Indicators of port and airport activities in the 1st quarter of 2008

29.04.2008

According to the data of the Central Statistical Bureau, cargo turnover at ports in January – March 2008 reached 16.8 mln tons, what is 12.7% more if compared to the 1st quarter of 2007.

In 2008 15.4 mln tons were loaded at ports, what constituted an increase of 16%.

Main cargo loaded at Latvia’s ports, (mln tons)

In January – March 2008 6.2 mln tons of oil products were loaded at ports, what compared to the January – March of 2007 is a rise of 21.4%. The volume of coal loaded at ports reached 4.5 mln tons (increase of 33.9%). Bu the volume of crude oil loaded at ports has decreased by 22% and it constituted 0.3 mln tons. The volume of mineral fertilisers loaded at ports has also reduced. In the three months of 2008 1.1 ton of mineral fertilizers was loaded – 31.8% less than in the corresponding period of 2007. The volume of timber loaded at ports constituted 1 mln tons, and it has retained the level of the 1st quarter of previous year.

The volume of cargo unloaded at the ports has decreased. In January-March of 2008 1.4 mln tons of cargos were unloaded at ports, an increase of 13.7% if compared to the 3 months of 2006.

Main cargos unloaded in ports, (thsd tons)

Cargo in containers represented the bulk of cargo unloaded: 0.3 mln tons, that represents a decrease of 2.1% if compared to the 1st quarter of previous year. 0.2 mln tons of roll on/roll off cargos were unloaded at the ports – a reduction of 14.4%, and decrease of unloaded crude oil represents 36.6%. But the volume of oil products has increased by 19.5%, and of construction materials - by 18.7%. The volume of sugar unloaded at ports has decreased 4.3 times, and in the 1st quarter of 2008 it constituted 35.9 thsd tons.

Cargo loaded and unloaded at Latvia’s ports, (mln tons)

In January-March 2008 8.4 mln tons of cargos were loaded and unloaded at the port of Ventspils, an increase of 6.9 % in comparison with the corresponding period of 2007. The volume of cargos loaded at the port of Ventspils has increased by 10.6% and constituted 7.8 mln tons. But the volume of unloaded cargos has reduced by 27.4%.

If compared to January – March 2007, the cargo turnover at the port of Riga in the 3 months of 2008 has increased by 20.4% and reached 7 mln tons. 6.3 mln tons of cargos were loaded at the port of Riga, what is 22.6% more than in the corresponding period of the previous year. But 0.7 mln tons of cargos were unloaded at the port of Riga, what is up by 2.8 % than in the three months of the previous year.

Cargo turnover at the port of Liepaja in the 3 months of 2008 was 1.1 mln tons, and this is an increase of 14.7% if compared to the 1st quarter of 2007. 1 mln tons of cargos were loaded at the port of Liepaja, an increase of 21.3 % if compared to the corresponding period of previous year. In January-March 2008 the volume of cargos unloaded at the port of Liepaja has decreased and reached 0.1 mln t, what is 13.9 % less than in the relevant period of previous year.

In comparison with the previous year, cargo turnover at the minor ports in the 1st quarter of 2008 has increased. In the 3 months of 2008 the volume of cargos loaded and unloaded at the minor ports was 0.3 mln t, an increase of 8.7 % if compared to the 1st quarter of previous year.

Passenger turnover at the airport “Rīga” continues to grow. There were 720.9 thsd passenger arrivals at and departures from the airport in the first quarter of 2008, an increase of 21.9 % if compared to January-March 2007.

Passenger arrivals at and departures from the airport “Rīga” in breakdown by quarters, (thsd passengers)

The number of passengers using both foreign airlines and Latvian airlines has increased. In January-March 2008 354.2 thsd passengers arrived at and departed from the airport “Rīga” on the aircraft of the Latvian airlines, an increase of 33.8 % if compared to the three months of the previous year. The number of passengers who in the 1st quarter of 2008 arrived at and departed from the airport “Rīga” by the aircraft of foreign airlines constituted 366.7 thsd, an increase of 12.2 % if compared to the corresponding period of the previous year.

The passenger turnover at the passenger port of Riga in the 1st quarter of 2008 increased notably.In the January – March 2008 there were 62.4 thsd passenger arrivals at and departures from the port, an increase of 1.7 % if compared to 1st quarter of previous year.

Passenger arrivals at and departures from the passenger port of Riga in breakdown by quarters, (thsd passengers)

Passenger turnover at the port of Ventspils in the 1st quarter of 2008 constituted 4 thsd, a decrease of 41.5 % if compared to the 1st quarter of 2007.

Prepared by Transport and Tourism Statistics Section
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