Aviation’s importance in society

Aviation enables people to meet even when distances are great. It links cultures and economies together and creates relationships between people from different parts of the world. 

Possibility to meet friends and family

Swedish international air travel is much more multifaceted than the “trip to Thailand” often used as an example. Some 45 per cent of all international flights at our airports are made by people who live outside Sweden. This also contributes to greater and more important tourism. Along with the 25 per cent of international passengers at Swedavia’s airports travelling for business purposes, 25 per cent travel to meet friends and family. Today nearly 20 per cent of the Swedish population – 2 million people – were born abroad, according to Statistics Sweden’s definition. Air transport also connects Sweden together and makes it possible to travel all across the country in a reasonable amount of time.

Source: Swedavia’s Travel Habits Survey, 2018-2019. Departing passengers, purpose of travel, international passengers.

Child looking out through aircraft window

An essential requirement for economic growth

Good access by air is an important requirement for Swedish export companies to attract corporate investment in Sweden from abroad, for the hospitality and conference sector to bring international meetings and conferences to Sweden, and for research exchanges in higher education and research. Direct routes increase international access to and from Sweden, which is crucial to Swedish business and to global export companies, who have greater cargo opportunities.

Aviation also plays an important role in creating conditions for investment and the set-up of companies and operations in regions beyond major cities. As a result, air transport also creates economic growth, competitiveness and prosperity in all parts of Sweden. 

  • Swedish aviation contributes more than 130 billion Swedish kronor each year to Sweden’s GDP, both through revenue generated in the industry and through the access that air travel entails.
    - Oxford Economics, The Catalytic Benefits of Aviation in Sweden, 2014, and InterVISTAS, Economic Impact of European Airports, 2015
  • Aviation generates more than 24 billion kronor in tax revenue each year for Sweden’s central government budget. This does not include revenue from the country’s national aviation tax (which generates about 1-3 billion kronor). This includes taxes from the aviation industry and its employees as well as tax revenue from the industry’s supply chain. 
     - Oxford Economics
  • The aviation industry creates about 80,000 jobs in Sweden. More than 850 direct jobs are created for each additional one million passengers. Even more jobs are created indirectly.
    - Oxford Economics, Copenhagen Economics, Värdet av Arlanda [‘The Value of Stockholm Arlanda’], 2014.
  • More than 25 per cent of foreign visitors in Sweden arrive by air at Swedish airports and spend more than 70 billion kronor each year in the country, which creates more than 100,000 jobs. This figure is expected to rise to about 150,000 jobs by 2030.
    - Oxford Economics