Swedavia records highest traffic figures since March 2020

The company experienced severe losses across all ten of its airports, however signs of recovery are beginning to show  

Swedavia recorded 769,000 passengers pass through its ten airports, an 80% decrease compared to the same month in 2019, which saw more than 3.8 million.  

Although traveller numbers remain affected by the pandemic, it is still a sign of recovery as last month’s figures were the highest recorded since March 2020.  

“We are now gradually adapting our operations to meet the growth in travel, particularly in these pandemic times,” explains Jonas Abrahamsson, Swedavia’s president and CEO. “At Stockholm Arlanda, for example, we recently opened an additional security checkpoint to make travel easier for our passengers.” 

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Out of those travelling via the airports throughout June, 488,000 were international passengers, showing an 83% decline in traffic since 2019 and more than 280,000 were domestic – representing a 73% decrease.  

At Stockholm Arlanda, air travel last month fell by 81% compared with the same time two years ago.  

Similarly, Goteborg Landvetter recorded nearly 126,000 passengers in June, a decline of more than 80% compared with 2019.  

Bromma Stockholm saw a decrease of nearly 80%, with its seven regional airports experiencing a fall between 62% and 91%.  

Abrahamsson adds: “There are now a number of positive factors pointing to a recovery in air travel. In addition to the improved situation regarding the spread of infection and eased travel restrictions, the introduction of the EU’s Digital Covid-19 Certificate is a welcome step in simplifying things and making travel easier for passengers, which benefits the recovery in the long term.” 

However, he also stresses that the chance of recovery in the autumn months depends entirely on the development of the pandemic, revealing that the “future market trend remains uncertain”.  

Since the beginning of the pandemic last year, Swedavia has lost approximately 45 million passengers.