Helsinki Airport: Best connected in Northern Europe


Helsinki Airport, operated by Finavia, is the best connected airport in Northern Europe. According to the findings of Airports Council International’s (ACI) Airport Industry Connectivity report, Helsinki Airport is highly competitive operation that offers a wide network of destinations and attracts a high proportion of transit passengers.

Ranked highest in the ACI Europe report are airports offering excellent links with other well-connected airports. Helsinki Airport is ranked 12th in Europe and a clear first in Northern Europe.

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“In recent years, Helsinki Airport has strengthened its position as a significant air traffic hub. This is largely due to our appeal in the wider Baltic region and the growth in transit traffic between Europe and Asia. Finland’s growing popularity as a holiday destination is also a significant factor. Connectivity is highly significant for Finland’s competitiveness and provides an added edge for businesses based here,” says Kari Savolainen, CEO at Finavia.

In this year’s analysis, Helsinki Airport’s hub connectivity index measured at 9,982. This represents growth of 96% in just ten years. Helsinki is by far the best connected airport in Northern Europe, well ahead of Copenhagen in second place with 5,404 index points and ranked 15th overall. Oslo was ranked 17th with 3,868 index points. Both Oslo and Copenhagen attract higher passenger volumes than Helsinki Airport.

Of all the northern European airports, Helsinki Airport offers the highest number of direct flight connections to Asia. Measured by the number of flight connections, Helsinki Airport is Europe’s fifth largest flight hub between Europe and China. In addition, Helsinki Airport offers more direct flight destinations to Japan than any other European airport. In total, airports operated by Finavia offer more than 200 flight connections to destinations all over the world.

“There isn’t a country in the world that doesn’t want a well-connected air traffic hub. There are several places in Europe that simply lack that, and these countries run the risk of getting left behind. At Finavia, we will continue our determined efforts to improve Finland’s connectivity. Right now, we are in active discussions with a number of airlines on new routes and the opportunities the Finnish market represents,” Savolainen says.

In the Airport Industry Connectivity report, the top spot was claimed by world number one, Frankfurt, with 69,930 index points. Ranked second was Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam (56,535), followed by Paris Charles de Gaulle (47,217), Istanbul (33,908) and London Heathrow (32,437).

European and North American airports offer the best connectivity in the world. However, the airports showing the fastest increases in connectivity over the past ten years are in the Middle East and Asia, notably China.

Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1979), beginning as a travel agent up through today as a publisher of eTurboNews (eTN), one of the world’s most influential and most-read travel and tourism publications. He is also Chairman of ICTP. His experiences include working and collaborating with various national tourism offices and non-governmental organizations, as well as private and non-profit organizations, and in planning, implementing, and quality control of a range of travel and tourism-related activities and programs, including tourism policies and legislation. His major strengths include a vast knowledge of travel and tourism from the point of view of a successful private enterprise owner, superb networking skills, strong leadership, excellent communication skills, strong team player, attention to detail, dutiful respect for compliance in all regulated environments, and advisory skills in both political and non-political arenas with respect to tourism programs, policies, and legislation. He has a thorough knowledge of current industry practices and trends and is a computer and Internet junkie.