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Latest publication: Air transport 2022, February

Published: 20 January 2022

Number of passengers at Finnish airports continued to grow in December 2021

Altogether 1,204,853 passengers flew through Finnish airports in December 2021. The number of passengers exceeded one million for the first time since February 2020. This was a multiple number compared to the previous year, but still only slightly over one-half of the number of passengers in December 2019. There were 835,714 passengers at Helsinki Airport and a total of 367,139 passengers at other domestic airports. Helsinki Airport accounted for 70 per cent of all passengers at domestic airports.

Number of passengers at Finnish airports by month in 2019 to 2021

Number of passengers at Finnish airports by month in 2019 to 2021

In December 2021, the number of passengers at Helsinki Airport was 51 per cent lower and the combined number of passengers at other domestic airports 35 per cent lower than in December 2019. Compared with December 2020, the number of passengers at both Helsinki Airport and other domestic airports was multiple times higher. The exceptionally high relative growth in the number of passengers compared to the year before is caused by the collapse of air traffic due to the COVID-19 pandemic starting from spring 2020

Seventy per cent of air traffic passengers were from international flights and 30 per cent from domestic flights. The share of passengers on international flights was 79 per cent at Helsinki Airport and 51 per cent in total at other domestic airports.

In December 2021, air freight and mail transport totalled 19,118 tonnes, which was 36 per cent more than one year earlier. In total, 99.8 per cent of the tonnes were transported through Helsinki Airport and 99 per cent in traffic between Finland and foreign countries. Altogether 10,355 tonnes of the transported volume of goods were outgoing and 8,763 tonnes incoming.

Source: Transport and Tourism, Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Jukka Tuominen 029 551 3635, Sami Lahtinen 029 551 3207,

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Updated 20.1.2022

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Air transport [e-publication].
ISSN=2670-1847. December 2021. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 6.7.2022].
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