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Finnish airports see higher passengers in March but lower than 2019

Published : 21 Apr 2023, 21:07

  DF Report
Helsinki Airport. File Photo: Finavia.

A total of 1.6 million passengers flew through Finnish airports in March 2023, according to Statistics Finland.

The number of passengers was 50 per cent higher than in the stipulated month of the previous year, but still a quarter lower than the level prior to the corona pandemic in March 2019.

The number of passengers on domestic flights increased by 28 per cent and on international flights by 61 per cent compared to March 2022.

Seventy-two per cent of the passengers travelled on international flights and 28 per cent on domestic flights.

In March, a total of 1.3 million passengers flew through Helsinki Airport and altogether 0,3 million passengers flew through other domestic airports.

The total number of passengers thus increased by 12 per cent from the previous month. Helsinki Airport accounted for 79 per cent of all passengers at domestic airports.

The number of passengers at Helsinki Airport was 27 per cent lower and the combined number of passengers at other domestic airports 25 per cent lower than in March 2019.

Compared to March 2022, the number of passengers was 52 per cent higher at Helsinki Airport and 43 per cent higher at other domestic airports.

The exceptionally high relative growth in the number of passengers compared to last year is caused by the collapse of air traffic due to the corona pandemic starting from spring 2020.

The year 2019 is used in the statistics as the comparison year to describe the number of air passengers before the pandemic.

Air freight and mail transport totalled 15,057 tonnes in March 2023. In all, 97 per cent of the tonnes were transported through Helsinki Airport and 99 per cent in traffic between Finland and foreign countries.

Altogether 6,975 tonnes (46%) of the transported volume of goods were incoming and 8,082 tonnes (54%) were outgoing.