New air traffic records in Finland

Passengers from Asia are increasing rapidly
Finnish airports have attracted a record number of passengers so far this year. The airports operated by Finavia saw a total of 10,958,075 passengers in the first half of 2017, up 7.9%.
Helsinki Airport, the largest of Finavia’s 21 airports, recorded a total of 9,034,244 pax in the first quarter of 2017, with 8.6% growth – the busiest ever first half there.
This was boosted by record arrivals from Asia, up 12.8% compared to H1 2016, due in part to additional flights from Japan and Hong Kong and the overall growth in international transfer passengers.
The number of people connecting to another international flight at Helsinki grew by a “staggering” 23.3% in the second quarter, Finavia said.
“International passenger volumes at our airports grew by more than 10% between January and June, with a growth of around 2% in the number of domestic passengers,” said Finavia CEO Kari Savolainen.
“We have been working hard at Helsinki Airport to achieve this growth in passenger numbers, both in terms of supporting our carrier clients and improving the services we offer.”
He added: “We are in the midst of a €900 million development programme that will allow us to provide services for the 20 million air passengers we expect to see annually by 2020.”
At Finland’s second largest airport, in Oulu, passenger volume was down 16.6% during the second quarter due to a runway refurbishment. This allowed Kemi-Tornio Airport in Lapland to increase traffic by 78.1%. Kittilä Airport also achieved a more than 70% year-on-year rise in volumes in the second quarter.
Europe continued to hold the top spot for passenger numbers, but traffic from Asia exceeded one million for the first time in the first half of the year, up 12.7% compared to H1 2016. This included a 19.5% rise in numbers on routes to Asia in the second quarter.
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