Finnair launches flights to Samara, sixth destination in Russia
The Finnish market is close to 20 million passengers in 2014. Finland is home to 5.5 million people, but it covers an area almost the size of Germany, making it the most sparsely populated country in the European Union, anna.aero reports. Most people live in the south so it’s no surprise that the country’s main gateway is Helsinki, with over 14 million passengers in 2013.
Finland also has another 24 commercial airports with a combined 3.7 million passengers last year. Finland’s total air passenger figures fell 0.9% in 2013. International traffic rose 2.8%, domestic fell 10%.
The flag carrier Finnair remains the dominant carrier on international flights with 58% of the market, almost five times bigger than Norwegian. Finnair, a oneworld member, carried 9.3 million pax in 2013, up 5.6%. It operates 57 international routes from Helsinki, the most recently commenced operations being to Samara, its sixth destination in Russia.
Russia is in fact showing the biggest growth in weekly capacity, at 46%. Besides Samara, Finnair has launched operations to Nizhny Novgorod and Kazan over the last 12 months. In addition, on April 26, S7 Airlines helped Helsinki secure its third serving airline to Moscow, with daily flights to Moscow Domodedovo.
Meanwhile, Denmark is the only country to feature in this year’s ranking with a significant decline (-4.1%), due to the loss of SAS’ six weekly services from Turku to Copenhagen.
[pictured: Morning departures at Helsinki Airport; courtesy Finavia]