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In 2020 significant decrease recorded in passenger traffic

Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) data show that in 2020, compared to 2019, under the impact of Covid-19, passenger traffic by all modes of transport has fallen significantly.

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

In 2020, the number of passengers carried by land passenger transport comprised 152.1 million passengers, which is 36.4 % less than in 2019.

The number of passengers carried by rail transport comprised 12.9 million, a drop of 30.9 %. Number of passengers carried by national transport reduced by 30.4 %, but the number of passengers carried by international transport reduced – by 85.6 %.

86.8 million passengers were carried by regular bus traffic lines, which is 38 % less than a year ago. Number of passengers carried in national lines reduced by 38 %, but the number of passengers carried in international lines reduced – by 45.8 %.

The number of passengers carried by urban electrified transport comprised 52.4 million passengers, a drop of 35.1 %.

Passenger traffic by road
(million passengers)

 

2018

2019

2020

Changes, %

2020/2019

Total

242.3

239.3

152.1

-36.4

Rail

18.2

18.6

12.9

-30.9

Regular bus traffic lines

140.6

140.0

86.8

-38.0

Trolleybuses

41.3

39.9

28.4

-28.8

Trams

42.2

40.8

24.0

-41.2

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 %. In the 3rd quarter, compared to the 3rd quarter of the previous year, situation improved and the number of passengers dropped by 25.5 %. Under the impact of 2nd wave of pandemic, the number of passengers in the 4th quarter fell by 42.1 %.

Passenger traffic by road transport in quarters of 2019 and 2020
(million passengers)

 

I,

2019

I,

2020

Changes, %

I, 2020 /   I, 2019

II,

2019

II,

2020

Changes, %

II, 2020 /

II, 2019

III,

2019

III,

2020

Changes, %

III, 2020 /

III, 2019

IV,

2019

IV,

2020

Changes, %

IV, 2020 /

IV, 2019

Total

59.5

51.6

-13.3

60.8

21.9

-64.0

58.4

43.5

-25.5

60.6

35.1

-42.1

Rail

4.0

3.8

-7.9

4.9

2.3

-51.9

5.3

4.1

-21.7

4.4

2.7

-40.1

Regular bus traffic lines

34.8

29.2

-16.0

35.4

12.9

-63.6

34.1

24.7

-27.7

35.7

20.0

-43.8

Trolleybuses

10.2

10.1

-0.9

10.0

3.7

-62.9

9.3

8.0

-14.7

10.4

6.6

-36.2

Trams

10.5

8.5

-18.4

10.5

3.0

-71.6

9.7

6.7

-31.2

10.1

5.8

-42.9

In 2020, 466.3 thousand passengers arrived at and departed from Latvian ports, which is 56.5 % less than in 2019. Passenger turnover at Riga Passenger Terminal comprised 278.8 thousand passengers, which is 65.1 % less, at Ventspils port – 155.8 thousand passengers, a drop of 32.9 %, but at Liepāja port – 31.7 thousand passengers, 20.6 % less than a year ago.

 Cancellation of international passenger traffic during the 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 in Finland were launched and, therefore, number of passengers increased and its drop in the 3rd quarter fell 39.6 %. In the 4th quarter all ferry traffic was closed gradually, therefore, fall of passenger turnover reached 98.9 %.

Passengers arriving at and departing from Latvian ports via passenger ferries in quarters of 2019 and 2020
(thousand passengers)

 

I,

2019

I,

2020

Changes, %

I, 2020 /   I, 2019

II,

2019

II,

2020

Changes, %

II, 2020 /

II, 2019

III,

2019

III,

2020

Changes, %

III, 2020 /

III, 2019

IV,

2019

IV,

2020

Changes, %

IV, 2020 /

IV, 2019

Total

194.0

161.5

-16.8

289.6

45.4

-84.3

349.0

207.9

-40.4

239.0

51.5

-78.5

Riga port

139.8

110.4

-21.0

221.6

10.7

-95.2

257.8

155.7

-39.6

180.2

2.0

-98.9

Ventspils port

47.3

43.8

-7.5

58.4

28.4

-51.3

77.7

42.1

-45.8

48.9

41.5

-15.2

Liepāja port

6.9

7.3

6.1

9.6

6.3

-34.3

13.5

10.1

-25.4

9.9

8.0

-19.4

In 2020 the number of passengers arrived at and departed from the Riga International Airport comprised 2 million, which is 74.2 % less than in 2019. The largest passenger turnover at Riga International Airport was with airports of Germany – 307.9 thousand passengers, which is a drop of 68.1 %, with airports of the United Kingdom – 268.4 thousand passengers, a drop of 67.6 % and with airports of Russia – 167.3 thousand passengers, a drop of 81.1 %.

More information on passenger transport is available in Official statistics portal section “Passenger traffic”.

 

Media requests:
Communication Section
media@csb.gov.lv
Phone: +371 67366621, +371 27880666

More information on the data:
Vida Lukaševiča
Transport and Tourism Statistics Section
E-mail: Vida.Lukasevica@csb.gov.lv
Phone: +371 67366681

 

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