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Number of flights handled by Latvian air traffic controller LGS down 50.2% in first half of 2020

BC, Riga, 08.07.2020.Print version
Latvian air traffic controller Latvijas Gaisa Satiksme (LGS), which is responsible for managing air traffic in Latvia, handled 72,350 flights in the first six months of 2020, down 50.2% from the same period a year ago, the company said LETA.

The January-June figure included 18,1692 flights to and from Riga, down 54.9% y-o-y, and 53,658 transit flights, down 48.3% from January-June 2019.

In June LGS handled 7,702 flights, down 73.5 percent from June 2019.

As reported, in an effort to prevent Covid-19 from spreading further in Latvia, a state of emergency came into force on March 13, setting a number of tough restrictions. The state of emergency was in force until June 9. The emergency measures included a ban on all international passenger transportation by air, sea, roads and railway.

LGS handled 302,049 flights in 2019, which is 3.3 percent more than in 2018. This figure included 86,780 flights to and from Riga, up 4.3 percent year-on-year, and 215,269 transit flights, up 2.9% against 2018.

Latvijas Gaisa Satiksme is a fully state-owned enterprise providing air navigation services to airspace users.

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