Altogether, 1,395,508 people passed through Tallinn Airport in the first six months of the year, marking a 16% rise on the same period in 2022. June saw roughly the same number of travellers using the airport as in the same month last year: 269,911 in total.
Riivo Tuvike, the chairman of the management board of Tallinn Airport, says the travel season has reached its peak and that interest in discovering new destinations remains high. “As elsewhere, the summer months have always been the most popular time of year in Estonia for people to go on their travels,” he said. “Airports are full of passengers once again, and they need to be able to serve them all. I have no doubt summer will go a lot more smoothly for us and for everyone else in Europe compared to last year, but that said, people should still bargain on longer queues and for things generally to take more time, especially at larger airports.”
Direct flights were operated out of Tallinn by 14 airlines in June, taking travellers to 32 destinations. There were also charter flights, the most popular destination for which was once again the Turkish resort of Antalya. Other charter flights flew passengers to Montenegro, Tunisia and the Greek islands of Crete and Corfu.
Due to the airport being at its busiest, Tuvike urges all travellers to arrive for their flights in good time. “To get your trip off to a good start, we recommend being at the airport two hours before your scheduled departure,” he advised. “You should do so taking into account the major roadworks all over Tallinn at the moment, which could cause delays. If you get here early enough, that will give you plenty of time to check in, make your way through security – and passport control, if you need to – and enjoy the services offered at the airport.” He added that passengers should pack any carry-on luggage smartly, since this will prevent them being called aside for additional checks at security. “And with checked-in luggage, economical packing is better for the environment because it means your plane will use less fuel,” he explained.
Tuvike says the summer flight schedule offers a variety of destinations, with new discoveries to be made alongside old favourites. “AirBaltic has launched seasonal flights to Dubrovnik, Split, Rhodes and Iraklion, and resumed flying to Berlin and Oslo,” he said. “The bigger capitals in Europe are served very well by direct links, and the frequent flights available out of major hubs are what connect us to the more than 1000 destinations people in Estonia want to fly to.”
June saw a total of 3572 flight operations at Tallinn Airport, which is an average of 119 take-offs and landings per day. The airline which served the most passengers during the month was airBaltic, flying to 16 destinations, followed by Ryanair, Lufthansa and Finnair. The most popular destinations were the hubs of Helsinki, Riga, Frankfurt, Stockholm and Warsaw.
A total of 6115 passengers passed through regional airports in Estonia in June: 3826 in Kuressaare, 1819 in Kärdla, 321 in Pärnu, 127 in Tartu and 22 in Kihnu.
Tallinn Airport is Estonia’s largest state-owned aviation hub. It is renowned for being the cosiest airport in the world and has been repeatedly voted one of the airports with the best service in Europe. A total of 2.7 million travellers passed through the airport in 2022, and its goal for 2023 is to serve 2.9 million passengers by the end of the year.