Swedavia’s airports record increased flight demand

Although all ten hubs are still experiencing losses, passenger figures are increasing every month 

Swedavia recorded more than 1.4 million passengers flying from its ten airports last month, equating to a 60% decrease compared to pre-pandemic levels. 

Despite this, the company has stated that demand for flights continues to recover, as travel restrictions ease and vaccination programmes are rolled out.  

Stockholm Arlanda
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Out of the 1.4 million passengers that passed through the Swedish hubs in July, just over one million of them were international travellers and 392,000 were domestic.  

“Air traffic continues to recover and in July, for the first time since February 2020, Swedavia’s airports had over one million passengers in a single month,” said Jonas Abrahamsson, Swedavia’s president and CEO. “Some of our airports saw passenger numbers return to more than half their pre-pandemic levels last month. While there are many bright spots, travel is still strongly affected by the pandemic, and overall, we are still far from a new normal situation, with more than 60% fewer passengers compared to 2019.” 

At Stockholm Arlanda – Sweden’s largest airport – air travel declined by 65% to 882,000 passengers last month, compared to the same time in 2019.  

The hub also recorded a 67% drop in international travel and a 51% fall in domestic. However, compared to last year, traveller volumes increased by almost 180%.  

Goteborg/Landvetter Airport saw a total of 255,000 passengers pass through the facility in July – a 63% decrease compared to 2019.  

Additionally, Bromma Stockholm saw nearly 67,000 customers use the hub last month, corresponding to a 60% decline compared with pre-pandemic figures.  

In total, air travel at Swedavia’s ten airports has fallen by more than 47 million passengers since the beginning of the pandemic.