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In March, significant drop in the number of passengers carried by ferries and public transport

In March 2020, compared to March 2019, 52.2 % less passengers arrived at and departed from ports by ferries. Data of the Central Statistical Bureau show that, in January, passenger turnover by ferry at ports comprised 64.3 thousand, in February – 62.4 thousand, but in March – 34 thousand passengers.

Mostly Riga Passenger Terminal was affected by the change in the number of passengers, as ferries scheduled are mainly oriented to passenger traffic and decision of the Cabinet of Ministers to cancel international passenger traffic applies to it most directly. Thus, in March, passenger turnover in ferry traffic reduced by 62.8 %. Ferry traffic in Ventspils and Liepāja ports is mainly oriented to transportation of freights, therefore, changes in the number of passengers were not so large in March: at Ventspils port drop comprised 28.7 %, but at Liepāja port there was an increase of 9.2 %.

Passenger arrivals at and departures from Latvian ports by ferries in first three months of 2020

 

I 2020

changes  of

I 2019 (as %)

II 2020

changes of

II 2019 (as %)

III 2020

changes of

III 2019 (as %)

Total, thousand passengers

64.3

1.7

62.4

4.7

34.0

-52.2

Riga port

44.1

0.0

46.3

5.4

19.2

-62.8

Ventspils port

17.8

4.7

13.9

3.9

12.1

-28.7

Liepāja port

2.5

14.8

2.1

-5.4

2.7

9.2

In the 1st quarter of 2020, the number of passenger arrivals at and departures from in total dropped by 17.1 %, as compared to the same period of the previous year.

Passenger arrivals at and departures from Latvian ports by ferries in the 1st quarter of 2020

Graph - Passenger arrivals at and departures from Latvian ports by ferries in the 1st quarter of 2020

Accordingly data provided by the State Ltd. „Road Transport Administration”, due to movement restrictions introduced because of the emergency situation, in March 2020, as compared to March of the previous year, the number of passengers carried by public transport reduced by 37.5 %. Of which, by regular bus traffic lines in regional routes by 34.9 % and urban routes by 40.2 %, by trains – by 30.5 %, by trams – by 42.3 %, but by trolleybuses – by 29.9 %. In January, 19.6 million passengers were carried by public transport, in February – 18.9 million, but in March – 12.9 million.

In the 1st quarter of 2020, 51.4 million passengers were carried by public transport, which is 13.6 % less than in the respective period of 2019.

Passengers carried by public transport in the first three months of 2020

 

I 2020

changes of

I 2019 (as %)

II 2020

changes of

II 2019 (as %)

III 2020

changes of

III 2019 (as %)

Total, million passengers

19.6

-1.1

18.9

-0.5

12.9

-37.5

by regular bus traffic lines in regional routes

2.4

3.0

2.3

2.2

1.6

-34.9

by regular bus traffic lines in urban routes

8.6

-6.4

8.3

-6.1

5.7

-40.2

by trains

1.4

3.0

1.4

7.0

1.0

-30.5

by trams

3.3

-6.4

3.2

-5.0

2.1

-42.3

by trolleybuses

3.9

14.4

3.7

14.8

2.5

-29.9

Passengers carried by public transport in the 1st quarter of 2020

Graph - Passengers carried by public transport in the 1st quarter of 2020

Absolute changes and changes as per cent are calculated from data that was not expressed in million or thousand.

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).

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More information on the data:
Transport and Tourism Statistics Section
Vida Lukaševiča

E-mail: Vida.Lukasevica@csb.gov.lv
Phone: +371 67366681

 

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