A total of 284,215 passengers passed through Tallinn Airport in October, equalling the high-season volume recorded in August and the same month last year. Across the first 10 months of the year the airport served 2,516,276 passengers – a rise of 7.8% on the same period in 2022.
Eero Pärgmäe, a member of the management board of Tallinn Airport, says he is delighted that people are continuing to utilise the autumn school holidays to travel. “The summer peak has passed, but the autumn school break remains one of the busiest periods for travel, with more than 66,000 people of all ages passing through the airport each week,” he noted. “October saw a 5% rise in passenger numbers on regular flights year on year, and those numbers started going up in the week before the school holidays. As expected, the most popular destination during the month was Antalya, which more than 17,000 people flew to.” He added that the extensions to the airport’s long-term A2 car park were completed just before the holidays, providing 400 further parking spaces and thereby alleviating the shortfall during peak travel periods.
The winter flight schedule came into effect around the world at the end of October. “More seats than ever before are on sale for flights out of Tallinn this winter season,” Pärgmäe explained. “Travellers have a choice of 40 direct routes operated by 17 different airlines, which for winter represents a great range of destinations. Tickets are cheaper than they were during the high season, which is an added bonus. The winter schedule this year is also more favourable for business travellers, with flights to Vilnius being geared more towards them and extra flights operating to major hubs.”
Pärgmäe adds that people need to pay as much attention to how they pack their bags in winter as they do in summer. “A lot of passengers are still being called aside to have their checked luggage inspected, because they’re putting things in them that they’re not supposed to, like power banks and e-cigarettes,” he cautioned.
Flights to 37 different destinations were operated out of Tallinn by 15 airlines in October. Ryanair’s connections to Dublin and Paphos were restored at the end of the month, while airBaltic launched direct flights to Tenerife and Tampere. In total, 3402 flight operations took place during the month, with an average of 110 arrivals and departures each day.
Elsewhere in Estonia, regional airports served a total of 4600 passengers in October: 3446 in Kuressaare, 1115 in Kärdla and 39 in Tartu.