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Finnish Airports see 91% fewer passengers in Oct

Published : 12 Nov 2020, 00:43

Updated : 12 Nov 2020, 01:50

  DF Report

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Helsinki Airport. File Photo Finavia.

The situation at Finnish airports continued to worsen in October, as the number of passengers reduced significantly due to the corona virus outbreak, according Finavia that operates the country’s airports.

The number of passengers in October was 91 per cent lower year on year.

than in October last year.

The number of flights declined by 77 per cent and freight volume by 51 per cent.

“The situation is of grave concern for Helsinki Airport, which depends heavily on international transfer traffic and also plays an important role in the success of Finavia’s regional airports. The number of transfer passengers declined by 95 per cent compared Airport operator.

Before the COVID-19 crisis, Helsinki offered Northern Europe’s best onward connections to destinations around the world, and Helsinki Airport’s revenues made it possible to maintain low-traffic network airports.

“When international traffic at Helsinki Airport is at a standstill, traffic at the regional airports is also dramatically reduced. Under normal circumstances, a significant proportion of the passengers who fly to Helsinki continue their journey to international destinations,” added Mäki.