Nordic airports: Ryanair; Good news for Skavsta, bad news for Malmo

Image: Trend FlagsAirports serving the major cities in the Nordic countries saw good traffic growth in February (thanks to the extra day) but this was offset by a poor March where the early arrival of Easter dampened demand for domestic business travel.

Since November, Stockholm Skavsta has shown the highest growth rates thanks to additional routes offered by Ryanair. Conversely, Ryanair’s decision to axe its five routes to Malmo at the end of last summer has only partly been offset by the decision of Sterling to create a mini-base at the airport, which is less than 50 kilometres away from its home base in Copenhagen, on the other side of the Oresund strait.

Chart: Nordic Airports Growth
Source: LFV, Avinor, Finavia, CPH Airport, Billund Airport, Keflavik Airport

Billund airport also benefited from an increase in LCC traffic during 2007 and reported growth of between 20% and 30% for most of the year.

Among the three major SAS hubs, Oslo reported the highest growth in 2007 (up 7.8% to 19.04 million) followed by Copenhagen (2.5% growth to 21.41 million) and Stockholm Arlanda (2.1% growth to 17.91 million).


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