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Sweden air travel still heading downward

Airport operator Swedavia’s passenger statistics for March show that numbers fell 6% in March year-on-year.

Sweden’s air passenger numbers continued their downward trajectory in March, as nearly 3,261,000 passengers flew to or from Swedavia’s ten airports, down 6% compared to the same month last year.

The airport operator said that a number of one-off factors impacted development, such as “calendar effects and weather issues”, but it is also part of a broader consumer trend that began last year.

International passengers overall decreased 6% to almost 2,118,000, while domestic passengers stood at just over 1,143,000, also down 6%.

Traffic development was dented by one-off effects such as Easter travel taking place in April this year compared to March last year. Heavy snow also impacted travel in early March, Swedavia says.

Stockholm Arlanda, the country’s biggest airport, saw around 1,622,000 international passengers, down 6%, while domestic travel there fell 5% during the month to 457,000.

At Gothenburg Landvetter, more than 383,000 passengers flew internationally in March, a 6% decrease, and there were 107,000 domestic passengers, a 13% decline.

Kiruna and Åre up
Regional differences are being seen, however, with the total number of passengers rising at Kiruna and Åre Östersund by 8% and 4%, respectively.

At Stockholm Bromma, international passengers increased 6% to nearly 30,000, but domestic travel fell by the same percentage to 175,000.

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