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More people fly in Norway, less in Sweden

Numbers just released for the month of November show a declining trend in passenger numbers in Sweden.

Sweden saw a decline in the number of passengers taking to the skies in November, which may or may not be a result of the much-publicised debates and pledges about aviation and its effect on the environment, or airlines switching capacity as a result of the country’s new tax.

Around 3,243,000 passengers flew to or from Swedavia’s ten airports, a decrease of nearly 2% compared to the same month last year.

This means that during the first 11 months of this year there was a total of 39,051,000 passengers – a number that has remained static from the same period last year.

The total number of international passengers at the operator’s ten airports in November was 2,032,000, which is essentially unchanged from last year. This is a noticeable declining trend, as the period January-November overall saw a 2% increase, to 26,499,000.

The number of domestic passengers in November fell by nearly 5%, to 1,210,000, while the number for the period January-November decreased by just over 3% to 12,552,000.

At Stockholm Arlanda, Swedavia’s biggest airport, total passenger volume fell by nearly 1% to 2,034,000 passengers in November. At Göteborg Landvetter, the passenger volume was on a par with November last year, at 504,000. Some smaller airports saw a rise, such as Luleå Airport where numbers increased by just under 1%.

Both Stockholm Arlanda and Göteborg Landvetter have seen a 1% rise in total passenger volume so far in 2018, whereas passenger volumes at Swedavia’s other airports decreased.

As a result of the increase at the company’s big airports, the total passenger volume at Swedavia’s ten airports was unchanged overall for the first 11 months of the year compared to the same period in 2017.

Opposite direction
Over the border in Norway, a total of 4.3 million passengers travelled through Avinor’s airports in November, up 3.2% year-on-year.

All of Avinor’s larger airports saw increased traffic for the period, with 2.2 million going through Oslo Airport, up 4%. At Bergen Airport traffic increased by 5.6%, at Trondheim it rose 2.1%, at Stavanger 2.8%.

At the operator’s smaller airports, changes to routes for individual destinations can make a big difference. In Namsos, north of Trondheim, growth was a huge 40%, with 4109 passengers travelling through the airport during the period.

“Changes to routes have made it more attractive for businesses in the area to use the service, especially to and from Oslo,” explains Geir Tore Buvarp, airport director at Namsos Airport.

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