Statistics Finland revealed that due to the COVID-19 pandemic prevailing in the country as well as in the world, the number of passengers at Finland’s airports during July 2019 is still much lower than the levels recorded during the same month in 2019.
Based on data provided by Statistics Finland, 422,785 passengers traveled through Finnish airports during July 2021. Thus, these figures indicate that the number of passengers using Finland’s airports was 61 percent higher compared to July 2020.
“A total of 422,785 passengers traveled through Finnish airports in July 2021, which is 61 percent more than a year ago, but nonetheless 82 percent less than in July 2019,” the statement from the Finnish Statistics Office read.
However, figures from July 2021 related to passengers who used Finnish airports are down 82 percent compared to the pre-pandemic period, TheSchengen.com reports.
According to a press release from Statistics Finland, the high growth in the number of passengers during this year is linked to the collapse in air traffic in 2020. This means that since most travelers were unable to travel last year, the number of those who decided to take a trip this year increased significantly .
In addition, the same press release revealed that in July 2021, a total of 356,408 passengers flew through Helsinki Airport, while 66,377 passengers flew through other domestic airports.
“Helsinki Airport accounted for 84 percent of all passengers at domestic airports,” Statistics Finland added.
Although Helsinki Airport represented the majority of passengers, July 2021 figures showed that the number of passengers at Helsinki Airport decreased by 83% compared to the same period in 2019. In addition, the total number of passengers at other Finland domestic airports decreased by 71 percent compared to the pre-pandemic period.
In contrast, when comparing the July 2021 figures with those recorded in July 2020, the number of passengers at Helsinki Airport increased by 64 percent, while other domestic airports recorded a 45 percent increase.
As for air freight and postal transport, 12,429 tons entered the country through Finland’s airports, indicating an increase of 28 percent compared to last year.
Currently, Finland imposes strict restrictions on travelers who have not been vaccinated or cured of COVID-19 disease, which has led to a decrease in the number of travelers using the country’s airports.
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Previously, TheSchengen.com reported that Malta recorded a 50.1 percent drop in outbound tourist trips during the first six months of 2021.