Swedavia, the company managing Sweden’s airports, reports a modest 1% increase in passenger numbers in November compared to the previous year despite declining domestic travel. Swedavia’s airports served nearly 2.4 million passengers.
International Travel Drives Growth
International travel drove growth, particularly at Stockholm Arlanda and Göteborg Landvetter airports, although there was a slight decrease in demand. The slowdown in domestic travel remained significant, reaching only around 65% of pre-pandemic levels.
“Overall, air travel increased slightly in November, but the weaker economy is now expected to have an impact on passenger figures. International travel, primarily at Stockholm Arlanda and Göteborg Landvetter, increased by approximately 5 percent compared to the corresponding month last year, which was a slightly weaker development compared to previous months. At the same time, domestic travel declined, which is worrying and risks if this trend continues to lead to a reduced range of destinations, higher ticket prices and overall, poorer accessibility both within Sweden and to the rest of the world,” says Jonas Abrahamsson, Swedavia’s president and CEO.
In November, there were 2.4 million passengers at various airports in Sweden. Out of these, 1.7 million were international passengers, showing a 5 percent increase compared to November 2022. However, this growth rate was lower than the 8 percent increase in September and October. On the other hand, domestic travel experienced a decline of 6 percent, with nearly 700,000 passengers.
Swedavia Airport Passengers
Stockholm Arlanda Airport saw close to 1.7 million passengers during the month. This marks a 5 percent increase compared to last year. International travel at this airport grew by 7 percent, with 1.3 million passengers. Domestic travel increased by 5 percent, reaching just under 300,000 passengers.
Göteborg Landvetter Airport had over 360,000 passengers in November, a 3 percent increase compared to November last year. International travel at this airport increased by 6 percent, with 300,000 passengers. However, there was a 10 percent decrease in domestic travel, with 54,000 passengers recorded.
As for other airports managed by Swedavia, there was a mixed trend in November. Overall, the comparison to November 2022 was predominantly negative. Kiruna Airport, Ronneby Airport, Umeå Airport, and Åre Östersund Airport experienced travel numbers similar to November last year. Malmö Airport and Bromma Stockholm Airport had a weaker performance than other airports, with a decrease of 21 percent and 17 percent, respectively, compared to November last year. However, Luleå Airport showed the strongest traffic development in November, surpassing the pre-pandemic levels of 2019.
November Traffic, Passenger Statistics
More detailed information about Swedavia’s traffic figures and statistics is available on Swedavia’s website: Statistics | About Swedavia