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Sun and heat attract people from Norrbotten with travel lust

2014-05-09, kl. 11:48

91,788 passengers flew to or from Luleå Airport in April 2014. That is an increase of 3 per cent compared to the same month in 2013. Charter traffic was up 136 per cent compared to April last year, increasing from 1,958 to 4,614 passengers.

Air traffic at Luleå Airport continued to trend positively, with charter traffic mainly contributing to these positive figures. Domestic traffic was unchanged compared to last year. Flying non-stop from one's local airport is popular and greatly appreciated by passengers. The sharp rise in passenger volume is attributable to the winter charter programme continuing into April,  with departures to destinations such as Tenerife and Gran Canaria, while the summer programme already started up in late April compared to 2013.

"The spring/summer non-stop charter flights, with departures to Turkey and Greece among other places, have started up again. International traffic is sharply on the rise, and a growing number of tour operators see an opportunity in offering non-stop charter flights from Luleå Airport. A new destination for 2014 is the Greek island of Samos," says Ann-Christin Viklund, airport director of Luleå Airport.

"We are very pleased about these tour operators' investments in non-stop charter flights and hope that more companies will see what an attractive region this is. More and more people want non-stop flights to the sun and heat from their local airport," Ms Viklund adds.

During the period January–April, 2014, 349,412 passengers flew via Luleå Airport, which is an increase of 5 per cent compared to last year, when the figure was 331,794 passengers. Domestic traffic was up 3 per cent, from 317,868 to 328,384 passengers, while international traffic increased 51 per cent, from 13,926 to 21,028 passengers.