In 2015 there was a 5 per cent growth in travelling. 480 000 startings and landings were performed during 2015.
Intercontinental scheduled traffic
In percentage terms, intercontinental scheduled traffic accounted for a large increase during the last years. Stockholm Arlanda Airport has since 2013 launched new non-stop routes to for instance Hongkong, Bangkok, Dubai, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Fort Lauderdale, Tel Aviv, Casablanca and Teheran. Essentially all routes, which represent major investments by the airlines flying them, showed good growth.
Also domestically, there was good growth in passenger volume,and Swedish domestic volume is now on the same level as in the early 2000s. All of Swedavia’s airports have at least two carriers operating there, which helps increase competition and provide more options.
Swedavia's ten airports 2015
- Kiruna Airport, 260 000 passengers
- Luleå Airport, 1,2 million passengers
- Umeå Airport, 1,05 million passengers
- Åre Östersund Airport, 465 000 passengers
- Stockholm Arlanda Airport, 23,2 million passengers
- Bromma Stockholm Airport, 2,5 million passengers
- Göteborg Landvetter Airport, 6,2 million passengers
- Visby Airport, 431 000 passengers
- Ronneby Airport, 217 000 passengers
- Malmö Airport, 2,2 million passengers
Sweden has a healthy economy, with rising GDP and low inflation. It also has relatively low unemployment and small income gaps compared to many other countries. Sweden is strongly driven by exports and is ranked among the ten most competitive countries in the world. Today it is one of 13 countries with a AAA credit rating.
Sweden has a fairly broad business profile with major operations linked to natural resources, telecommunications and the auto and pharmaceutical industries. Global companies like Volvo, H&M and SKF were mentioned earlier, and the list can be expanded to include companies that founded and maintain large operations in Sweden – such as SCA, Sandvik, SSAB, IKEA, Scania and Electrolux. A large percentage of Swedish business activity is privately owned.
In recent years, Sweden has had good growth in the number of bed-nights for international visitors. The rate of growth is higher than in Europe and the world overall, increasing more than 100 per cent over the past few years. In 2015 the international bed-nights in Sweden increased by around 20 per cent.