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Finland’s airports boom in 2018

Traffic at Helsinki and Finavia’s airports’ continues to grow – to 19 million passengers so far in 2018.

The number of air passengers is continuing to grow as expected in Finland. According to airport operator Finavia’s statistics, 18.6 million (+11%) passengers travelled through Finavia’s 21 airports between January and September.

A record-breaking 15.8 million passengers used Helsinki Airport in the same period, with the 20-million milestone expected to be smashed at HEL later in 2018.

The 11% growth in traffic reflects what has been a good year for Finland, Finavia says, reflecting the attractiveness of Finland as a destination and the increasing importance of Helsinki as a hub between Europe and Asia.

“The excellent growth in traffic is in accordance with our expectations. Passenger numbers are now growing at the same rate at Helsinki and in the main regional airports such as Oulu, Turku, Kittilä and Vaasa,” says Joni Sundelin, executive director of Helsinki Airport.

“Besides that growth, responsibility in operations and the sustainable development of the airports are at the core of Finavia’s business. This means we bear the responsibility for the impact of our operations on people, the environment and society.”

Helsinki Airport is already completely carbon neutral, as all the network airports will be by 2020.

New routes
Finnair’s new connections are visible in the statistics, with passenger numbers growing on its Asia routes. Norwegian has also been increasing the number of its routes in Finland.

A new airline, flyDubai, started daily scheduled flights to Helsinki and SAS started a direct route between Tampere and Malaga.

At the end of October, easyJet will start flying from London Gatwick to Rovaniemi, which is expected to bring more British travellers directly to Lapland.

The number of international transit passengers at Helsinki Airport has grown by 26.2% since the start of the year.

Most of these come from Japan, China, Sweden and Germany. The traffic growth at HEL has continued to be stronger than at other major northern European airports, Finavia says.

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