Norway leads among Nordic/Baltic states for traffic recovery in September

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Analysis of September passenger data for the major airports across the Baltic and Nordic region of northern Europe reveals that Copenhagen has a narrow lead over Oslo, with these two airports the only ones to welcome over one million travellers last month. Apart from being very close in terms of passenger numbers, they also both have very similar recovery rates in terms of demand as a percentage of pre-pandemic traffic in 2019. At around 46% both airports have seen a stronger recovery than third-placed Stockholm ARN, which is only on 38%. Sweden’s second busiest airport at Gothenburg is only marginally better at 39%.

Finland is recovering very slowly

Finland’s busiest airport, Helsinki, lies in fourth place for passenger numbers but has the lowest recovery percentage at just under 25%. As the dominant airport in the country, it means that across all Finnish airports the rate of recovery is also only 25%. This is well below the performance of the other Nordic nations of Sweden (39%), Denmark (49%) and Norway (56%).

Athens International Airport

Some Norwegian airports reporting genuine growth

Three of Norway’s five busiest airports have seen their recovery rate exceed 60% with Tromsø way out in front at an impressive 86%. In both July and August its recovery rate was also above 80%. Some smaller Norwegian airports have reported traffic growth in September compared with 2019, including Mo I Rana (+4%), Vadso (+20%) and Hammerfest (+28%).

Top Nordic Baltic airports in September 2021

Montpellier Airport