Passenger volumes at Helsinki Airport are increasing faster than at other Nordic main airports, according to the gateway’s operator Finavia.
In March, the growth of traffic at the main Nordic airports was the fastest at Helsinki Airport for the 11th consecutive month, while the increase in passenger volumes also continues at other Finnish airports.
In the first quarter (Q1) of 2018, Finavia’s airports were visited by just over 5.9 million passengers.
Helsinki Airport’s airport director, Joni Sundelin said: “We carry out a monthly comparison of the growth rate of Helsinki Airport’s international passenger traffic to the reported growth of passenger volumes at other main airports in Northern Europe.
“In a long-term comparison, we surpassed Oslo in Norway and Copenhagen in Denmark in October 2017. Now, in March 2018, we also overtook Arlanda in Sweden.”
In Q1 this year, Helsinki Airport was visited by almost 4.7 million passengers. The growth from the previous year was 12.3 per cent. International air traffic included almost 3.8 million passengers, which is 13 per cent more than Q1 in 2017.
Significant growth came from several European and long-haul destinations and passenger numbers grew the most from Qatar, Spain and the Netherlands.
Most passengers arrived at Helsinki from Spain, Germany and Sweden. The number of passengers on domestic flights increased by 9.5 per cent.
Sundeline added: “If the development of passenger volumes continues as in the first quarter of the year, we will reach the milestone of 20 million passengers this year.
“The key is to keep up the good work with our customer satisfaction and customer experience development when we at the same time are getting ready to serve over 30 million annual passengers.”
Finavia is carrying out an ongoing €900 million development programme at Helsinki Airport. In 2017, the airport was visited by 18.9 million passengers.