According to Finavia, the increase in the international passenger volume was driven by the growth in available connections. New direct routes were introduced to Asia and North America, and new airlines like American Airlines and Flybe also entered the Finnish market, while Norwegian continued expanding its route offering.
Helsinki Airport is now the leading transfer airport in Northern Europe for travel between Europe and Asia. “The growth in the passenger volume of Helsinki Airport last year was the strongest in comparison to other transfer airports in Northern Europe. We are currently investing heavily in our services for improved customer experience and aim to remain the leading airport,” says Kimmo Ruotsalainen, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Finavia.
In 2011 the number of transit passengers and passengers travelling from Finland to Asia through Helsinki Airport reached a new high of 1.63 million and passenger traffic to North America increased 45% from the previous year. International transit traffic accounts for approximately 25% of Helsinki Airport's total international passenger volume.
Helsinki Airport has also won its third award from Monocle magazine which praises the airport for its easy East-West connections, small footprint, shops full of excellent Finnish products, and sensible use of materials. Monocle also selected Helsinki Airport as the Best airport for connections in 2010 and as the Best Airport in 2009.