A round-up of its performance during the year said Tallink Grupp overall had seen a 3.2% increase in passenger numbers on all its routes, bringing the total to 9.7 million, while 365,000 units of cargo had been transported, up 11% on the 2016 figure.
Its Riga to Stockholm route did even better, Veiko Haavapuu, Tallink Grupp’s Finance Director said:
“Nearly all our routes showed an increase in passenger numbers in 2017, with the Estonia-Sweden route achieving new passenger records with more than one million passengers for the first time (1 013 007 passengers). Compared to 2016. The biggest increase in the number of passengers was achieved on our Latvia-Sweden route with 45.8% more passengers more travelling on this route in 2017. This is mainly due to two ships operating on the route in 2017 as compared to just one ship in 2016."
The cruise ferry Romantika started operating on the Riga - Stockholm route in December 2016 as a second ship on the route next to the cruise ferry Isabelle.
“In cargo transportation, all our routes showed a year-on-year increase compared to 2016 statistics. Similarly to passenger transport, we witnessed the biggest increase in the number of cargo units transported also on the Latvia-Sweden route, but the number of units transported on the Estonia-Finland route also saw a good increase with 11.6% compared to 2016," said Haavapuu.
Data supplied by the company showed that 60,000 people travelled on the Riga - Stockholm route in December 2017 compared with 50,000 in December 2016.
However by far the most popular route operated by the company in the short Tallinn-Helsinki service which saw 435,000 passengers in December.
Tallink Grupp is the leading passenger and cargo transportation service provider in the Northern region of the Baltic Sea. The company owns 14 vessels and operates under the brands of Tallink and Silja Line on 6 different routes.