Swedavia passenger traffic still lags behind pre-pandemic levels
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Swedavia passenger traffic continues to lag behind pre-pandemic levels

08 Sep 2021 (Last Updated September 8th, 2021 15:27)

International and domestic passenger volume decreased 61% and 57%, respectively, in August 2021 compared to August 2019.

Swedavia passenger traffic continues to lag behind pre-pandemic levels
Stockholm Arlanda Airport. Credit: Brendan Austin / Swedavia Airports.

Swedavia has reported a 60% decline in passenger traffic across its ten airports in August 2021, compared to the pre-pandemic level in August 2019.

Swedavia recorded nearly 1.5 million passengers at its ten airports in August this year, of which 1,078,000 were international passengers and 420,000 were domestic passengers.

This marks a 61% slump in international passenger volume and a 57% decrease in domestic volume compared to the same month in 2019.

At Stockholm Arlanda Airport (ARN), which is Sweden’s largest airport, air travel declined 61% to 946,000 passengers in August 2021 compared to August 2019.

International and domestic travel registered a decrease of 62% and 55%, respectively.

However, passenger volume at the airport jumped 126% compared to August 2020, which was also hit by the pandemic.

Swedavia’s Göteborg Landvetter Airport witnessed a decline with approximately 265,000 passengers in August this year, down 58% compared to August 2019.

International travel at the Göteborg Landvetter Airport plunged 55%, while domestic travel decreased 73%.

In comparison with August 2020, passenger volume at the airport surged 155%.

In August this year, Bromma Stockholm Airport witnessed a passenger volume of more than 64,000, which is a decrease of 64% compared to August 2019.

All of Swedavia’s seven regional airports reported a better passenger trend in August 2021 compared to the same month in 2020, with a fall in passenger volumes ranging between 36% and 84%.

However, Swedavia saw a 130% increase in overall air travel in August 2021, compared to August 2020.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, air travel at Swedavia’s ten airports decreased by a total of around 49 million passengers.

Swedavia president and CEO Jonas Abrahamsson said: “In late August, some deceleration in the pace of the recovery for air travel was seen.

“Although there are many bright spots, there is still great uncertainty going forward, about how the pandemic will develop but also, for instance, to what extent business travel will gain momentum in the autumn.”