Swedavia, the owner / operator of Stockholm Arlanda Airport (IATA: ARN) has announced it is to further reduce the level of its passenger fees. In December, 24.7 million passengers used the airport, a record number for the facility, but Swedavia said its goal is to be Scandinavia’s leading airport, hence the reduction in charges.
Elizabeth Axtelius, Director of Aviation Business at Swedavia commented: “We are now reducing charges to airlines for the third straight year and will thus be even more competitive. The fact that we have succeeded in attracting 15 new intercontinental direct routes to the airport in three years is clear evidence of this.”
Swedavia is reducing airport charges by an average of 1% as of April 1. As a result, Swedavia said, the airlines’ airport charges will have been decreased by 6.5% over the past three years. Since 2005, Swedavia’s airport charges have been cut by more than 20%.
“The competition is becoming increasingly intense between international airports to encourage new airlines to launch operations or develop existing operations and invest in exciting new routes. So it feels really good that we can continue to lower our charges. When we look at comparable airports in Europe, our prices are about 20% lower,” Ms Axtelius noted.
Swedavia expects traffic growth to continue this year and predicts that, combined, its airports will pass the 40 million passenger mark for the first time.