Indicators of ports and airport activities in 2008

28.01.2009

According to the data of the Central Statistical Bureau, cargo turnover at ports in 2008 reached 63.6 mln tons, which is 1.9 % more if compared to 2007.

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

In 2008 57.6 mln tons were loaded at ports, which is 4.5 % more compared to 2007.

Rate of cargo loaded in breakdown by kind (%)

The volume of coals loaded at ports has increased and in 2008 comprised 18.3 mln tons – 25.5% more than in 2007. Compared to the previous year, the volume of grain and grain products loaded at ports has increased 1.5 times and comprised 2.1 mln tons. In its turn the volume of oil products loaded at ports has decreased by 3.4% and comprised 20.3 mln tons. The volume of mineral fertilisers loaded at ports has reduced (4.6 mln tons) which is less by 12% compared to 2007. Last year 3.7 mln tons of timber were loaded at ports, which is a decrease of 21.3%. However, volume of wood in chips (1.5 mln tons) has decreased by 12.1 %.

In 2008 6 mln tons of cargos were unloaded at ports, which is less by 17.4 % than in 2007.

Rate of cargo unloaded in breakdown by kind (%)

Cargo in containers represented the bulk of cargo unloaded: 1.2 mln tons. Volume of unloading of these cargos reduced by 6.1%, volume of roll on/roll off cargo (0.9 mln tons) was 16.5% less than in 2007. The volume of crude oil (0.8 mln tons) unloaded at ports decreased by 26.1%, but of oil products (0.6 mln tons) – by 49.7 %. The volume of construction materials unloaded at ports decreased by 5.8% comprising 0.9 mln tons.

In 2008 28.6 mln tons of cargos were loaded and unloaded at the port of Ventspils, which is less by 8 % than in 2007. The volume of cargos loaded at the port of Ventspils in 2008 has decreased by 6.2 % and comprised 26.4 mln tons. But the volume of unloaded cargos in 2008 has reduced by 25.3 %.

If compared to 2007, in 2008 the cargo turnover at the port of Riga has increased by 14 % and reached 29.5 mln tons. 26.4 mln tons of cargos were loaded at the port of Riga, which is 17.2 % more than in the previous year. In 2008 the volume of cargos unloaded at the port of Riga has decreased which comprised 3.1 mln tons and which is less by 7.2% than in previous year.

Cargo turnover at the port of Liepaja in 2008 was 4.2 mln tons, which is more by 3.7% than in 2007. In 2008 3.6 mln tons of cargos were loaded at the port of Liepaja, an increase of 8.9 % if compared to previous year. Compared to the previous year, the volume of cargos unloaded has decreased by 19.2%.

In 2008 the volume of cargos loaded and unloaded at the minor ports was 1.3 mln t, a decrease of 7% if compared to the previous year.

In 2008 there were 503.6 thsd passenger arrivals at and departures from the passenger port of Riga, an increase of 14 % if compared to 2007.

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

In 2008 there were 403.4 thsd passenger arrivals at and departures from the passenger port of Riga by passenger ferries, an increase of 29.7 % compared to the previous year. Two ferry services ensure transportation of passengers at the passenger port of Riga: Riga-Stockholm and Riga-Lübeck.

Passenger turnover at the port of Ventspils in 2008 comprised 32.4 thsd passengers, a decrease of 36 % if compared to 2007.

Passenger turnover at the airport “Rīga” continues to grow. 2008. There were 3.7 mln passenger arrivals at and departures from the airport in 2008, an increase of 16.8 % if compared to 2007.

Passenger arrivals at and departures from the airport “Rīga” by quarters

In 2008 2.1 mln passengers using Latvian airlines arrived at and departed from the airport “Rīga” which is an increase of 34.4% if compared to the previous year. However 1.6 thsd passengers used foreign airlines which is an increase of 1% if compared to the same period of previous year.

In 2008 the largest passenger turnover at the airport “Rīga” was with Germany airports – 550.4 thsd passengers – more by 12.4% than in 2007, and with Great Britain airports – 464.6 thsd passengers which is less by 3.5% compared to the previous year.

Passenger arrivals at and departures from the airport “Rīga” by countries1 (thsd passengers)

2008

2008 over 2007, in %

Total

3691.1

116.8

of which arrivals at and departures from:

Germany

550.4

112.4

Great Britain

464.6

96.5

Finland

240.2

126.1

Sweden

217.4

107.7

Ireland

217.2

93.9

Norway

209.9

111.4

Denmark

179.7

105.3

Italy

169.7

197.3

Turkey

149.8

115.6

other countries

1292.2

130.4

1 Passengers departing – after first landing of a plane, passengers arriving - after last landing of a plane.

Prepared by the Transport and Tourism Statistics Section
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Edīte Miezīte