Tallinn Airport had 166,379 passengers in December, which is 70% of the pre-pandemic average. In December, the average occupancy rate for regular flights was 56%.
According to Riivo Tuvike, Chairman of the Management Board of Tallinn Airport, December was a very good month in terms of the number of passengers: “Although winter is traditionally a low season in terms of travel, the last month of the year resulted in good passenger traffic – it was facilitated by improved flight schedule, which allowed direct flights to 34 destinations. We will continue to strive to offer a varied and flexible flight schedule with high-quality services. We are happy that passengers continue to trust us and choose Tallinn Airport as their starting and ending destination.”
Twelve airlines operated regular flights from Tallinn Airport by the end of the year. Ryanair had the largest market share in December, accounting for 23% of all passengers. Low-cost airlines were utilized by 36% of all passengers. The most popular direct flight destinations were Helsinki, Riga, Frankfurt, and Stockholm. Eighty percent of charter passengers traveled to Egypt, while twenty percent went to the Canary Islands.
In total, Tallinn Airport served 1,300,572 passengers in 2021, which is 50% higher than the previous year but 60% less than in 2019. When compared to pre-crisis levels, the number of passengers on regular flights increased by an average of 37%, and on charter flights by 60%.
Tuvike said that the end of 2021 gives courage and confidence that the aviation industry is on the mend: “We are entering the new year intending to serve 2.5 million passengers”.
During the year, Air Baltic transported the most passengers (22%), with low-cost carriers accounting for the remaining 24%. Swiss, a part of the Lufthansa group, began flights to Tallinn – in July, a regular line between Zurich and Tallinn was started. Ryanair and Wizz Air have launched new routes to Rome, Naples, Barcelona, Billund, Liverpool, and other places. Tallinn Airport had daily flights to 40 destinations in 2021.
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