March saw close to 185,000 passengers pass through Tallinn Airport, a year-on-year increase of 16.5%. In the first three months of 2017 the airport has served a total of 488,517 passengers – 18% more than in the same period last year.
According to Director of Marketing Eero Pärgmäe, the airport has now been growing at this pace for five consecutive months. “Mostly that’s down to the extra flights that Nordica and airBaltic are offering,” he explained. “They’re our two biggest operators, transporting 37% of all passengers between them.”
27 March marked the transition to the summer schedule at the airport, with the first seasonal destinations – Dublin, Girona and Bremen – returning to the flight schedule, where they were joined by newcomer British Airways, operating flights to Europe’s biggest airport, London Heathrow. Ahead of the peak season, a number of airlines have added extra flights on their main routes, including Frankfurt, Istanbul, Kyiv and Stockholm. Tallinn was linked by direct flights to 26 destinations in March, with this number set to rise to 36 during the summer months.
In addition to popular summer destinations on the continent, traveller interest is once again growing in package holidays to sunnier climes – with the most popular choices in March being Hurghada and Tenerife.