Swedavia Airports See International Travel Growth in March

View across Sweden Arlanda Airport.
Photo Credit: Orlando G Boström/Swedavia

Swedavia, which operates ten airports across Sweden, saw nearly 2.5 million passengers travel through its facilities in March 2024.

This figure aligns closely with passenger numbers from March 2023. However, a breakdown reveals a trend towards increasing international travel, which rose by 5% to reach 1.8 million passengers.

Domestic travel, on the other hand, saw a decrease of 11% to just under 685,000 passengers. This decline is attributed to the earlier Easter holiday this year.

International Travel on the Rise

Positive news lies in the continued growth of international travel. Compared to pre-pandemic levels in 2019, total passenger traffic at Swedavia’s airports reached 76%.

This positive trend is particularly evident at Sweden’s largest airports, Stockholm Arlanda and Göteborg Landvetter, which saw significant growth in international passengers.

Kiruna Airport, a regional airport, also experienced a rise in both international and domestic travel.

A Swedavia ground handler attends to an aircraft.
Photo Credit: Swedavia

Looking Forward to a Busy Summer

Airlines continue to invest in the Swedish market, with new routes planned for the upcoming summer season. This includes the exciting return of Delta Air Lines’ direct route between Arlanda and New York in April.

“Our airline customers are steadily strengthening our network of routes and destinations in preparation for the summer,” says Charlotte Ljunggren, Director of Marketing and Commercial Development at Swedavia.

“This is great news for Sweden’s overall connectivity. Air travel fosters connections, benefits the tourism industry, and caters to the growing demand for international travel, both for business and leisure purposes.”

Air travel enables people to meet and benefits the tourism industry in Sweden while meeting the market demand for international travel for work and leisure, to meet family and friends and to create new experiences,” Ljunggren concluded.

New Routes and Expanded Offerings

Passengers traveling through Göteborg Landvetter Airport in March were the first to experience its brand new commercial offerings. This includes a wider variety of restaurants, cafes, and shops, with over 20 new options now available.

The summer schedule continues to expand, with even more new routes and destinations planned for Swedavia’s ten airports.

So far, Stockholm Arlanda Airport has announced roughly 14 new routes for summer 2024, including approximately ten new destinations.

These include a new SAS route from Stockholm Arlanda to Seville, and exciting offerings from Norwegian, with new routes from Stockholm Arlanda to Bari and Göteborg Landvetter to Dubrovnik.

Passenger Details by Airport

  • Stockholm Arlanda Airport: Over 1.7 million passengers (+3% compared to March 2023).

International travel increased by 7% to over 1.4 million passengers, while domestic travel decreased by 13%. Passenger levels reached 83% of pre-pandemic levels.

  • Göteborg Landvetter Airport: Nearly 374,000 passengers (+3% compared to March 2023).

International travel rose by 7% to approximately 325,000 passengers, while domestic travel decreased by 16%. Passenger levels reached 76% of pre-pandemic levels.

Regional Airport Performance

Among Swedavia’s regional airports, Kiruna maintained the strongest performance in March compared to pre-pandemic numbers, with close to 27,000 passengers.

Umeå Airport and Visby Airport followed closely behind in terms of passenger growth for March 2024 compared to March 2023.

Malmö Airport and Bromma Stockholm Airport saw the least growth this March compared to the previous year.

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