Swedavia’s traffic statistics for April 2020

2020-05-11, kl. 06:00

In April, 63,000 passengers flew via Swedavia’s ten airports, a full 98 per cent decrease compared to April last year, when Swedavia had more than 3.2 million passengers. The full impact of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic was evident during the month, and a number of the airports had no scheduled service. Traffic is expected to remain at very low levels in the near future.

In April, 63,000 passengers flew via Swedavia’s ten airports, a full 98 per cent decrease compared to April last year, when Swedavia had more than 3.2 million passengers. The full impact of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic was evident during the month, and a number of the airports had no scheduled service. Traffic is expected to remain at very low levels in the near future. The situation for Swedavia is therefore still extremely challenging, and the company is losing about 500 million Swedish kronor in revenue a month.

In April, the number of international passengers at Swedavia’s airports was 37,500 and the number of domestic passengers was 25,500, a decrease of more than 98 per cent compared to the same month last year. For the same period last year, Swedavia’s airports had more than 2.2 million international passengers and more than 1 million domestic passengers.

Eight of Swedavia’s ten airports had fewer than 3,000 passengers in April. Six of the airports had fewer than 1,000 domestic passengers during the month. Two of the airports, Bromma Stockholm Airport and Ronneby Airport, had no scheduled service during the month.

“Access in Sweden is still greatly restricted, within the country as well as to and from the rest of the world. While we now see early signs that economies are opening up and that airlines are planning to resume some service, there is still very great uncertainty about the market situation and when restrictions can be lifted. We therefore do not expect air traffic to recover to any great extent over the next few months. There is also considerable uncertainty about what the structural consequences will be for the aviation market of tomorrow,” says Jonas Abrahamsson, Swedavia’s president and CEO.

“We are in an unprecedented social crisis, and it is a particularly challenging situation for Swedavia. Right now, we have lost virtually all our operating revenue and are thus losing about 500 million kronor in revenue a month. However, we acted quickly, taking robust and necessary measures to adapt operations to the sharp, rapid downturn in traffic. Among other moves, this includes drastically reducing our costs, adjusting our operations to an absolute minimum and reviewing all of our investments,” says Jonas Abrahamsson.

“The entire aviation industry and Swedavia’s operations will be tremendously important for Sweden’s economic recovery and for the country’s future prosperity, and we are therefore making preparations so that we are ready once the recovery takes hold. This includes ensuring that we take the necessary measures so that our airports are as safe and secure as possible from an infection prevention perspective as well,” concludes Jonas Abrahamsson.

Stockholm Arlanda Airport, Sweden’s largest airport, had a total of over 46,000 passengers in April compared to more than 2 million passengers during the same month last year. Göteborg Landvetter Airport, Sweden’s second largest airport, had over 2,800 passengers, compared to more than 500,000 in April last year. That corresponds to a decrease of 98 per cent and about 99 per cent, respectively.

For many years, Swedavia has carried out ambitious sustainability work. All ten of its airports shall have zero emissions of fossil carbon dioxide from their own operations by the end of 2020. Swedavia also works actively to promote the industry’s transition to bio fuel and has the goal that five per cent of all fuel used to refuel aircraft at Swedish airports shall be fossil-free by 2025. Since 2016, Swedavia buys bio aviation fuel equivalent to the amount the company uses on flights for business purposes, about 450 tonnes of fuel a year.

Traffic statistics for Swedavia’s airports are available (in Swedish) at www.swedavia.se under “Om Swedavia/Om Swedavia/Statistik.” https://www.swedavia.se/om-swedavia/statistik/.

For further information, please contact Swedavia’s press office at tel. +46 (0)10-109 01 00 or press@swedavia.se.