Saturday 1/16/21
CORONAVIRUS CRISIS

Passengers at Finnish airports fell 91% in October

The crisis in the air transport industry worsens every day, according to the actors involved in the business.
Helsinki airport's departure hall. Photo: Finavia.
Helsinki airport's departure hall. Photo: Finavia.

Finnish airports are dying amidst travel restrictions enacted by the Finnish government, which currently applies strict limitations to people from all Schengen countries and from almost the entire world.

Travelers from countries with an incidence of less than 25 coronavirus cases per 100,000 inhabitants during the previous 2 weeks can enter without sanitary restrictions (Covid-19 tests, quarantine...). But this limit is so strict that only a handful of countries, not even including Finland, can meet it.

So, the crisis in the air transport industry worsens every day, according to the actors involved in the business.

Statistics Finland released its Tourism and Transportation figures for October 2020 on Thursday. According to the data, during the last month a total of 196,279 passengers flew through Finnish airports, which was 91% fewer than twelve months earlier.

There were 147,736 passengers at Helsinki Airport (92% less compared to October 2019) and 48,543 at other domestic airports (down by 826%). Helsinki Airport accounted for 75% of all passengers at domestic airports.

Of the passengers, 56% came from international flights and 44% from domestic flights. The share of passengers on international flights was 71% at Helsinki Airport and 9% at other domestic airports.

January-October

Overall, so far this year (January-October), the number of passengers flying through Finnish airports totaled 6.1 million, 72% less than a year earlier. 70% of them came from international flights and 30% from domestic traffic.

There were 4.8 million passengers at Helsinki Airport and 1.3 million at other airports. Helsinki Airport accounted for 79% of the passengers.

In January to October 2020, the volume of air freight and mail transport totaled 107,461 tonnes, which was 43% lower than one year earlier. 98% of this cargo passed through Helsinki and 99% was transported in traffic between Finland and foreign countries.

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