Tallinn Airport served 127,450 passengers in February, almost five times more than in the same period last year. This represents 65% of the pre-pandemic level.
Tallinn Airport’s Chief Commercial Officer Eero Pärgmäe says the school holidays which began at the end of February had a positive impact on passenger numbers. “Despite the figures for the month being slightly lower than projected, they were still very good,” he said. “Flight capacity also rose compared to January, reaching 57% for the month.” Pärgmäe stressed that regardless of the situation in Ukraine, flying remains safe and flights out of Tallinn Airport are operating as normal. “We understand people’s concerns, but I can assure travellers that all flights to European destinations are operating on safe routes, avoiding Ukrainian airspace,” he explained.
Regular flights were operated by 12 airlines to 32 destinations in February, with the biggest operators being Ryanair (26%) and airBaltic (20%). Charter flights accounted for 12% of all passenger movement, with the main destinations, in line with seasonal trends, being Egypt and the Canary Islands.
A total of 2314 flights were operated in February, producing an average of 83 take-offs and landings per day.
A total of 2863 passengers passed through regional airports in Estonia in February. “Passenger numbers were good once again during the month, reflecting the importance of regional airports in offering connections,” said Pärgmäe. He added that flights on the Tartu-Helsinki route are due to resume on 28 March, while the first flight on the Pärnu-Helsinki route will take to the skies on 5 May.
Kuressaare Airport served 1971 passengers in February, marking a 23% rise on the same period last year. Most of these travellers boarded flights between Tallinn and Kuressaare, which are operated by NyxAir 12 times a week using ATR-45 aircraft.
A total of 558 passengers passed through Kärdla Airport in February, an increase of 19% year on year. All flights between Kärdla and Tallinn, without exception, operated as planned, the route being served by Transaviabaltika 12 times per week.
Ruhnu Airport served 195 passengers in February, 60% of whom flew to Pärnu and 40% to Kuressaare. This was the same level as the year before.
A total of 119 passengers used Pärnu Airport in February, while 20 used Tartu Airport, which saw 253 flights operated during the month. Most of these were Estonian Aviation Academy training flights.