Swedavia Airports See Strong International Travel in June

An aircraft parked at the terminal at Stockholm Arlanda.
Photo Credit: Swedavia

Swedavia, the operator of ten airports across Sweden, demonstrates resilience in the face of economic headwinds.

June 2024 passenger figures mirrored those of June 2023, with a total of over 3.1 million passengers utilizing Swedavia’s airports.

This stability masks a significant shift – a robust 6% increase in international travel, reaching over 2.5 million passengers, offset by a 20% decline in domestic travel, settling at approximately 618,000 passengers.

Notably, Swedavia’s airports achieved 82% of their pre-pandemic passenger volume in June 2019, indicating a steady recovery trajectory.

International Growth

A key driver of this positive international trend is the strategic investment by airlines in expanding their route networks, particularly through Stockholm Arlanda and Göteborg Landvetter, Swedavia’s two largest airports.

Jonas Abrahamsson, Swedavia’s President and CEO, highlights this strategy’s effectiveness.

“Airlines are strategically adding new routes, especially to European destinations,” he explained. “This investment proves effective despite economic uncertainties.”

This sentiment is echoed by the impressive 11% increase in international traffic witnessed at Göteborg Landvetter compared to June 2023.

Summer Program Fuels Connectivity

Swedavia’s commitment to enhancing international connectivity is further exemplified by its summer program boasting 25 new routes across its airports.

Stockholm Arlanda takes center stage with 17 of these additions, offering exciting connections to destinations like Toronto, Montreal, and various European cities.

Göteborg Landvetter also benefits from a new route to Pristina, strengthening ties with the Balkans. Additionally, airports like Malmö, Umeå, Luleå, and Åre Östersund are experiencing growth in charter flights, catering to the summer travel rush.

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

Swedavia’s Top International Markets

Understanding Swedavia’s passenger base is crucial. Germany remains the top international destination (excluding Sweden), followed by Spain, the United Kingdom, and Nordic neighbors Norway and Finland.

This focus on European travel aligns with airlines’ strategic investments and caters to a well-established travel corridor.

 However, the presence of Poland, Denmark, France, Italy, and Turkey in the top 10 highlights a broader international reach.

New Routes Take Flight (June & July)

For those planning their summer getaways, Swedavia offers a wealth of new options:

  • Stockholm Arlanda: Toronto (Air Canada), Montreal (Air Canada), Billund (Norwegian), Marseille (Transavia FR), Naples (Eurowings), Pristina (SAS), Rhodes (SAS), Heraklion (SAS), Tirana (SAS)
  • Göteborg Landvetter: Pristina (Norwegian)
A Swedia ground worker alongside an aircraft.
Photo Credit: Swedavia

Airport-Specific Performance: A Mixed Picture

While the overall trend is positive, individual airport performances within the Swedavia network vary.

Stockholm Arlanda

Stockholm Arlanda, the flagship airport, witnessed a 3% year-over-year increase in passenger numbers, exceeding 2.2 million.

Notably, international traffic at Arlanda grew by a commendable 7%, reaching 2 million passengers, while domestic traffic also saw a healthy 24% rise to nearly 250,000 passengers.

This robust performance positions Arlanda at 89% of its pre-pandemic passenger volume, indicating a near-complete recovery.

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

Göteborg Landvetter

Göteborg Landvetter also experienced positive growth, with total passenger numbers exceeding 536,000, representing a 5% increase compared to June 2023. Here, international travel thrived, with an 11% surge to 493,000 passengers.

Domestic travel, however, saw a steeper decline of 33%, settling at 42,259 passengers. Despite this dip, Landvetter remains at 82% of its pre-pandemic passenger levels, signifying a substantial recovery.

Looking beyond the two largest airports, passenger trends across Swedavia’s network paint a mixed picture.

Kiruna and Visby airports emerged as the top performers compared to June 2023, showcasing a significant uptick in passenger numbers.

Interestingly, Kiruna and Luleå airports lead the pack regarding recovery from the pandemic, nearing pre-pandemic passenger levels. Conversely, Malmö and Bromma Stockholm airports experienced the weakest growth year-over-year.

Looking Ahead: Maintaining Momentum

Swedavia’s performance in June 2024 underscores the resilience of the air travel industry, particularly in the international segment.

Strategic airline investment in new routes, particularly through Stockholm Arlanda and Göteborg Landvetter, has fueled this growth.

While domestic travel shows a decline, the overall passenger numbers remain stable compared to pre-pandemic levels. As the summer season progresses and the impact of new routes materializes, Swedavia will be closely monitoring passenger trends.

The success of the summer program and continued economic uncertainties will influence future strategies.


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