During the first six months of the year, the total number of passengers travelling via Finavia airports amounted to 12.3 million passengers, 1.3 million more than the year before. This represents an increase of 11.9 per cent. Helsinki Airport served a record-breaking 10.1 million air passengers.
Joni Sundelin, Airport Director of Helsinki Airport, who is in charge of Finavia’s route development commented: “Growth of nearly 12 per cent is sky-high. The direction is good not only at Helsinki Airport but also at our central regional airports. The excellent figures not only reflect the favourable economic situation but also Helsinki Airport’s strengthened position as the hub for air traffic between Europe and Asia. This development has boosted a great increase also in other airports of the network.
“We expect the growth to continue at Helsinki Airport. We predict that this year the annual passenger volume will exceed 21 million. Currently, Helsinki Airport is undergoing a billion euro investment programme getting ready to serve 30 million passengers.
“With regard to regional airports, the highest number of international flight passengers was to and from Spain. Furthermore, holiday flights to Greece have become more popular. The number of flights to and from the UK grew by more than 20 per cent, which results from Lapland charter flights. All in all, according to our statistics, there were 18.7% more passengers departing from regional airports to Europe at the beginning of the year than the year before.”