Passenger numbers at ten airports increased 4% in 2013
Around 33.4 million passengers travelled to or from one of Swedavia’s ten airports in 2013, the airport developer says. That is 1.3 million more than the previous record, set in 2102.
The upward trend is being driven mainly by increased international travel, Swedavia says, both in Europe and beyond.
The number of passengers at the ten airports increased 4% in 2013. The number of international passengers increased 6%, domestic passengers by 1%.
“The increase in passenger numbers is a result of many airlines having decided to invest in new non-stop routes, which facilitates travel and enhances Swedish competitiveness,” says Torborg Chetkovich, chief executive of Swedavia.
Much of the passenger growth, for both domestic and international travel, took place in the last two quarters of the year. During H1, growth was up only 1%. Domestic travel fell 3% during the first six months but then rebounded strongly.
“We could see a change during the spring, and with the new routes launched and announced after that, combined with a major influx of business travellers in scheduled service, we are cautiously optimistic about the future,” Chetkovich said.
It was a record year in passenger numbers for Stockholm Arlanda (20.7 million), Göteborg Landvetter (5 million), Malmö Airport (2.1 million), Luleå Airport (1.1 million), Umeå Airport (990,000) and Kiruna Airport (226,000).
The number of landings for scheduled and charter operations at Swedavia’s airports in 2013 was about 200,000, 2% more than in 2012.
[photo courtesy Swedavia]