In May, more than 80,000 passengers flew via Swedavia’s ten airports, a full 98 per cent decrease compared to the same month in 2019, when there were a total of 3,600,000 passengers. For the second straight month, results were affected by the full impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. This trend is also expected to continue in June although there are some signs of a restart with the easing of travel restrictions.
In May, Swedavia’s airports had a total of 53,000 international passengers and 28,000 domestic passengers, a 98 per cent decrease in both international and domestic traffic compared to May last year. Swedavia then had 2,500,000 international passengers and 1,200,000 domestic passengers.
“The dramatic decline in air travel continued in May for the second straight month, and many of our airports had virtually no commercial air traffic. With travel restrictions now easing in Sweden and the rest of the EU, we see early signs of a restart and airlines’ plans for a cautious increase in traffic. Naturally, this is positive for access, but it is still a matter of modest levels, and we do not expect any quick recovery in air travel over the next few months,” says Jonas Abrahamsson, Swedavia’s president and CEO.
At Stockholm Arlanda Airport, Sweden’s largest airport, travel decreased 97 per cent to 60,000 passengers, compared to 2,300,000 in May last year. At Göteborg Landvetter Airport, Sweden’s second largest airport, travel decreased 99 per cent to 5,000 passengers, compared to more than 600,000 passengers in May last year.
During the month, air traffic at Swedavia’s seven regional airports decreased a total of 97 per cent to 15,000 passengers. There were 3,000 international passengers and 12,000 domestic passengers. Last year, there were 510,000 passengers at the company’s regional airports.
Three of Swedavia’s airports – Bromma Stockholm Airport, Ronneby Airport and Åre Östersund Airport – had almost no commercial air traffic in May.
For many years, Swedavia has carried out ambitious sustainability work. All ten of its airports shall have zero emissions of fossil carbon dioxide from their own operations by the end of 2020. Swedavia also works actively to promote the industry’s transition to bio fuel and has the goal that five per cent of all fuel used to refuel aircraft at Swedish airports shall be fossil-free by 2025. Since 2016, Swedavia buys bio aviation fuel equivalent to the amount the company uses on flights for business purposes, about 450 tonnes of fuel a year.