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Leap year impact means decline in air travel in February

2013-03-07, kl. 14:18

Travel in February 2013 fell three per cent overall compared to the same period in 2012 measured in the number of passengers at Swedavia’s eleven airports. The decrease was essentially in domestic travel, with the number of international passengers unchanged.

In February 2.3 million passengers flew to or from one of Swedavia’s eleven airports, a decrease of three per cent compared to the same period in 2012. The number of domestic passengers fell eight per cent while the number of international passengers was unchanged. There were 950,000 domestic passengers and 1,350,000 international passengers.

In February the number of landings in scheduled and chartered operations at Swedavia’s airports was 15,200, which is six per cent lower than during the same period in 2012.

“Taking into account the effect of the leap day in February 2012 on comparative figures, February traffic this year is on par with last year,” says Torborg Chetkovich, president and CEO of Swedavia. “The trend continues of international traffic propping up travel figures while domestic traffic was down slightly, which illustrates the importance of developing a network of routes and international access that match passenger demand.”

So far in 2013, the number of passengers at Swedavia’s airports has decreased two per cent to 4,550,000. The number of domestic passengers in January and February fell six per cent to 1,850,000 compared to 2012, while the number of international passengers, 2,700,000, is on the same level as last year. The number of landings in scheduled and chartered operations at Swedavia’s airports has so far fallen four per cent compared to the period January-February 2012 to 30,400.