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Under the impact of Covid-19 still observed reduction in passenger traffic

Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) data show that in the nine months of 2020, compared to the nine months of 2019, passenger traffic by all modes of transport has fallen.

Covid-19 pandemic and related movement restrictions determined drop of passenger traffic by all modes of transport.

During the nine months of 2020, the number of passengers carried by land passenger transport comprised 117.1 million passengers, which is 34.5 % less than in the nine months of 2019.

The number of passengers carried by rail transport comprised 10.2 million, a drop of 28.1 %. Number of passengers carried by national transport reduced by 27.5 %, but the number of passengers carried by international transport reduced – by 82 %.

66.9 million passengers were carried by regular bus traffic lines, which is 35.9 % less than a year ago. Number of passengers carried in national lines reduced by 35.9 %, but the number of passengers carried in international lines reduced – by 35.8 %.

The number of passengers carried by urban electrified transport comprised 40 million passengers, a drop of 33.5 %.

Passenger traffic by road during the nine months
(million passengers)

 

I–IX, 2015

I– IX, 2016

I– IX 2017

I– IX, 2018

I– IX, 2019

I– IX, 2020

Changes, %

I– IX, 2020 /

I– IX, 2019

Total

185.8

181.8

180.5

180.0

178.6

117.1

-34.5

Rail

13.1

13.1

13.3

13.9

14.2

10.2

-28.1

Regular bus traffic lines

107.6

106.2

104.5

104.2

104.3

66.9

-35.9

Trolleybuses

33.1

32.1

31.5

30.6

29.5

21.8

-26.2

Trams

32.0

30.4

31.2

31.3

30.6

18.2

-40.6

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 %. In the 3rd quarter, compared to the 3rd quarter of the previous year, situation improved and the number of passengers dropped by 25.5 %.

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

VII–IX, 2019

VII–IX, 2020

Changes, %

VII–IX, 2020 /

VII–IXI, 2019

Total

59.4

51.7

-13.0

60.8

21.9

-64.1

58.4

43.5

-25.5

Rail

4.0

3.8

-7.9

4.9

2.3

-51.9

5.3

4.1

-21.7

Regular bus traffic lines

34.8

29.3

-15.8

35.4

12.9

-63.6

34.1

24.7

-27.7

Trolleybuses

10.2

10.1

-0.9

10.0

3.7

-62.9

9.3

8.0

-14.7

Trams

10.4

8.5

-18.4

10.5

3.0

-71.6

9.7

6.7

-31.2

In the nine months of 2020, 406.7 thousand passengers arrived at and departed from Latvian ports, which is 51.2 % less than in the nine months of 2019. Passenger turnover at Riga Passenger Terminal comprised 276.7 thousand passengers, which is 55.3 % less, at Ventspils port – 106.3 thousand passengers, a drop of 42 %, but at Liepāja port – 23.7 thousand passengers, 21.1 % less than a year ago.

Cancelation of international passenger traffic due to Covid-19 pandemic significantly affected passenger turnover at ports. 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. In the 3rd quarter situation at Riga Passenger Terminal improved as new ferry routes to Helsinki and Mariehamn and, therefore, number of passengers increased and its drop in the 3rd quarter fell to 39.6 %. In the 3rd quarter passenger turnover with these two Finnish ports comprised 95.5 % of the total passenger turnover at ports.

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

VII–IX, 2019

VII–IX, 2020

Changes, %

VII–IX, 2020 /

VII–IXI, 2019

Total

194.0

161.5

-16.8

289.6

45.4

-84.3

349.2

199.8

-42.8

Riga port

139.8

110.4

-21.0

221.6

10.7

-95.2

257.9

155.6

-39.6

Ventspils port

47.3

43.8

-7.5

58.4

28.4

-51.3

77.7

34.1

-56.1

Liepāja port

6.9

7.3

6.1

9.6

6.3

-34.3

13.6

10.1

-25.4

The number of passengers arrived at and departed from the Riga International Airport constituted 1.8 million, which is 69.6 % less than in the nine months of 2019.

 

Media requests:
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Phone: +371 67366621, +371 27880666

More information on data:
Vida Lukaševiča
Transport and Tourism Statistics Section
E-mail: Vida.Lukasevica@csb.gov.lv
Phone: +371 67366810

 

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