Examining Swedavia airports travel trends for January 2024

A Swedavia ground handler attends to an aircraft.
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During January, Swedavia’s ten airports served nearly 2.1 million passengers, which is on a par with the number of passengers in January of last year.

The trend of stronger demand for international travel, especially to Europe, and weaker demand for domestic travel continued in January, which is one of the weakest travel months of the year.

Despite January traditionally being one of the quieter months for travel, there are noteworthy insights to be gleaned from the data.

Stable Demand Amid Uncertainties

Stockholm Arlanda Airport and Göteborg Landvetter Airport had the highest growth, while Kiruna Airport was the regional airport with the highest growth.

“In January, demand for air travel remained stable, defying uncertainties such as global situations and economic instability,” notes Jonas Abrahamsson, the President and CEO of Swedavia.

The persistent trend of stronger international travel demand, particularly to European destinations, juxtaposed with a weaker inclination for domestic flights characterized the landscape of January’s travel patterns.


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“Although there are significant uncertainties, we expect increased traffic and a greater range of routes at our airports later this spring and during the summer,” noted Abrahamsson.

“At the same time, there are signs that the economic situation will improve somewhat in the period ahead, which is also likely to increase demand for air travel.”

An aircraft parked at Stockholm Arlanda Airport Terminal 5.
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January 2024 Key Highlights

Passenger Volumes

Nearly 2.1 million passengers traversed through Swedavia’s airports in January, maintaining parity with the previous year’s figures.

International travel witnessed a modest uptick of 2 percent, totaling 1.5 million passengers.

Domestic travel experienced a more substantial increase of 7 percent, catering to just under 600,000 passengers.

Regional Disparities

Stockholm Arlanda Airport and Göteborg Landvetter Airport emerged as the frontrunners in passenger growth, indicating robust performance.

Kiruna Airport stands out among regional airports, boasting the highest growth trajectory, followed by Visby and Luleå airports.

Recovery Progress

Total passenger traffic across Swedavia’s airports in January reached approximately 74 percent of pre-pandemic levels in 2019, signifying a steady path towards recovery.

Airport-Specific Insights

Stockholm Arlanda Airport

Served over 1.4 million passengers, marking a 1 percent increase from the previous year. International travel surged by 2 percent, while domestic travel witnessed a commendable 9 percent growth.

Göteborg Landvetter Airport

Handled more than 300,000 passengers, reflecting a 3 percent rise compared to January 2023.

Notably, international travel witnessed a commendable 6 percent increase, although domestic travel experienced a 16 percent decline.

Among Swedavia’s regional airports, Kiruna saw the best recovery both in January and compared to traffic numbers before the pandemic, with close to 23,000 passengers.

 After Kiruna Airport, Visby Airport and Luleå Airport were second and third, respectively for passenger growth in January compared to January of last year.

Malmö Airport and Åre Östersund Airport had the weakest growth in January compared to January of last year.

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