Tallink Grupp’s annual passenger figures has nearly doubled after the Covid years, as the company’s passenger and cargo statistics for December and the fourth quarter of 2022 show. The number of passengers increased despite the global economic and security challenges and despite six of the company’s vessels being chartered out by the fourth quarter of 2022.
During the full year 2022, Tallink Grupp transported a total of 5 462 085 passengers on all the company’s routes, which is a 84.4% increase compared to the full year 2021 (2 961 975 passengers in 2021).
Passenger numbers increased on all three of the company’s current regular routes Finland-Sweden, Estonia-Finland and Estonia-Sweden compared to 2021, with the greatest increase of 96% on the Finland-Sweden routes with a total of 1 859 209 passengers carried on the route in 2022, the Estonia-Sweden route following closely behind with a 93.4% increase and a total of 482 345 carried in 2022, and the Estonia-Finland route seeing an increase of 76.9% year-on-year and a total of 3 120 531 passengers carried on the route in 2022.
The number of passenger vehicles transported in 2022 increased by 36,1% compared to the previous year with a total of 819 229 passenger vehicles transported on all the company’s routes during the year (602 033 passenger vehicles in 2021).
According to the statistics published by Tallink, the number of cargo units carried by the company in 2022, although not seeing as sharp an increase as passenger numbers, also increased by 11% compared to 2021.
The number of cargo units carried during the year totalled 409 769 units for the full year (369 170 units in 2021). The greatest increase in the cargo units carried was seen on the company’s Estonia-Finland routes, which saw a 19% increase in unit numbers year-on-year.
The only decrease of the year among the Tallink’s passenger and cargo statistics was the cargo units carried on the Finland-Sweden routes, impacted by the chartering out of the company’s vessel Galaxy, leading to reduced cargo capacity.
Commenting on the statistics for the full year 2022, Tallink Grupp’s CEO Paavo Nõgene said:
”We have not seen passenger figures exceeding 4 million in the last two years, so although the 5.5 million carried in 2022 is still not comparable to pre-Covid numbers, we are very pleased with this outcome for 2022”.
”With six ships less in regular operations during the last quarter of the year, due to charter agreements and important war relief support, it is close to the maximum that could have been achieved during the year when COVID subsided, but even worse geopolitical crises arose” Tallink Grupp’s CEO pointed out.