Swedes fly long-haul for winter sun

Swedes fly long-haul for winter sun
Warnings from environmentalists over the climate impact of flying appear to be making little impact in Sweden: the number of Swedes flying long-haul for winter holidays has increased markedly this year, according to new figures.

Figures from state airport operator LFV show the number of air passengers to destinations outside Europe has risen 50 percent since last year, according to Sveriges Radio.

Some 200,000 Swedes flew to destinations outside Europe last month, a rise of 50 percent compared to November 2006.

Charter airlines account for half the rise, with Thailand, China and Malaysia the fastest-rising destinations.

Travel company Fritidsresor says it has sold 15 percent more holidays this winter than last winter. Apollo increased sales by 30 percent, Solresor has seen an increase of 67 percent.