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Finnish airports run 12.8m passengers in H1

12 Jul 2019, 02:36 ( 3 Months ago) | updated: 12 Jul 2019, 10:34 ( 3 Months ago)

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Finavia photo of Helsinki Airport.

A total of 12.8 million passengers travelled through the 21 airports operated by Finavia in the first six months of 2019, said a press release of Finavia, the company that operates the country’s airports.

In January-June, 10.6 million passengers (+5.0%) flew through Finland’s largest international air hub, Helsinki Airport.

At Finavia’s regional airports, the number of total passengers grew to 2.2 million (+0.3%). The amount of passengers grew the most at Rovaniemi Airport (+7.9%), Turku Airport (+7.4%) and Helsinki Airport.

“At the same time as traffic continues to grow, we are doing significant construction and renovation work at Helsinki, Rovaniemi and Kittilä Airports. ….. It is worth noting that as air traffic has increased, we have grown sustainably. All of Finavia’s 21 airports are carbon neutral and all of the electricity used at Helsinki Airport is renewable,” said Senior Vice President for Route Development and Director of Helsinki Airport Joni Sundelin.

The significance of transfer passengers remains high – the number of international transfer passengers, meaning passengers transferring from an international flight to another international flight at Helsinki Airport, has increased by 15.0%. The highest number of transfer passengers are on routes to and from Japan, Germany, Sweden and China.

Another record was broken at Helsinki Airport with over two million passengers travelling through the airport in June (+5.1%). During the busiest day in June there were about 74,000 passengers compared to a daily average of 58,000 in January-June. Eighty-two% passengers, about 8.7 million, flew on international scheduled flights in January-June.

The number of flights at Helsinki Airport grew by 2.5% in January-June – there were about 94,000 scheduled or charter flights. In total, Finavia’s airports had approximately 126,000 scheduled or charter flights in January-June (+0.7%).