Swedavia Airports recently released its December traffic reports, indicating a promising recovery in air travel. The growth was fueled by a rise in international travel and an expanded selection of routes at Stockholm Arlanda Airport.
In the past year, over 32 million passengers traveled through Swedavia’s airports, marking a 17 percent increase from the previous year and reaching about 80 percent of pre-pandemic levels. While international travel showed a strong trend, domestic travel experienced a milder upturn in December. The year also witnessed robust aviation operations at Swedavia’s airports and an enhanced passenger experience at Stockholm Arlanda, thanks to the new security control and improved commercial offerings that significantly boosted customer satisfaction. These positive trends are expected to continue into early 2024 despite uncertainties related to global economic trends.
“The air travel recovery continued in 2023 with a strong trend in international travel, while the weaker trend in domestic traffic strengthened somewhat towards the end of the year. During the year, the operational capability was generally very strong at our airports and Stockholm Arlanda in particular. Thanks to our dedicated staff and investments in a state-of-the-art, world-class security control at Stockholm Arlanda and a strengthened commercial offering, the passenger experience and customer satisfaction have been improved,” says Jonas Abrahamsson, Swedavia’s president and CEO.
New Routes at Swedavia Airport
Nearly 40 new routes and nine additional destinations were incorporated at Swedavia’s airports in 2023. The primary contributors to the new routes were SAS, Ryanair, and Eurowings. In December, Åre Östersund introduced a new route to Copenhagen with SAS, while SAS added the Arlanda-Agadir route in November. Notable expansions throughout the year include United’s reintroduction of the New York to Arlanda route. During the autumn, Wizz Air commenced operations at Stockholm Arlanda alongside Royal Jordanian Airlines, which initiated a route to Amman. Additionally, SAS operated a New York-Gothenburg Landvetter route during the 2023 summer travel season.
New Security Control at Stockholm Arlanda Reduces Waiting Times
With the introduction of new, modern security control in Terminal 5 at Stockholm Arlanda, waiting times at security control have been significantly shortened. In December, the average waiting time for passengers passing the new security control was less than 2 minutes.
Swedavia Passenger Traffic Trends
For the full year 2023, more than 32 million passengers flew through Swedavia’s ten airports, which is a 17 percent increase compared to 2022. International travel increased by 19 percent to almost 24 million passengers, while domestic travel increased by 10 percent.
In the month of December alone, just over 2.2 million passengers flew through Swedavia’s airports. Nearly 1.7 million passengers flew on international flights, an increase of 5 percent compared to December last year. Domestic travel decreased 13 percent to nearly 600,000 passengers in December compared to December of last year.
Stockholm Arlanda Airport Passengers
Stockholm Arlanda Airport served close to 22 million passengers in 2023, an increase of 19 percent compared to 2022. International travel increased 20 percent to just over 18 million passengers, while domestic travel increased 13 percent to more than 3.5 million passengers. The airport served more than 1.5 million passengers in December, an increase of 3 percent compared to December last year. International travel increased 7 percent to 1.3 million passengers, while domestic travel increased 12 percent to just under 250,000 passengers.
Götenborg Landvetter Airport
Göteborg Landvetter Airport served more than 5 million passengers in 2023, an increase of 17 percent compared to 2022. International travel increased 18 percent to more than 4.5 million passengers, while domestic travel increased 8 percent to nearly 700,000 passengers. Göteborg Landvetter Airport served more than 350,000 passengers in December, a 5 percent increase compared to December 2022. International travel increased by 10 percent to 300,000 passengers, while domestic travel decreased by 21 percent to just over 40,000 passengers.
Other Swedavia Airports
Other Swedavia airports had varying trends for the full year 2023 and in the month of December. Of Swedavia’s regional airports, Åre Östersund, Luleå Airport and Umeå Airport had the strongest performance during the year compared to 2022. Traffic at Luleå Airport has recovered the most compared to traffic levels before the pandemic in 2019.
Malmö Airport and Bromma Stockholm Airport had a weaker trend than other airports – travel decreased 26 percent and 20 percent, respectively, compared to December last year.
Swedavia December Passenger Traffic Table
More detailed information about Swedavia’s traffic figures and statistics is available (in Swedish) on Swedavia’s website: Statistics | About Swedavia
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