Swedes flock to Canary Islands

Swedes voted for traditional holidays in 2006, with Spain's Canary Islands regaining their place at the top of the list of favourite charter destinations. London and New York were among the favourite scheduled destinations.

In 2005, Antalya in Turkey displaced Las Palmas in the Canary Islands from the top charter spot, but figures released by the Swedish Civil Aviation Authority show that the Spanish archipelago regained its favoured status last year.

A total of 173,863 charter tourists visited Las Palmas, 152,244 went to Antalya and 143,827 vacationed in Palma de Majorca.

The most popular destination for scheduled flights was Copenhagen, with 815,996 tickets sold, although many passengers were simply transiting in the Danish capital on their way further afield.

London was the next most popular destination, with 631,140 passengers. Next came Oslo, Helsinki, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Paris, Munich, Las Palmas and Brussels.

The most popular non-European destination was New York, with 122,429 passengers, followed by Bangkok, with 76,538 tickets sold.

Barcelona was the fastest-rising destination, with 89,000 people flying there from Sweden last year, up 46 percent. Palma was up 26 percent and Prague 25 percent.