According to a recent report published by Finavia, the airport operator owned by the Finnish government, 4.2% more passengers traveled through its network of 21 airports in the first six months of 2019 than in the same stretch of 2018.
Notably, Finavia manages Helsinki Airport, the country’s largest; out of the 12.8 million passengers that flew in Finland in the first half of 2019, about 83% passed through Helsinki. The airport set an all-time record for passenger traffic in a single month, with over two million passengers using the facility in June.
Demand for connectivity between Europe and Eastern Asia has driven Helsinki Airport’s growth. Finland’s strategic location in Northern Europe allows for quicker connections on polar routes. In the first half of 2019, passenger traffic on Helsinki’s Chinese routes grew 1.8%, while its Japanese routes jumped by 9%.
Source: Aviation 24