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23 million passengers – new record at Stockholm Arlanda Airport

Photo: Joakim Knutsson
2015-12-30, kl. 09:19

Today, December 29, a new passenger record will be set at Sweden’s largest airport, Stockholm Arlanda Airport. At 2.00 p.m., passenger number 23 million will pass through the security checkpoint in Terminal 5 at Stockholm Arlanda Airport. As a result, the airport will set a new passenger record for the fifth straight year.

“This is testimony to the importance of Stockholm Arlanda and of air travel for access to and from Sweden. In passing the 23 million passenger mark, Stockholm Arlanda cements its position as the fastest growing airport in Scandinavia,” says airport director Kjell-Åke Westin.

Air travel to and from Sweden continues to grow. So far this year, international travel to and from Sweden is up 8 per cent. That increase demonstrates Stockholm Arlanda’s importance for economic growth both in the Stockholm region and throughout the country. Since 2012, annual passenger volume at Stockholm Arlanda has increased from 19.6 million to more than 23 million in 2015.

When the record is broken at around 2.00 p.m., it will be celebrated with the symbolic selection of 23 passengers to represent the more than 23 million passengers at Stockholm Arlanda this year. These 23 passengers will be celebrated with gifts and congratulated by the airport director on duty, Fredrik Jaresved. Speeches will be held, and all the passengers will receive a gift check from Swedavia.

“It is fantastic that we can celebrate yet another new passenger record. This confirms that Stockholm Arlanda’s importance for Swedish air travel internationally and throughout the country is steadily growing,” Mr Westin notes.

The total number of international passengers flying to or from Stockholm Arlanda increased 4 per cent in 2015 compared to 2014. To meet this strong demand for flights, Swedavia has taken the decision to invest 13 billion Swedish kronor in the development of Stockholm Arlanda through 2040. Measures include a new pier for international passengers and adaptation of the airport to handle what is currently the world’s largest aircraft, the Airbus 380. Stockholm Arlanda also expects to be an airport with US border preclearance, enabling direct check-in to the US in 2017.