In May, 271,484 passengers passed through Tallinn Airport, the highest number of passengers served in a single month in the last two and a half years. This represents 90% of the pre-pandemic level.
According to Eero Pärgmäe, Member of the Management Board of Tallinn Airport AS, the volume of peak-hour passengers has reached pre-pandemic levels and the recovery of air traffic is in full swing. “Long queues at airports across Europe caused by the rapid growth in passenger numbers and staff shortages have been widely reported in the media in recent weeks. We and our partners alike are working every day to recruit new staff and to continue to provide a high quality service. However, to ensure that everyone’s journey starts as smoothly and pleasantly as possible, we urge everyone to arrive at the airport at least 2 hours before departure. Also, every passenger should make sure that only allowed liquids and items are in their hand luggage, so that security checks are faster for everyone,” said Pärgmäe, adding that passengers with hand luggage are advised to check in online so that they can proceed to security immediately upon arrival at the airport.
In May, there were regular flights on 34 routes. The largest number of passengers used direct connections to the hubs in Helsinki, Frankfurt and Riga, as well as to Stockholm and Warsaw. In May, the average load factor for scheduled flights was 71%. Nearly 13% of all passengers used charter flights, mainly to Antalya but also to resorts in Greece, Tunisia, Montenegro and Portugal.
Ryanair was the airline with the biggest market share, as it had 15 routes from Tallinn and carried 22% of all passengers. Air Baltic flew on 13 routes and served 21% of passengers. 29% of passengers flew with budget airlines.
In May, there were 3,652 flight operations, which is an average of 118 landings and take-offs per day.
The regional airport with the highest number of passengers was Kuressaare with 3,531 passengers in May. Kärdla Airport had 1,211 passengers, Tartu 1,202 and Pärnu 224.