Leading airports in the Nordic countries 2021, by number of passengers
Ranking is topped by Norwegian and Danish airports
The overall ranking is dominated by Norwegian and Swedish airports. The leading Danish airport was Copenhagen Kastrup Airport. Together with the other two Danish airports on the list, Billund and Aalborg, the passenger number amounted to roughly 11.3 million in 2021. Next to Oslo Airport, five other Norwegian airports ranked among the fifteen busiest airports in the Nordics. This included Bergen, Trondheim, Stavanger, Tromsø, and Malmö Sturup. In total, the Norwegian airports in this ranking accounted for 16.1 million passengers.
COVID-19 pandemic decimates airport passenger numbers
The ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, including lockdowns and travel restrictions, meant that passenger numbers at Nordic airports remained low in 2021. The leading airport in the Nordics, Oslo Airport, only had approximately a third of the passengers in 2021 that it had pre-pandemic in 2019. The number of passengers in Keflavík Airport in Iceland, which operates as a transatlantic aviation hub, began to recover in 2021, after falling from 9.8 million passengers in 2019 to 1.4 million passengers in 2020.. However, the number of passengers at Keflavík Airport was still more than two thirds below that of 2019.