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Finavia airports had 26 million passengers in 2019 – a year of moderate growth in air traffic

2019 was a busy year at Finavia’s airports even though growth in air traffic was more moderate than in previous years. A total of 26 million passengers (+4,2%) travelled on scheduled and chartered flights.

Last year, 21,9 million passengers (+4,9 %) travelled through Helsinki Airport, the largest international airport in Finland. The number of passengers using Finavia’s other airports increased to a total of 4,2 million (+0,6 %). Out of the larger airports, the number of passengers increased the most at Turku Airport (+22,6 %), Helsinki Airport (+4,9 %) and Rovaniemi Airport (+2,6 %). A total of 1.5 million passengers (+1,5%) used Finavia’s airports in Lapland in 2019. The number of passengers declined slightly at Oulu Airport (-3,6 %) and Tampere Airport (-2,5 %) due to a decrease in the number or flights.

Number of transfer passengers continued to grow at Helsinki Airport
The number of passengers transferring from one international flight to another at Helsinki Airport increased by 16,7 per cent. Flights to and from Japan, Germany, China and Sweden had the most international transfer passengers. Last year, international transfer passengers amounted to 38.6 per cent of all passengers passing through Helsinki Airport.

A total of 659 000 passengers (+18,2 %) travelled on flights to and from China in 2019. For the Japan routes, the number of passengers was 837 000 (+11,2 %). Currently, flights are operated from Helsinki Airport to nine destinations in China. Helsinki Airport also offers flights to five destinations in Japan, which is more than any other European airport offers. In addition, three weekly flights also started to operate to Beijing’s new Daxing International Airport last autumn. In December, Helsinki Airport opened Europe’s only direct connection to Sapporo, Japan.

Anti-Infiltration Act passed by Taiwan’s Legislature

The Anti-Infiltration Act is passed by the Legislature Dec. 31 in Taipei City. (CNA)

The Anti-Infiltration Act was passed by the Legislature Dec. 31, 2019, underscoring the commitment of the government to safeguarding national security and Taiwan’s democracy.

Described as an effective democratic defense mechanism by the Ministry of the Interior, the legislation complements existing regulations governing lobbying, political donations, and presidential, vice presidential and civil servant elections and recalls.

It prohibits intervention in Taiwan’s democratic political system through infiltration sources—namely, individuals, institutions or organizations affiliated with or sponsored by a government, political party or other political group of a foreign hostile force, the MOI added.

Aeroflot and Brussels Airlines sign codeshare agreement

Aeroflot – Russian Airlines and Brussels Airlines have signed a codeshare agreement to offer customers a bigger selection of flights and more flexibility when travelling between Brussels and Moscow. Tickets for flights under the new agreement are on sale, and jointly operated flights begin on 20 January 2020.

 The Russian flag carrier and Belgium’s national airline are joining forces to offer their guests even more choice, thanks to a newly established codeshare agreement. Сustomers can now book flights with Aeroflot or Brussels Airlines and travel between Brussels and Moscow from 20 January 2020.Booking a codeshare flight means that flights operated by one airline can be booked with either of the partners under the agreement. The new agreement allows travellers flying from Moscow easy connections to the entire Brussels Airlines network, while travellers from Brussels will enjoy better connections to the Russian capital and Aeroflot’s global routes. Thanks to ‘through check-in’,passengers with connecting flights can check in their baggage at their departure airport and reclaim it at their final destination.

Targets smashed at Budapest Airport

Budapest Airport continued the seasonal celebrations today as its 16-millionth passenger walked through its doors, marking the highest-ever number of passengers served in the airport’s history. Driven by the dynamic expansion of its route network and airline partners, the Hungarian gateway effortlessly reached another passenger traffic milestone, witnessing a solid 9% year-on-year traffic growth.

The outstanding landmark represents six million more passengers than in 2015, an extraordinary 63% increase: “It’s quite something to not only witness the growth of an airport but also to be part of the development and progression,” enthuses Kam Jandu, CCO, Budapest Airport. “Today’s memorable moment speaks volumes for the hard work of everyone at the airport which was unforgettably recognised when we were crowned this year’s World Routes Marketing Awards Overall Winner – a first for the airport. But we won’t rest, we will always continue to ensure Budapest remains an attractive market for our passengers, as well as our partners, and look forward to another thriving year ahead,” added Jandu.

2,000 years of Solothurn

Solothurn is known as an ancient town and historic treasure. But don’t let its age fool you – the town is in the mood to celebrate! This baroque gem is turning 2,000 years old in 2020. The town has aged gracefully, and to celebrate its founding, Solothurn will showcase the pomp of past eras alongside the innovations of recent years.

Pulkovo St. Petersburg Airport becomes an international aviation hub

Starting January 1, 2020, Pulkovo Airport will introduce the seventh-freedom rights regime for foreign airlines to fly to St. Petersburg. The Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation approved a list of 30 countries.

“We are grateful for the tremendous support from the Government of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation, the Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia, the Government of St. Petersburg and the VTB Group. Pulkovo Airport is the first airport in Russia that received the seventh-freedom rights regime for foreign airlines.

Pulkovo St. Petersburg Airport welcomes record 19 million passengers in 2019

On December 18, Pulkovo St. Petersburg Airport welcomed its 19 millionth passenger in 2019, marking the airport’s historic record in traffic figures for one calendar year. The previous highest number was 18.1 million, a mark that Pulkovo Airport reached in 2018.

Leonid Sergeev, Chief Executive Officer of Pulkovo International Airport operator Northern Capital Gateway LLC, noted:

“It is symbolic event that this year the record-breaking 19 millionth passenger departed with Rossiya Airlines, Pulkovo Airport’s home base carrier and longtime reliable friend. We are grateful to our partners for successful collaboration, and the passengers for their trust in choosing St. Petersburg gateway as the point of departure and destination for travelling. The outgoing year was full of premieres: Pulkovo expanded its route network with 14 new destinations, we welcomed three new foreign airlines and handled the first-ever most technologically advanced Airbus A350 aircraft. E-visas created new opportunities for traveling to St. Petersburg for the citizens of 53 countries. Ending this year with a new record, we look ahead with confidence. Pulkovo Airport will continue its development as an international aviation hub by making the travelling to St. Petersburg more convenient and providing the passengers with direct flights to a wide range of destinations both in Russia and abroad.”

airBaltic Receives its 22nd Airbus A220-300

Riga. Latvian airline airBaltic on December 23, 2019 in Rigawelcomed its 22nd Airbus A220-300 jet, registered as YL-AAV. The 22nd Airbus A220-300 completes the planned new aircraft deliveries for airBaltic in 2019 and it is the second delivery of the additional order that was signed on May 28, 2018 for purchase of 30 Airbus A220-300 aircraft with options for an additional 30 aircraft of the same type. By the end of 2020 airBaltic plans to have a total of 26 Airbus A220-300 jets in its fleet. 

Thus far, airBaltic has carried over 4 500 000 passengers on the Airbus A220-300 aircraft with every second airBaltic passenger flying on the aircraft. Airbus A220-300’s have completed more than 44 000 flights and flown over 110 000 block hours.

The Airbus A220-300 has performed beyond the company’s expectations, delivering better overall performance, fuel efficiency and convenience for both passengers and the staff. This aircraft offers an excellent flying experience with such benefits for passengers as wider seats, larger windows, more hand luggage space in the cabin, improved lavatories and much more.