Monday, 11 January 2021

Finnair saw passenger numbers dip by 92% in December

European airline Finnair saw its passenger numbers fall by 92% in December due to the ongoing coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.  Just 92,500 passengers flew with the carrier during the month, down 92.0% on 2019 levels, but 8.8% more than in November 2020. 

The airline blames the exceptionally strict travel restrictions imposed by the authorities in Finland, as well as those imposed by other nations. However, Finnair operated 75 daily flights including cargo-only services on average which was just 21.5% compared to December 2019. Passenger load factor was just 30.1%, down over 47 percentage points. 

Domestic traffic capacity reduce by 73.8%,  Asian traffic was 89.5% down,  European traffic saw a reduction of  91.3% whilst the North Atlantic traffic decreased by 100.0%.  Passenger numbers decreased in Asian traffic by 98.3%, in North Atlantic traffic by 100.0%, in European traffic by 93.3% and in domestic traffic by 82.2%.

In December, 89.3% of all Finnair flights arrived on schedule (81.4%).


Traffic statistics for January 2021 will be published on Friday 5 February 2021.

Finnair Traffic Performance December 2020
Month% ChangeYTD% Change
Total traffic
Passengers 1,00092.5-92.03,485.6-76.2
Available seat kilometres mill387.9-90.112,937.5-72.6
Revenue passenger kilometres mill116.9-96.18,150.0-78.8
Passenger load factor %30.1-47.1p63.0-18.7p
Cargo tonnes total6,809.4-50.771,732.8-58.6
Available tonne kilometres mill136.5-76.42,436.5-64.8
Revenue tonne kilometres mill59.6-83.21,213.6-73.3
Passengers 1,000 Asia3.5-98.3501.3-80.4
Available seat kilometres mill Asia208.4-89.56,155.9-73.6
Revenue passenger kilometres mill Asia25.9-98.33,837.7-80.1
Passenger load factor % Asia12.4-65.3p62.3-20.6p
Passengers 1,000 Europe45.2-93.32,033.2-78.1
Available seat kilometres mill Europe121.2-91.35,061.1-71.7
Revenue passenger kilometres mill Europe60.6-94.33,140.5-78.3
Passenger load factor % Europe50.0-27.3p62.1-18.8p
North Atlantic
Passengers 1,000 North Atlantic0.0-100.082.3-82.0
Available seat kilometres mill North Atlantic0.0-100.0848.9-79.1
Revenue passenger kilometres mill North Atlantic0.0-100.0647.1-81.4
Passenger load factor % North AtlanticN/AN/A76.2-9.1p
Passengers 1,000 Domestic43.8-82.2868.8-63.4
Available seat kilometres mill Domestic58.2-73.8871.5-54.7
Revenue passenger kilometres mill Domestic30.4-79.4524.7-58.4
Passenger load factor % Domestic52.2-14.2p60.2-5.4p
Cargo Traffic
Europe tonnes243.0-92.49,067.6-74.2
North Atlantic tonnes0.0-100.02,542.2-81.3
Asia tonnes2,095.5-78.333,746.9-72.8
Domestic tonnes31.2-15.0340.3-40.5
Cargo scheduled traffic total tonnes2,369.7-82.845,697.0-73.6
Cargo flights, tonnes**4,439.7100.026,035.8100.0
Cargo Traffic tonnes total6,809.4-50.771,732.8-58.6
Available tonne kilometres* mill58.2-61.6718.8-61.6
Revenue tonne kilometres mill49.3-42.4485.4-55.6
Available sched. cargo tonne kms*, mill19.6-87.1489.2-73.9
Revenue sched. cargo tonne kms, mill16.3-81.0293.2-73.2
Cargo load factor* %84.728.2p67.59.1p
- North-Atlantic cargo load factor* %N/AN/A66.310.2p
- Asia cargo load factor* %87.026.4p65.11.8p
Scheduled traffic Cargo load factor*, %83.226.7p59.91.6p

* Based on average operational cargo capacity

** Including purchased traffic

  • Change %: Change compared to the figures of the respective periods in the previous year (p = points).
  • Available seat kilometres. ASK: Total number of seats available. multiplied by the number of kilometres flown.
  • Revenue passenger kilometres. RPK: Number of revenue passengers carried. multiplied by kilometres flown.
  • Passenger load factor: Share of revenue passenger kilometres of available seat kilometres.
  • Available tonne kilometres. ATK: Number of tonnes of capacity for carriage of passengers. cargo and mail. multiplied by kilometres flown.
  • Revenue tonne kilometres. RTK: Total revenue load consisting of passengers. cargo and mail. multiplied by kilometres flown.
  • Overall load factor: Share of revenue tonne kilometres of available tonne kilometres.

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