Flight intensity in Estonian airspace keeps growing

In 2016 206 563 flights passed through Estonian airspace, the growth of the air traffic was 3.1%. The air traffic growth forecasted for this year is approximately 2.9%.

The daily average of controlled flights was 564, which is 15 flights more against the previous year. The peak number of flights handled in Estonian airspace per day was 717.

The main traffic flows over Estonia are: flights connecting Finland and Europe, flights to/from Asia and Russia; last year 78% of the flights through Estonian airspace were overflights.

According to Tanel Rautits, the Chief Executive Officer of EANS, the majority of the overflights (37%) were between Europe and Finland, a bit less (31%) were to/from the Pacific Ocean, followed by the flights to/from Russia (23%).

44% of the flights departing from/arriving in Finland passed Estonian airspace. A significant number of flights (26%) connecting the Pacific Ocean region and Europe also entered Estonian airspace before landing. Approximately 30 flights per day were conducted inbound the Atlantic Ocean – it is ca seven per cent of the total number of overflights.

“Beginning from June 2016 it is possible to observe that the flights to Russia have been getting more frequent, whereas from 2014 those flights had been on the downturn” said MR. Rautits.

Last year the most intensive air traffic was during the summer period; in July the number of flights exceeded 20 000 – for the first time in the history of Estonian aviation. Less numerous flights are normally during autumn-winter – in November, December, January and February. Last year the least number of flights per day was in January.

Compared to 2015 the number of flights arriving in/departing from Estonia grew by approximately one flight per day.

“The majority of the flights in our airspace were made by Finnair (19.5%), Lufthansa (6%), Air Baltic (5.6%), Rossiya Airlines (5.3%) and Adria Airways (3.7%) in cooperation with Estonian airline Nordica.

The totalled contribution of the major customers was about 40%,” commented Mr. Rautits concerning the flights conducted in Estonian airspace.