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Aviation industry in Sweden - statistics & facts

The Swedish aviation industry recently experienced a decline in the number of active enterprises. The number of active enterprises fell though the number of air freight enterprises increased. The number of powered aircraft increased slightly in recent years, amounting to 2,477 in 2020. Despite the increase in aircraft, greenhouse gas emissions have been decreasing continuously, amounting to 477,000 tons of CO2 in 2019. In parallel, the industry saw a large decrease in airport infrastructure investments, with only 373.8 million euros invested in 2019 relative to the 424.7 million euros invested in 2017.

Decline in the performance of Swedish aviation industry segments

In recent years, the number of domestic and international aircraft movements decreased, most notably in 2020 when flight operations reduced drastically as a result of restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The impact of the pandemic was also seen in the sharp decline in the number of passengers at Swedish airports in the same period. Also experiencing a decline, the overall volume of freight handled at Swedish airports decreased to 132,099 metric tons. Additionally, the volume of mail handled at Swedish airports decreased, with 4,321 metric tons distributed domestically and 2,977 metric tons shipped internationally.

Which company is leading the Swedish aviation industry?

SAS AB, parent company of SAS Scandinavian airlines, was the largest stakeholder in the Swedish aviation industry, reporting a turnover of 20.5 billion Swedish Kroner as of August 2021. The group also employed multiple individuals, reporting a total of 7,568 employees in the same period. SAS Scandinavian airlines experienced continuous growth in annual revenue until the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, which greatly restricted flight operations. In 2021, the airline recorded a revenue of 13.9 billion Swedish kroner, which represented a decline of about 70 percent compared to 2019. The decrease in flight operations also resulted in a sharp decline of passengers in the industry, with an estimated total of 7.6 million passengers in 2021, compared to the 29.8 million passengers recorded in 2019.

Airport traffic at Swedish airports

The Stockholm Arlanda Airport was the busiest airport in 2021, having recorded a total of 45,554 aircraft landings. In this period, the airport also reported the largest number of passengers, amounting to 7.5 million. This represented a large decrease relative to the 25.6 million passengers in 2019. The sharp decline was caused by the reduced flight operations as a result of COVID-19 restrictions. This airport also handled the largest freight volume amounting to about 95,200 metric tons in 2021.

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