The Swedish airport operator, Swedavia has announced some 33.4 million passengers travelled through its 10 airports in 2013. This number is a new annual record, beating that set in 2012 by approximately 1.3 million. Swedavia says the trend is driven mainly by increasing international travel: “both in Europe and beyond.”
The 33.4% rise also represents a 4% increase compared to 2012. International passengers increased six per cent while the number of domestic passengers was up one per cent.
“The increase in passenger numbers is a result of many airlines having decided to invest in new non-stop routes, which facilitates travel and enhances Swedish competitiveness,” says Torborg Chetkovich, Chief Executive of Swedavia.
Passenger growth, for both domestic and international travel, took place mainly in the last two quarters of the year. After the first half of the year, growth was up only 1%. Notably, domestic travel fell 3% during the first six months of the year but then rebounded significantly.
“We could see a change during the spring, and with the new routes launched and announced after that, combined with a major influx of business travellers in scheduled service, we are cautiously optimistic about the future,” Ms Chetkovich added.
Individual Airport Statistics
Stockholm Arlanda Airport: 20.7 million
Göteborg Landvetter Airport: 5 million
Malmö Airport: 2.1 million
Luleå Airport: 1.1 million
Umeå Airport: 990,000
Kiruna Airport: 226,000
In 2013, the number of landings in schedule and charter operations at Swedavia’s airports was about 200,000, which was 2% more than in 2012.