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Swedavia Makes SEK 1 Billion Revenue As Air Travel Lust Returns

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Sweden’s airport operator, Swedavia, has experienced a triumphant year in 2023, with air travel demand surging and expanding in varied routes and destinations. These improvements and a spike in commercial revenues have significantly elevated the company’s earnings and passenger satisfaction.

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Swedavia‘s net revenue soared past the previous year by more than 1 billion SEK, reaching nearly 6 billion SEK. Despite the rising costs associated with handling higher passenger numbers and the impact of inflation, operating income witnessed a remarkable improvement. The company concluded the year with an operating loss of 318 million SEK, which is a substantial recovery from the 783 million SEK loss in 2022.

“More passengers led to an increase in net revenue of SEK 1.1 billion compared with the previous year. Commercial revenue per passenger also continued to increase as a result of our updated commercial strategy, including the new marketplace at Arlanda. As the number of passengers increased, so did costs, which were also pushed up by inflation. The company’s operating income continues to develop positively and cash flow from operating activities was positive during the final three quarters of the year. As travel increases, we will continue our efforts to return to sustainable profitability,” says Jonas Abrahamsson, President and CEO of Swedavia. 

Swedavia’s Airports See Surge in Passenger Traffic Throughout 2023

Swedavia’s ten airports welcomed over 32 million passengers in 2023, marking a 17% increase from the previous year and hitting 80% of the traffic recorded before the pandemic hit. International travelers constituted nearly 24 million, showing a 19% rise, while domestic passenger numbers grew by 10%.

New Destinations and Airlines Expand Choices for Travelers

The year saw Swedavia’s airports launch nearly 40 new routes and introduce nine exciting new destinations. Leading the expansion, SAS, Ryanair, and Eurowings opened most of these routes. Notably, United Airlines made a comeback with a New York-Stockholm route. Additionally, Wizz Air started operations at Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport in the autumn, and Royal Jordanian Airlines commenced activities there.

Financial Growth Signals Strong Recovery

Swedavia reported a strong financial performance with net revenues reaching SEK 5.931 billion, up by SEK 1.1 billion from the previous year. The company significantly reduced its operating loss to SEK 318 million, an improvement of SEK 465 million when compared to last year. Factors such as a cash flow boost from operating activities, which rose by SEK 225 million, played a critical role in this turnaround. Despite challenges, the fourth quarter also reflected a reduced operating loss at SEK 266 million.

A New Commercial Strategy Focused on Affordability and Variety

Swedavia emphasized an affordable, diverse commercial offering in 2023 as part of its new commercial strategy. This strategy took off with the launch of the new Marketplace at Arlanda Airport and enhanced offerings at Göteborg Landvetter, Malmö, and Luleå Airports. A cutting-edge security control setup at Arlanda significantly reduced waiting times. In December, the airport impressed passengers with an average security wait time of just two minutes.

“As travel increases, we can see how our investments in an enhanced commercial offering and strong operational delivery are helping to achieve improved earnings and more satisfied passengers. We will continue to drive the development of our airports, but ensuring our competitiveness also requires action at national level. It is high time there was a review of the national policy instrument that is aviation tax, which directly reduces competitiveness and inhibits the vital climate transition of aviation. Among other things, the aviation tax limits opportunities to attract the direct intercontinental routes that are needed to ensure Sweden’s connectivity,” says Jonas Abrahamsson. 

The complete financial report is available on Swedavia’s website: About Swedavia – Financial information: www.swedavia.com/about-swedavia/financial-information/.


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