Decrease in transport services

According to the preliminary data of Statistics Estonia, in 2008 the usage of services of passenger transport enterprises decreased by about a tenth compared to 2007. The volume of carriage of goods decreased by a fourth compared to the previous year.

In 2008, the number of passengers carried by Estonian transport enterprises was over 193.4 million. 93% of passengers used road transport (incl. city transport by buses, trams and trolley buses), 4% sea transport, 3% rail transport and less than 1% air transport.

Around 186.6 million passengers were carried in domestic traffic, the number of passengers decreased by a tenth compared to the previous year. 80% of passengers in domestic traffic used city transport. The number of passengers in domestic traffic using buses, rail and sea transport decreased, but it increased in domestic flights.

The amount of passengers in international traffic was around 6.8 million, 5% more than in 2007. The number of passengers in international traffic increased in sea, road and rail transport, but around a third less passengers used international flights compared to the previous year.

In 2008, the volume of goods carried by Estonian transport enterprises was 15.3 billion tonne-kilometres. In domestic traffic the freight turnover was 3.1 billion tonne-kilometres and in international traffic it was 12.2 billion tonne-kilometres or 80% of the total freight turnover. The freight turnover was mainly influenced by road and rail transport in international traffic, where the freight turnover decreased by 28% and by 32%, respectively, compared to the previous year.

Passenger transport, 1998–2008

Source: Statistics Estonia

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