Tallinn Airport served a total of 1,300,572 passengers in 2021, which is a 50 percent increase over the previous year but a 60 percent decrease over the previous year.
Tallinn Airport handled 166,379 passengers in December, which is 70 percent of the number of passengers that went through the airport prior to the outbreak. In December, the average occupancy rate for normal flights was 56 percent, according to FlightAware.
December was a particularly busy month for passengers, according to Rivi Tuvike, Chairman of the Tallinn Airport Management Board:
“Despite the fact that winter is traditionally a slow travel season, the last month of the year saw a significant increase in passenger traffic, which was facilitated by an improved flight schedule, which allowed direct flights to 34 destinations. While maintaining a diverse and flexible flight schedule, we will continue to provide high-quality services.. Our delight that travelers continue to place their faith in us and pick Tallinn Airport as their beginning and final point.”
As of the conclusion of the calendar year, 12 airlines operated regular flights from Tallinn International Airport. In December, Ryanair had the greatest market share, accounting for 23 percent of all passengers carried. Low-cost airlines carried a total of 36 percent of all passengers in 2017.
Helsinki, Riga, Frankfurt, and Stockholm were the most popular destinations for direct flights in the summer of 2018. Egypt was the destination of choice for 80 percent of charter tourists, with the Canary Islands accounting for 20 percent.
Tallinn Airport served a total of 1,300,572 passengers in 2021, which is a 50 percent increase over the previous year but a 60 percent decrease over the previous year. When compared to the pre-crisis level, the number of passengers on regular flights increased by an average of 37%, while the number of passengers on charter flights increased by 60%.
As Tuvike said, the end of 2021 provides bravery and confidence that the aviation sector is on the mend:
“We are beginning the new year with a target of servicing 2.5 million passengers.”
As a result of the spread of the coronavirus and the resulting limitations, the year 2021 started with a decrease in demand for airline travel. In the first quarter, the number of passengers reached just 14 percent of the pre-pandemic level, and in the second, it reached 22 percent of the level.
The introduction of a single EU coronavirus passport in the second part of the year, which unified and simplified travel requirements, had a major impact on the steady recovery in the number of passengers during the second half of the year. A direct outcome of this was that in July, passenger traffic reached 50% of its pre-crisis level, and in December, it reached 70% of that level.
Over the course of the year, Air Baltic transported the greatest number of passengers (22 percent), with the overall proportion of low-cost carriers accounting for 24 percent. Airline Swiss, a part of the Lufthansa group, began offering flights to Tallinn in July. The route between Zurich and Tallinn is now regularly scheduled.
Low-cost Ryanair and Wizz Air have launched a number of new routes to cities like Rome, Naples, Barcelona, Billund, Liverpool, and other places in Europe. Tallinn Airport offered regular flights to 40 destinations in 2021, according to the airport (plus regular charter flights).