The demand for air travel picked up in Finland in 2010
International air travel was clearly on a rise, increasing by 4.8% in 2010. Domestic air travel decreased by 6.1%. The total number of passengers increased by 1.6% Last year, Helsinki Airport was the leading airport in Northern Europe for long haul traffic between Europe and Asia.
A total of 16,462,600 passengers passed through Finavia's airports, 27% of which were domestic passengers. Domestic passengers totalled 4,470,300 (-6.1%) and international traffic passengers 11,992,300. (+4.8%). Travel progress was significantly slowed down by the volcano eruption in Iceland in April and by industrial action in December.
The number of passengers in Lapland clearly decreased. A total of 829,900 passengers (-7%) passed through the Lapland Airports (Enontekiö, Ivalo, Kemi-Tornio, Kittilä, Kuusamo, Rovaniemi). The total number of international passengers was 184,000 (-8.2%).
In domestic traffic, the market shares of the leading airlines were: Finnair
(51.7%), Finncomm Airlines (28%), Blue1 (17.2%), and others (2.9%).
The most important destination countries in international traffic were: Germany with 1,484,700 passengers (+1.3%), Sweden with 1,119,200 passengers (+7.8%), the UK with 974,100 passengers (+3.9%), Spain with 907,800 passengers (-5.4%) and Denmark with 647,200 passengers (+4.8%).
Helsinki Airport's Asian traffic increased
A total of 12,883,400 passengers (+2.2 %) passed through Helsinki Airport. The number of international traffic passengers was 10,674,900 (+4.3%) and the figure for domestic traffic was 2,208,500 (-6.9%). Over 2.2 million (+12.2 %) international transit passengers passed through the airport. International transit travel makes up around 21% of international passenger numbers at Helsinki Airport.
Helsinki Airport is the leading transit airport in Northern Europe for travel between Europe and Asia. A total of 1,417,000 passengers (+6.1%) passed through Helsinki Airport in Asian traffic. The most important destination countries in Asia were: Japan (381,700 passengers), Thailand (332,400 passengers) and China (307,700 passengers). The number of passengers for Soul increased the most (+44.7%).
Changes in Finnair check-in times
One in three passengers base their travel decisions on transit airports, Finavia survey finds
Finavia adopts CDM procedure to boost the efficiency of operations at the Helsinki Airport
Finavia makes its airports more eco-efficient - carbon dioxide emissions declining at Helsinki Airport
Number of air passengers continues to be at the record level, but the growth is slowing down
Flight traffic operates normally
Winter comes every year, even abroad – Finavia has been developing its offering of winter maintenance expertise
Security control for transfer passengers arriving from the United States is no longer required
RTG’s strike is over
The strike has started – flights and ground handling services will be taken care of as usual
Mid night sun in Lapland via Helsinki
Changes in Wizz Air routes during the summer
Updated at 11:50: ash persists over parts of Finland - according to the forecast, Helsinki Airport will open in the afternoon
updated 03.30 am: Air traffic restrictions remain as before, Mariehamn Airport opens for airtraffic
Fluid restrictions on transit passengers arriving from the United States and Canada have been relaxed
Finnair pilot's strike ended
Finavia’s web service renewed
Airport operations on Friday during the stoppage by the Trade Union for the Public and Welfare Sectors (JHL)
Finavia Interim Financial Report 1 January 2009 – 30 June 2009: The poor prospects of the sector constitute a challenge for Finavia
New route from Tampere to Turku and Oulu
Ryanair to start direct flights to Milan
Ryanair stops route Tampere-Liverpool
More Ryanair flights to London Stansted