Strong fluctuations in domestic passenger volumes – Asia continued to grow

In air traffic, the year 2012 was characterised by larger and quicker fluctuations in demand than previously, particularly in domestic traffic. The importance of transit travel and Asian traffic continued to grow. The occupancy rates of planes increased, particularly in international traffic.

In 2012, the volume of passengers at Finavia’s airports remained at a record level of 19.2 million (19.1). The growth in passenger numbers slowed down rapidly from 2011 and was only 0.5 per cent. In 2011, the growth had been 16 per cent. Helsinki Airport maintained its share of passengers at 14.9 million.

Asian traffic continued to grow

The total number of passengers in international traffic was 13.8 million (13.6). The number of travellers on Asian routes at Helsinki Airport increased by as much as 8.3 per cent, and there were almost 1.8 million passengers (1.6).

Domestic passenger volumes started declining in the spring

Domestic passenger volumes started declining clearly in spring 2012. The annual volume of domestic passengers decreased by 0.5 per cent to 5.4 million (5.5).

During the first quarter, the volume increased by as much as 21.1 per cent from the corresponding period in 2011. The last quarter saw a decrease of 12.0 per cent from the previous year.

Strong decline in the number of operations

The intense competition in air traffic and the resulting cost pressures of airlines continued. The airlines reacted to the fluctuations in demand more sharply than before by reducing their operations and by withdrawing altogether from some routes. There was a record increase in the number of available routes in 2011, and this led to intense price competition on some routes in 2012.

The landings of commercial air traffic decreased by 10.3 per cent to 124,401. Compared to the changes in passenger numbers, this means higher plane occupancy rates and therefore more efficient air traffic.