Record departures for high-flying Swedes

Record departures for high-flying Swedes
Photo: LFV/Daniel Asplund
More people than ever before are taking flights from Sweden to foreign destinations.

The number of passengers departing for foreign shores from airports run by the state-owned LFV Group was up 9 percent in September compared to the same period last year.

“It is mainly private passengers who are pulling up the figures, which have reached record heights,” said LFV’s director of marketing Dan Lundvall.

“Charter flights as well as regular flights seem to be doing very well,” he added.

Some 1,655,000 passengers flew abroad in September, a figure which does not include Ryanair’s traffic from Skavsta airport.

“We are at the crest of an economic boom and a lot of people have plenty of money to spend on travel,” said Dan Lundvall.

“We also have a record number of destinations on offer, with 20 percent more destinations than at the turn of the millennium,” he added.

The number of domestic passengers in September however saw a decrease of four percent to 1,175,200 compared to the same period last year. The drop would not have been quite so severe had not SAS been forced to ground its fleet of Dash planes for much of the month.

But the drop can also be partly explained by stiff competition from the rail sector.