port of Riga by quarters(thsd passengers) |
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In the 1^{st} half of 2010 passenger turnover at the port of Ventspils was 8.2 thsd passengers, but at the port of Liepaja – 2.4 thsd passengers.

Passenger turnover **at the** **airport “Rīga” **continues to grow. There were 2094.6 thsd passenger arrivals at and departures from the airport in the first half of 2010, an increase of 15.1 % if compared to January – June 2009.

Passenger arrivals at and departures from the airport “Rīga” by quarters(thsd passengers) |
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In the 1^{st} half of 2010 810.2 thsd passengers using Latvian airlines arrived at and departed from the airport „Rīga” which is an increase of 21 % if compared to the 1^{st} half of previous year. However 370 thsd passengers arrived at and departed from the airport “Rīga” using foreign airlines, which is an increase of 4.6 % if compared to January – June of previous year.

The largest passenger turnover at the airport „Rīga” in the first half of 2010 was with the airports of Germany – 274.5 thsd passengers, which is more by 4 % if compared to the first half of 2009, with the airports of Great Britain – 257.3 thsd passengers – an increase of 23.9 % and with the airports of Finland – 195.5 thsd passengers – 1.6 times more than in the first half of 2009.

Prepared by Transport and Tourism Statistics Section

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