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A solitary passenger at Stockholm Arlanda (photo: Swedavia)

Passenger numbers dropping in Sweden

The Swedish airport operator is stressing sustainability in response to growing concerns over air travel in the country.

Nearly 2,790,000 passengers flew to or from Swedish airport operator Swedavia’s ten airports in February, a decline of almost 4% compared to the same month last year.

At both of the country’s two biggest airports, Stockholm Arlanda and Göteborg Landvetter, air travel decreased by 3%, not enough to offset rises at two much smaller regional airports.

The number of international passengers at the ten airports overall decreased by 2% during the month to just over 1,795,000, while domestic passengers totalled more than 994,000, a 6% decrease compared to the same month last year.

Around 1,357,000 international passengers flew to or from Stockholm Arlanda, down 2% year on year, while the number of people flying domestically was down 4% to almost 399,000.

At Göteborg Landvetter Airport, almost 345,000 passengers flew internationally during February, a 1% decline compared to last year, while the number of domestic passengers was almost 94,000 – a drop of 9%.

There are regional differences among Sweden’s airports in both domestic and international travel. At Visby Airport and Luleå Airport, total travel increased during February, by 3% and 2%, respectively.

At Stockholm Bromma, the capital’s second airport and the third biggest in the country, the number of international passengers rose 5% to almost 25,000, but domestic travel dropped 9% to about 150,000.

“Ambitious sustainability”
Perhaps in response to the high-profile environmental campaign seen in Sweden during 2018, which has encouraged people to choose not to book travel that involved flights, Swedavia stresses it has had “an ambitious sustainability” strategy at work for many years.

All ten Swedavia airports will produce zero fossil carbon dioxide emissions from their own operations by 2020, the operator says.

Swedavia is also “actively working” to promote the shift to biofuels, which it says is “one of the most important measures to reduce the air transport industry’s climate impact”.

Its target is to have 5% of all fuel used for refuelling at Sweden’s airports be fossil-free by 2025. It says that since 2016 it has been purchasing biofuel equivalent to the amount used in the company’s air travel for business purposes, about 450 tonnes of fuel annually.

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