In April, 44,607 passengers travelled through Tallinn Airport, being the highest monthly number of passengers served over the last seven months. Average seat occupancy on flights was 43%.
According to Eero Pärgmäe, the Chief Commercial Officer at Tallinn Airport, the slight increase in the passenger numbers reflects the continuing desire and need of the people to travel and the belief that the situation in terms of cross-border movement is improving. “Despite a slight increase in the number of passengers we can see that people are still rather careful as regards travelling. As a result of the virus crisis, also the behaviour of passengers has changed – the period of planning the trip and buying tickets has somewhat shortened, to a couple of weeks and the awareness about the necessary documents and certificates has increased. Nevertheless, we urge people to take the first corona test at the airport when returning from a country with high infection rate and remain in self-isolation until the second negative test result. Everyone’s contribution to preventing the spread of virus is important and helps tourism to recover in summer,” Pärgmäe said and added that all those arriving in Estonia must fill in the passenger locator form before the start of their trip, which can be done in the self-service environment of Health Board up to three days before the arrival in Estonia. “Advance completion of the declaration helps to avoid queues on arrival in the country and speeds up the transit through the airport.
In April, connections to Istanbul and Malaga were reopened and there were regular flights to 18 different destinations. Routes with the biggest passenger numbers were Frankfurt, Helsinki and Stockholm, used by half of all regular passengers.
In April, the total number of flight operations was 1636. Airlines with the highest numbers of travellers this year have been Lufthansa, airBaltic and Finnair, whose market shares remain around 17–18%. The airline with the highest number of passengers in April was Smartlynx, operating charter flights to Egypt, Canary Islands and Turkey. Altogether, one-third of all passengers of the Tallinn Airport used charter flights in April. The school vacation of April did not lead to a significant increase in the number of travellers.
Over the first four months of the year, altogether 130,649 passengers travelled through Tallinn Airport, being by 85% less compared to the same period of 2019. In four months, a total of 5420 flight operations were carried out, being an average of 45 landings and takeoffs per day. The number of flight operations has dropped by 63% compared to the same period of 2019.