October 19, 2017

Finavia on course to break records – again

88 per cent of Finavia’s passengers travelled through Helsinki Airport in the year's third quarter.
88 per cent of Finavia’s passengers travelled through Helsinki Airport in the year's third quarter.
Finavia

The number of passengers at airports operated by Finavia continued to grow in the third quarter of this year, so the company is headed to yet another record-breaking year.

According to Finavia’s traffic statistics, over 16.8 million passengers passed through its 21 airports between January and September. The total growth is 9.4 per cent in comparison to the same time period in 2016.

“Our passenger volumes continue to grow due to general positive development in the economy, Finnair’s strong growth especially in their Asian air traffic, improved passenger load factors, and Finland’s growing attraction as a travel destination,” explains Joni Sundelin, SVP, director of airport networks and sales. “We also work tirelessly on acquiring new routes and airlines to our airports. Over the past year, we have gained new clients to the Helsinki Airport, including Qatar Airways, Transavia, Blue Air and Croatia Airlines. In addition, the Chinese airline Lucky Air will start operating in January.”

Between July and September this year, the most significant destinations in Europe were Germany, Sweden and Spain. In Asia, they were perhaps unsurprisingly Japan and China.

Finavia tells that it’s already evident that last year’s record of passenger numbers will be broken this year.

“Air travel is increasing in popularity, not only in Europe, but also elsewhere,” Sundelin notes. “We can see this especially well in the growing international transfer passenger volumes at Helsinki Airport. We have continuously broken records from quarter to quarter this year.”

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