Record December passenger numbers for airports in Arctic Finland 

At Rovaniemi Airport, Christmas passengers increased by 40 per cent (158,757 passengers) in 2022. (Eilís Quinn/Eye on the Arctic)

Airports in Arctic Finland saw record passenger numbers in December, says the latest data from Finavia, Finland’s airport authority. 

Their final tally showed 364,834 passengers passed through Lapland’s airports in Rovaniemi, Kittilä, Ivalo, Kuusamo and Kemi-Tornio.

“Already about half of the flights to Lapland are scheduled flights,” Petri Vuori, senior vice president of sales and route development at Finavia, said in a statement on Monday.

“Regular scheduled flights are very important for the region’s appeal, residents and livelihoods. They attract passengers from a wider area than the city of departure, thanks to their comprehensive connecting flights.”

At Rovaniemi Airport, Christmas passengers increased by 40 per cent (158,757 passengers). 

At Kittila Airport, holiday passengers increased by 13 per cent  (101,868 passengers).

Quick Facts— Popular destinations

Most popular flight destinations from Finavia’s airports in 2022:

  • Stockholm
  • London
  • Amsterdam
  • Paris
  • Copenhagen

Source: Finavia

Finland’s regional network airports countrywide saw 2.5 million passengers, 126 per cent more than in 2021.

Elsewhere in Finland, flight volumes in 2022 suggest recovery from the pandemic is continuing, Finavia said. 

There was a 187 per cent increase in the number of passengers countrywide compared to 2021.

“We are actively working with airlines and tourism organisations to strengthen flight connections,” Vuori said.

“In 2022, Finland had 130 direct flight destinations around the world. Last year, the number of passengers increased especially on European flights.”

Helsinki Airport alone saw some 12.9 million passengers in 2022. (Eilís Quinn/Eye on the Arctic)

Transfer travelling between Asia and Europe still lagging 

Some 12.9 million passengers were tallied at Helsinki Airport in 2022. Of those, eighty-seven per cent were international passengers and 13 per cent were domestic passengers.

The only international connections still lagging are those between Asia and Europe. 

“Flight connections to Europe and the United States have recovered excellently,” Finavia said. 

“However, the share of transfer travelling between Asia and Europe remained small, as a result of which only about 70% of the travelling at Helsinki Airport returned compared to the period before the pandemic.”

Quick Facts-International flights

Largest number of passengers on international flights by country:

  • Germany
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • UK
  • France

Source: Finavia

In all, 15,405,024 passengers passed through Finavia airports in 2022.

Write to Eilís Quinn at 

Related stories from around the North: 

Canada: Extra medical flights to and from Nunatsiavut to continue, Eye on the Arctic

Norway: Air France launches flights to three destinations above the Arctic Circle, The Independent Barents Observer

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