“The rapid growth in traffic places great demands on our infrastructure and the airport’s employees, but so far things have gone smoothly with the increase. However, the statistics clearly show how quickly an increase can occur and how important it is to be equipped for unforeseen events in the world,” says Charlotte Ljunggren, airport director.
“This growth puts a spotlight on our hearing in the Land and Environmental and Court, which will be held soon, and where a ruling will be issued on the airport’s new environmental permit. In brief, it concerns two things: what space will we have as an airport to meet the region’s needs and be able to contribute to growth, jobs and economically and socially sustainable development in the region? And that means the space we can do this so that it is done in an environmentally sustainable way,” Ms Ljunggren adds.
There were 294,343 international passengers in February 2015, an increase of 17 per cent. Excluding the additional traffic transferred from Göteborg City Airport (Säve), which has flown to and from Göteborg Landvetter since November 2014 due to weight bearing capacity problems, the increase in international passengers was still 1.9 per cent compared to February last year.
The number of domestic passengers in February was 100,716, a decrease of 3 per cent compared to the same month last year.
During February this year, a total of 395,059 people flew to or from Göteborg Landvetter Airport, which is an 11 per cent increase compared to the same period last year and the highest figure ever for the month of February. Excluding the additional traffic from Göteborg City Airport, total passenger volume in February this year was essentially unchanged compared to last year.
In terms of traffic for the first two months of 2015, the increase in total passenger at Göteborg Landvetter was 10 per cent (794,895). There was a 16 per cent increase in international traffic but a 5 per cent decrease in domestic traffic.
The number of landings at Göteborg Landvetter during February this year was 2,464, which is an increase of 5 per cent compared to the same period last year.
Facts, new environmental permit
Göteborg Landvetter Airport has applied for a new environmental permit for an increase in the number of movements, from a maximum of 80,000 take-offs and landings per year to a maximum of 120,000. The application also includes changes in flight paths and approach routes in order to minimise aviation noise and carbon dioxide emissions.
The main hearing for the environmental permit will be held in the Land and Environmental Court on March 10-12.