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Over 17 million airline passengers in 2007

11.1.08 at 08:11

International traffic increased dramatically: There were 10% more passengers than in 2006, but domestic traffic decreased by 1.8% compared with 2006.

Helsinki-Vantaa set a record for passenger numbers, while other airports also saw growth

The number of passengers at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport exceeded 13 million for the first time. The number of passengers at Helsinki-Vantaa increased 8% on the previous year. The passenger figures include departures and arrivals as well as passengers in transit.

After Helsinki-Vantaa, the next busiest airports were Oulu, Tampere-Pirkkala and Rovaniemi. In Oulu (840,000 passengers) the number of passengers started to decline in March and fell by 1% during the year as a whole. There were nearly 690,000 passengers passing through Tampere-Pirkkala with growth of almost 9%. Rovaniemi had nearly 450,000 passengers with growth of 4%. There were over 300,000 passengers for Vaasa, Turku and Kuopio.

Passenger numbers increased clearly in Tampere-Pirkkala (9%), Kemi-Tornio (9%) and Vaasa (5%). The sharpest falls in passenger numbers were at Varkaus Airport, where regular traffic was interrupted in March, and Lappeenranta (-53%) where traffic came to halt from the start of September. The greatest percentage increase was recorded in Enontekiö (44%), where 95% of the passengers during the year were recorded in December; there were 25,000 passengers as a whole during the year.

Asian traffic increased significantly

Traffic from Finland to Asia increased in 2007 by as much as 40% (departures and passengers in transit). Passengers to Asia numbered 648,000 in 2007, whereas this figure was 462,000 individuals in the previous year. The total traffic between Asia and Finland (departures, arrivals and passengers in transit) increased 39% on 2006, exceeding the 1.27 million passenger mark during the year.

The increases in passenger numbers to the most popular destinations in Asia were China (+15%), Thailand (+26%) and Japan (+47%). The most rapid growth in traffic to Asia was to India (+390%) and Hong Kong (+69%).

For the first time, Germany surpassed Sweden as the most popular travel destination in Europe: There were 783,000 departing passengers and passengers in transit to Germany (+25%) and 655,000 departing passengers and passengers in transit to Sweden (+13%). A total of 468,506 passengers flew to Britain in 2007 (+14%).

Helsinki-Vantaa's Asian traffic also strengthens the selection of European destinations

The role of Helsinki-Vantaa Airport as a transit airport was entrenched. The number of gateway passengers to Asia increased in 2007 by a record 51% to 387,000 passengers. In total, the number of gateway passengers increased by 34%, hitting the 930,000 passenger mark (Gateway passenger = international transit passengers who arrive from abroad and continue their journey to a foreign country).

Growth in international traffic in northern Finland slowed down towards the end of the year

In northern Finland, the number of passengers on international flights increased sharply during the early part of 2007 (22% in February and 30% in March), but in December the figures fell short of the record set in 2006 (-3%).

Rovaniemi (33,000 departing international passengers) and Kittilä (30,000 departing international passengers) remained the most popular airports for Christmas traffic. In 2007, the number of Christmas tourist passengers to Enontekiö (12,000) exceeded the level to Ivalo (9,000).

The largest number of international Christmas passengers arrived in northern Finland from Britain, a total of 90,400, an increase of 1% on 2006. After Britain, the largest number of Christmas tourists arrived from France (increase of 11%), Russia (increase of 42%) and Ireland (decrease of 25%).

Traffic statistics on the Internet: http://www.finavia.fi/liikennetilastot