Indicators of port and airport activities in the 1st quarter of 2010

29.04.2010

According to the data of the Central Statistical Bureau, cargo turnover at ports in the 1st quarter of 2010 reached 15.6 mln tons, which is 5.9 % less than in the 1st quarter of 2009 and 5.1% more than in the 4th quarter of 2009.

Cargo loaded and unloaded at Latvia’s ports by quarters (mln t) 
 


In the 1st quarter of 2010 14.6 mln tons of cargos were loaded at the ports, which is less by 5.5 % than in the 1st quarter of 2009 and more by 6% than in the 4th quarter of 2009.

Rate of main cargo loaded at ports (%) 
 


The volume of timber loaded at ports has increased. In the 1st quarter of 2010 it comprised 1.2 mln tons – more by 69.2% than in the 1st quarter of 2009. Also the volume of mineral fertilisers has increased by 30.9%, compared to the 1st quarter of previous year, and comprised 0.9 mln tons. As the demand for iron ore is increasing in global markets, the volume of iron ore loaded at ports of Latvia in the 1st quarter of 2010 has increased 15.6 times and reached 0.8 mln tons. The volume of other main cargo loaded has decreased. 5.3 mln tons of oil products were loaded at ports which is less by 16.9 % if compared to the 1st quarter of 2009 and 4 mln tons of coals were loaded at ports which is a decrease of 26 % than in the same period of previous year.

1 mln ton of cargos was unloaded at ports, which is less by 12.1 % than in the 1st quarter of 2009 and less by 6.8% than in the 4th quarter of 2009.

Rate of main cargo unloaded at ports (%) 
 


Oil products and cargo in containers represented the bulk of cargo unloaded: 0.3 mln tons of each kind of cargo. The volume of unloaded oil products grew by 7.1 % if compared to January – March 2009, but the volume of cargos in containers – by 25.2 %. The volume of roll on/roll off cargos unloaded increased by 8.6 %, but the volume of sugar unloaded grew 8.9 times, compared to the 1st quarter of the previous year. In its turn, the volume of grain and grain products unloaded reduced by 13.6%.

In the 1st quarter of 2010 7.2 mln tons of cargo were loaded and unloaded at the port of Ventspils which is less by 8.1 % than in the 1st quarter of 2009. The volume of cargo loaded dropped by 6.4 % and comprised 6.9 mln tons, but the volume of cargo unloaded reduced by 32.9 %.

If compared to January – March 2009, the cargo turnover at the port of Riga in the 1st quarter of 2010 has decreased by 4.2 % and comprised 7.1 mln ton. 6.6 mln tons of cargos were loaded at the port of Riga, which is 5.6 % less than in the corresponding period of the previous year. 0.5 mln tons of cargos were unloaded at the port of Riga, which is more by 15.6 % than in the same period of previous year.

Cargo turnover at the port of Liepaja in the 1st quarter of 2010 was 1 mln tons, and this is an increase of 3.2 % if compared to the 1st quarter of 2009. 0.9 mln tons of cargos were loaded at the port of Liepaja, an increase of 7 % if compared to the corresponding period of previous year. Compared to the 1st quarter of previous year, the volume of cargos unloaded at ports has decreased by 23.5 %.

In the 1st quarter of 2010 0.3 mln tons of cargos were loaded and unloaded at the minor ports, which is less by 19.9 % than in the 1st quarter of 2009 and by 6.8 % than in the 4th quarter of 2009.

The passenger turnover at the passenger port of Riga in the 1st quarter of 2010 has increased.There were 103.2 thsd passenger arrivals at and departures from the port, an increase of 32.8 % if compared to the 1st quarter of 2009.

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


In the 1st quarter of 2010 passenger turnover at the port of Ventspils was 2.8 thsd passengers.

Passenger turnover at the airport “Rīga” continues to grow. In the 1st quarter of 2010 there were 914.4 thsd passenger arrivals at and departures from the airport, an increase of 21 % if compared to the 1st quarter of 2009.

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


In the 1st quarter of 2010 609.3 thsd passengers using Latvian airlines arrived at and departed from the airport „Rīga” which is an increase of 28.3 % if compared to the 1st quarter of previous year. However 305.1 thsd passengers arrived at and departed from the airport “Rīga” using foreign airlines, which is an increase of 8.6 % if compared to January – March of previous year.

The largest passenger turnover at the airport „Rīga” in the 1st quarter of 2010 was with the airports of Germany – 122.5 thsd passengers, which is more by 8.9 % if compared to the 1st quarter of 2009, with the airports of Great Britain – 116.8 thsd passengers – an increase of 34.9 % and with the airports of Finland – 80.5 thsd passengers, 1.6 times increase if compared with the 1st quarter of 2009.

 

Prepared by Transport and Tourism Statistics Section
Edīte Miezīte
tel. 67366810