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Under the impact of Covid-19, passenger traffic in the first half has reduced significantly

Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) data show that in the 1st half of 2020, compared to the 1st half of 2019, passenger traffic by all modes of transport has reduced.

Reduction in the number of passengers by all modes of transport was affected by declaration of emergency situation in the country due to Covid-19 pandemic and consequential restrictions in transportation.

During the 1st half of 2020, the number of passengers carried by land passenger transport comprised 73.5 million passengers, which is 38.9 % less than in the 1st half of 2019.

The number of passengers carried by rail transport comprised 6.1 million, a drop of 31.8 %. Number of passengers carried by national transport reduced by 31.4 %, but the number of passengers carried by international transport reduced  by 76.6 %.

42.1 million passengers were carried by regular bus traffic lines, which is 40 % less than a year ago. Number of passengers carried in national lines reduced by 40 %, but the number of passengers carried in international lines reduced – by 58.4 %.

The number of passengers carried by urban electrified transport comprised 25.3 million passengers, a drop of 38.4 %.

Passengers carried by land passenger transport
(million passengers)

 

I–VI, 2015

I–VI, 2016

I–VI, 2017

I–VI, 2018

I–VI, 2019

I–VI, 2020

Changes, %

I–VI, 2020 /

I–VI, 2019

Total

125.2

122.5

121.4

121.3

120.2

73.5

-38.9

Rail

8.2

8.2

8.3

8.7

8.9

6.1

-31.8

Regular bus traffic lines

72.3

71.5

70.4

70.1

70.2

42.1

-40.0

Trolleybuses

22.7

21.9

21.8

21.1

20.2

13.8

-31.5

Trams

22.0

20.9

20.9

21.4

20.9

11.5

-45.0

The largest impact of Covid-19 on passenger transport by land was in the 2nd quarter of 2020, when the number of passengers reduced by 64.1 %.

Passenger traffic by road and pipeline transport in quarters of 2020
(million passengers)

 

I–III, 2019

I–III, 2020

Changes, %

I–III, 2020 /   I–III, 2019

IV–VI, 2019

IV–VI, 2020

Changes, %

IV–VI, 2020 /

IV–VI, 2019

Total

59.4

51.7

-13.0

60.8

21.8

-64.1

Rail

4.0

3.8

-7.9

4.9

2.3

-51.9

Regular bus traffic lines

34.8

29.3

-16.0

35.4

12.8

-63.7

Trolleybuses

10.2

10.1

-0.9

10.0

3.7

-62.9

Trams

10.4

8.5

-18.4

10.5

3.0

-71.6

In the first six months of 2020, 206.9 thousand passengers arrived at and departed from Latvian ports, which is 57.2 % less than in the first half of 2019. Passenger turnover at Riga Passenger Terminal comprised 121.1 thousand passengers, which is 66.5 % less, at Ventspils port – 72.2 thousand passengers, a drop of 31.7 %, but at Liepāja port – 13.6 thousand passengers, 17.5 % less than a year ago.

Passengers arriving at and departing from Latvian ports via passenger ferries
(thousand passengers)

passengers

Decision of the Cabinet to cancel international passenger traffic significantly affected passenger turnover in the 2nd quarter, when at ports it reduced by 84.3 %. Mostly Riga Passenger Terminal was affected by the change in the number of passengers, as ferries scheduled are mainly oriented to passenger traffic. Thus, in the 2nd quarter passenger turnover in ferry traffic reduced by 95.2 %, as traffic of ferries between Riga and Stockholm was closed, allowing just a couple of repatriation trips. Ferry traffic in Ventspils and Liepāja ports is mainly oriented to transportation of freights, therefore, changes in the number of passengers in the 2nd quarter were not so large: at Ventspils port reduction comprised 51.3 %, but at Liepāja port there was a drop of 34.3 %.

Passengers arriving at and departing from Latvian ports via passenger ferries in quarters of 2020
(thousand passengers)

 

I–III, 2019

I–III, 2020

Changes, %

I–III, 2020 /   I–III, 2019

IV–VI, 2019

IV–VI, 2020

Changes, %

IV–VI, 2020 /

IV–VI, 2019

Total

194.0

161.5

-16.8

289.6

45.4

-84.3

Riga port

139.8

110.4

-21.0

221.6

10.7

-95.2

Ventspils port

47.3

43.8

-7.5

58.4

28.4

-51.3

Liepāja port

6.9

7.3

6.1

9.6

6.3

-34.3

The number of passengers arrived at and departed from the Riga International Airport constituted 1.3 million, which is 62.9 % less than in 1st half of 2019.

More information on transport statistics in Latvia is available in the CSB website in section Transport – key indicators”. The latest data on transport will be published in database section „Transport and Tourism” (short-term statistics data and annual statistics data).

 

Media requests:
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More information on data:
Edīte Miezīte
Transport and Tourism Statistics Section
E-mail: Edite.Miezite@csb.gov.lv
Phone: +371 67366810

 

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