Tallinn Airport served more than 158,000 passengers in March, 3% less than in the same period last year.
According to Tallinn Airport Marketing Director Eero Pärgmäe, regular traffic in March was somewhat influenced by the shocking events in Brussels, but the continuing decline in the segment of charter flights had the greatest impact. “Even though flights to Spain, Italy and Austria were added in March, they’re not able to compensate for the reduced number of charter passengers flying to Egypt and Turkey,” Pärgmäe explained.
One positive trend is that the number of regular passengers increased by almost 2% in the first quarter of the year, but the number of charter passengers has decreased by 15% in the same period. The total number of air passengers remained at the same level during the first quarter as in 2015, amounting to 413,000 travellers.
As of the end of March, the biggest carrier at Tallinn Airport was Nordica, which has added extra flights on its Munich route and commenced regular flights to Berlin, Paris and Vienna. March also saw airBaltic launch direct flights between Tallinn and Amsterdam. The average occupancy of regular flights in March was 67%, with 89% of flights departing on time.
Last month it was possible to fly to 23 destinations from Tallinn Airport, the most popular of which were the flight hubs of Helsinki, Frankfurt and Rīga.