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Published: 22 September 2021

Number of passengers at Finnish airports still far from the level of 2019 in August 2021

According to Statistics Finland, a total of 523,050 passengers flew through Finnish airports in August 2021, which was 57 per cent more than one year ago, but still 77 per cent fewer than in August 2019. 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 in spring 2020. There were 445,115 passengers at Helsinki Airport and a total of 77,935 passengers at other domestic airports. Helsinki Airport accounted for 85 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 August 2021, the number of passengers at Helsinki Airport was 78 per cent lower and the combined number of passengers at other domestic airports 71 per cent lower than in August 2019. Compared with last year’s August, the number of passengers increased by 63 per cent at Helsinki Airport and by 29 per cent at other domestic airports.

Seventy-four per cent of the passengers were from international flights and 26 per cent from domestic flights. The share of passengers on international flights was 85 per cent at Helsinki Airport and 12 per cent in total at other domestic airports.

In August 2021, air freight and mail transport totalled 11,352 tonnes, which was 11 per cent more than one year earlier. In total, 97 per cent of the tonnes passed through Helsinki Airport and 99 per cent were transported in traffic between Finland and foreign countries. Altogether 6,314 tonnes of the transported volume of goods were outgoing and 5,038 tonnes were incoming.

Source: Transport and Tourism, Statistics Finland

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

Head of Department in charge: Hannele Orjala

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Updated 22.09.2021

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Air transport [e-publication].
ISSN=2670-1847. August 2021. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 28.1.2023].
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