Stockholm Arlanda Airport’s importance for Sweden continues to grow, with the airport setting a record for the straight third year. International and domestic traffic both increased in 2013, with domestic traffic up one per cent and international traffic up seven per cent. In absolute numbers, 20,681,554 passengers flew to and from Stockholm Arlanda Airport over the past year. London, Berlin and Paris were the international destinations with the greatest increase in 2013.
“2013 was a fantastic year for Stockholm Arlanda, and we are strongly positioned for 2014. During the year, a number of new non-stop routes were launched here, including seven long-haul routes, while existing airlines increased their number of departures. Stockholm Arlanda is Sweden’s gateway to the world,” says Kjell-Åke Westin, airport director at Stockholm Arlanda Airport.
The ever larger number of passengers at Stockholm Arlanda encountered an airport undergoing transformation in 2013. For instance, Terminal 2 was refurbished to provide a brand new travel experience, and the airport’s Sky City shopping centre was expanded with the addition of a mini-mall that includes the well-known Starbucks coffee chain as well as a florist, hairdresser and bakery.
“More passengers are driving the demand to continually develop the airport, and the offering of services is becoming even more exciting. Our vision is to build the airport of the future and meet passenger expectations of a unique experience-oriented destination and meeting place,” Mr Westin adds.
Top ten developments at Stockholm Arlanda, 2013
April: Victoria’s Secret opens a shop
April: New Terminal 2 inaugurated
May: Norwegian’s long-haul ventures (New York, Bangkok, Ft Lauderdale)
June: SkyBridge, mini-mall in SkyCity, inaugurated
July: First Dreamliner in scheduled service (Qatar)
September: President Obama visits
September: Emirates launches service to Dubai
November: New environmental permit
December: Red Cross second-hand shop opens
December: 20 millionth passenger
Top ten destinations, 2013
London, Copenhagen, Oslo, Helsinki, Gothenburg, Amsterdam, Umeå, Malmö, Frankfurt, Luleå.
Passenger volume at Stockholm Arlanda over the past four years:
2010: 16,962,129 passengers
2011: 19,063,517 passengers
2012: 19,641,805 passengers
2013: 20,681,554 passengers
Other numbers for Stockholm Arlanda, 2013:
86 airlines (2012 figures)
20 new restaurants, cafés and bars –
a total of 53 restaurants, cafés and bars
21,000 parking spaces
52 per cent take public transport to and from Stockholm Arlanda