LOW costs may be behind a striking rise in air cargo at Riga International Airport (Latvia).
The airport posted a 194.7 per cent increase in freight volumes in the first half of 2012 compared with same period last year.
The hike has been attributed to two US companies - Kalitta Air and National Air Cargo, which have been operating out of Riga since April.
“Taking into consideration that fast cargo handling and shipping is very important, already new jobs have been created for this purpose at the airport,” says Riga’s chief executive officer Arnis Luhse.
The latest figures come hot on the heels of a recent study by the Air Transport Research Society, which found the airport to have the lowest combined landing fees in Europe.