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Passenger numbers at Tallinn Airport rise 5.6% in February

More than 200,000 passengers travelled through Tallinn Airport in February, which is an increase of 5.6% year-on-year. The growth in passenger numbers is mainly due to the increase in the number of seats offered by the airlines, and the increase in the number of destinations.

In February, there were regular flights from Tallinn to 32 destinations. After a short winter break, Aegean Airlines started direct flights to Athens and SunExpress to Antalya. SAS reopened connections to Copenhagen and Oslo. The number of passengers was biggest on the Helsinki route, which had an average of 8 flights per day. Frankfurt was second and Riga third. The market shares of the airlines were as follows: airBaltic 26.7%, Ryanair 14%, Lufthansa 11.5% and Finnair 10.6%. As is typical of the season, charter flights mainly headed to beach holiday destinations such as Egypt, the Canary Islands and Sri Lanka.

According to Eero Pärgmäe, Member of the Management Board of Tallinn Airport AS, the results for February are good and the winter school break brought a buzz and a sense of the peak season of summer to the airport. “We’re pleased with the number of passengers in the first few months of the year and are preparing for the peak summer season,” said Pärgmäe. “This means that a number of improvements are currently underway at the airport – in early April, we’ll be able to replace all five security screening devices, which means a more comfortable and faster security check in the future. The construction of the Business Lounge is in its final stages and we’ll open the new and larger lounge also in April. Major construction work is underway in the non-Schengen area, where we’ll open new passenger waiting areas in the summer. The construction period is a little difficult for passengers, but we’re doing our best to cause as little inconvenience as possible.”

A total of 3,997 passengers travelled through regional airports in February: 2,890 in Kuressaare, 764 in Kärdla, 183 in Ruhnu, 116 in Pärnu and 44 in Tartu.

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