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Finnair passenger traffic in June down nearly 100% year-on-year

The coronavirus pandemic also significantly affected sea traffic in Finland.

Kuvassa on Finnairin lentokoneita toukokuussa Helsinki-Vantaan lentokentällä. Koneet ovat maassa koronaviruspandemian vuoksi.
No scheduled flights were flown from Finland to Asia in June, and only one scheduled flight was flown to North America. Image: Silja Viitala / Yle

National air carrier Finnair is still reeling from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. In June, Finnair carried 96 percent fewer passengers than in the corresponding period last year.

However, the numbers — a total of 55,200 passengers — more than doubled from May 2020, Finnair said in a release on Tuesday.

Significant reductions in passenger capacity due to the pandemic continued to reduce all passenger-related traffic figures. This was especially evident on flights to Asia and North America — no scheduled flights were flown to Asia in June, and only one scheduled flight was flown to North America, the airline said.

Finnish airports operator Finavia said that in the first half of the year, the overall number of passengers at Helsinki–Vantaa airport decreased by 62.4 percent from the same period last year

Pandemic affected sea traffic

The volume of ocean freight fell by five percent in May compared to one year earlier, when the total volume of foreign maritime shipments was 8.5 million tonnes, according to Statistics Finland.

Maritime exports fell by 14 percent to 4.3 million tonnes. Imports increased by six percent to a total of 4.2 million tonnes.

In May 2020, a total of 134,633 passengers travelled by sea — 100,843 between Finland and Estonia, 29,949 between Finland and Sweden and 3,831 between Finland and Germany.

Maritime passengers in May this year represented the equivalent of eight percent of passengers in May last year.

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