Swedish Air Traffic Services Provider Records First Decline in Flight Movements for Seven Years

Ann Persson Grivas, director general, LFV.

The Swedish air traffic services provider, LFV, has revealed a decline in the number of aircraft movements it handled last year. The 2019 total was 774,000 movements, which represented a decline for the first time since 2012.

Ann Persson Grivas, director general of LFV, commented: “There may be several concurrent explanations for this reduction in traffic, including an economic slowdown, the weak Swedish crown, and environmental and sustainability issues.”

LFV had a turnover of SEK 3.1 billion in 2019, and its financial result was SEK -40 million.
The company said it has gradually reduced the charges that airlines pay for air traffic control services over the last five years. In 2015 the charge per flown route was 66 euros, and by 2019 it had been reduced to 51 euros, meaning that Sweden has the fifth-lowest charges in Western Europe.
“Over the last few years we have maintained a continuous focus on increasing efficiency,” said Ms Grivas.