Air traffic produces 3.2% of Finland’s annual GDP
The Helsinki Airport area has become a major employer in the capital region, new research by Finland’s airport operator reveals. According to a survey by Finavia, between 2% and 7% of workers in neighbouring municipalities go to work in the airport region. In addition, air traffic indirectly provides about 100,000 people with jobs in Finland.
Helsinki Airport is one of Northern Europe’s leading transit airports with 15 million passengers per year, and more than 1,000 companies operate in the airport area.
Last year, Finavia implemented a survey where the home municipality of participants was used as a basis for assessing the proportion of workers who work in the Helsinki Airport area, compared to the total number of all workers in the municipalities. The sample includes about 7,100 people who work in the airport region. The Helsinki Airport area directly employs almost 20,000 people.
“Our estimate is that 6.8% of workers in Tuusula, 4% in Vantaa, 3.7% in Järvenpää and 3.1% in Nurmijärvi go to work in the Helsinki Airport area,” Helsinki Airport Director Ville Haapasaari said. “About 2.2% of the workers residing in Helsinki work in the airport area. This means that airport operations are significant for the tax income of several municipalities.”
Air traffic produces 3.2% of Finland’s annual GDP, Finavia says. The direct and indirect tax revenues produced for the Finnish state by aviation operators amount to about €2.5 billion a year. This sum would cover the budgeted expenditure of the entire national economy for about 17 days.
[pictured: Helsinki Airport; courtesy Finavia]