Strong increase in transit traffic in the third quarter at Helsinki Airport

A total of 11.7 million passengers used Helsinki Airport in January–September, which was 2.5% more than in the corresponding period of 2012. International transit traffic increased by 8.6% compared with the same period in the previous year. There was particularly strong growth in the number of passengers transferring between international flights. The increase was 18.0% during the third quarter. 

Foto: Helsinki Airport

“International transit traffic has grown steadily throughout the year and the rate of growth has accelerated towards the year’s end. This means that we have every reason to be optimistic about the future. We can be very happy with this trend, because it shows that Helsinki Airport is an important and attractive air transport hub between Europe and Asia,” says Joni Sundelin, Senior Vice President in charge of the Finavia airport network, marketing and sales.

“There has been strong growth in transit traffic and international traffic since spring and we expect the passenger volumes in these areas to keep on growing in the latter part of the year. Because of strong growth in these two sectors, this year’s passenger volumes at Finavia’s airports may reach 2012 levels, despite the general economic situation,” continues Sundelin.

A total of 14.4 million passengers used Finavia’s airports in January–September 2013 (14.6 million in 1–9/2012). The passenger volumes declined by 1.8% compared with January–September 2012. After a substantial drop in the first quarter, the decline in demand was halted and passenger volumes increased by 3.3% in the third quarter. The growth was a result of an increase in international air travel.

Finavia publishes monthly traffic statistics, which are available at

All percentages of change given in this press release describe the developments in January–September 2013 compared with the corresponding period in 2012. Correspondingly, the developments in the third quarter of 2013 have been compared with the third quarter of 2012. 

Finavia provides and develops airport and air navigation services with focus on safety, customer-orientation and cost efficiency. Finavia’s comprehensive network of 25 airports enables international connections from Finland — and to different parts of Finland. Helsinki Airport is the leading Northern European transit airport for long-haul traffic. Revenues in 2012 were EUR 359 million, and the number of employees 2800.


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