Tallink Grupp has today published the passenger and cargo statistics for July 2022, revealing the highest number of passengers carried in one month since August 2019. The group has announced carrying a total of 897 828 passengers in July this year, which is the highest number of passengers carried in a month by the company since August 2019 and also a 102.2% increase on the same month last year .
The number of cargo units carried in July 2022 increased by 17.8% to 32 700 units(27 766 in July 2021) and the number of passenger vehicles increased by 46.6% to 127 039 vehicles in the same comparison (86 665 passenger vehicles in July 2021).
The biggest increase in passenger numbers is evident on the Finland-Sweden routes with passenger numbers increasing by 141.9% in July 2022 compared to last year, but steady growth is also visible on the company’s other routes between Estonia and Finland and Estonia and Sweden. The growth is partly attributable to more vessels being operated on the routes for the whole month as compared to the same period in 2021, but partly also to increased traveller confidence following the lifting of the last COVID restrictions in spring 2022 and the COVID situation stabilising in all key home markets.
Commenting on the statistics, Tallink Grupp’s CEO Paavo Nõgene said:
„It has taken 34 months to see the kind of passenger numbers we were used to seeing before the COVID pandemic, but I am pleased that we have been able to prove that with hard work, good teamwork and loyal customers, it is possible.
„We are happy that we have seen our Finnish customers return on board in greater numbers again and that customers from a bit further afield in Western Europe have also found their way back to us in July in particular. Our crew is enjoying hearing much more Finnish, Swedish, English, German, French and many other languages spoken on board our vessels once again.
„It is also great to see the numbers of kids and youngsters higher this summer than in previous years, which means that many more families are enjoying relaxing cruises on the Baltic sea with us instead of staycations and holidays on more distant shores.
„With August still ahead of us, there is still time for everyone to hop on board and explore the beautiful seascapes of the Baltic sea and what Tallinn, Helsinki and Stockholm have to offer.“