Mid-sized and regional airports are posting growth many times greater than the Swedish average, new figures show.
Mid-sized and regional airports in Sweden are posting far greater growth in passenger numbers than the Swedish average, Regional Airport Partners reports.
They are posting 21% growth year-on-year for the first quarter of 2018, compared to the Swedish average of 3%.
Växjö Småland Airport (VXO) came first out of all of the country’s airports during the quarter, at 68%. This was followed by Norrköping (NRK), which grew 45%, and Skellefteå Airport (SFT) in third at 37%.
Strong growth is also being recorded at Trollhättan Vänersborg Airport (THN) and Linköping City Airport (LPI), which both rose by 10% during the quarter.
The country’s largest airports, Stockholm Arlanda (ARN) and Gothenburg Landvetter (GOT), by contrast both experienced 3% growth.
Growth at regional airports should continue further in 2018. Tour operator TUI has announced Antalya in Turkey as new destination from Växjö Småland from August.
Meanwhile, flag carrier SAS launched a four-times daily product between Örnsköldsvik Airport (OER) and Stockholm Arlanda on April 8.
“In the LCC segment we saw Europe’s third and fourth largest LCC’s Wizzair and Norwegian enter two of our client airports for the first time and we also saw expansion from Europe’s largest LCC in Ryanair,” Regional Airport Partners says on its website.
“In the more traditional segments, 2018 will be a fantastic year where we already have SAS and KLM entering new client airports as well as Swedish regional carrier BRA starting their first international route from Sweden,” it continues.
Växjö Småland recently launched its first Berlin flight with regional carrier BRA on Good Friday, which Regional Airport Partners says is “booking extremely well over the entire summer season”.
The company adds: “In the charter segment we saw a large upswing for 2017, and for 2018 there is new capacity year round and the next big highlight is Krabi, Thailand from SFT [this winter].”