The number of air passengers increased by 14% in February
The increase in the number of passengers at Tallinn Airport continues – in February, the main air gateway of Estonia served nearly 195,000 passengers, which is 14% more than during the same period last year.
For the first time, the most popular direct line in February was Tallinn – Stockholm served by four airlines: Nordica, Air Baltic, SAS and Norwegian with up to nine flights per day. Over 20,000 passengers flew between the capitals of Estonia and Sweden during the 28 days of last month, which was nearly 40% more than last February.
According to Eero Pärgmäe, the commercial director of Tallinn Airport, such an increase in the popularity of the line may be explained by the increased offering which has made the prices more affordable. “The importance of Stockholm as a junction airport has increased and will probably increase further because there are up to 9 flights to Arlanda Airport per day,” Pärgmäe added.
Next to Stockholm, the number of passengers continued to increase for the majority of direct lines that take passengers to a total of 25 destinations from Tallinn. Decline could only be observed due to the termination of Saint Petersburg flights by Nordica and changes in the line network at the directions of Munich and Amsterdam. Air Baltic became the largest airline at Tallinn, additional passengers have also been brought by economy airlines Ryanair, Wizzair and Norwegian.
“In January and February, the number of passengers has increased by 17 and 14 per cent, respectively, which has been a positive surprise for us and shows continued increase in demand,” Pärgmäe added. “However, regardless of the numbers, it is important that the withdrawal of Nordica has not resulted in a declined number of passengers, and instead we have managed to increase the number of seats through alternative solutions.”
Last year brought a record-breaking number of passengers for Tallinn Airport once again, and on the last day of the year, the threshold of 3 million passengers was crossed, which makes 8,200 passengers and 60 flights per day in average.