The impact on air travel demand caused by the re-timing of Easter this year can clearly be seen in the latest monthly traffic statistics for airports in the Nordic region. Traffic dipped in March and rebounded in April especially at Norway’s four major airports where traffic is dominated by domestic traffic which is mostly business related.
|Source: LFV, Avinor, Finavia, CPH Airport, Billund Airport, Keflavik Airport|
Stockholm Skavsta is still benefiting from the extra routes Ryanair started last October while Billund has maintained double-digit growth for over a year now. Traffic at Iceland’s major airport has fallen for three straight months after impressive growth in 2007.
Oslo and Stockholm gaining on Copenhagen
Oslo and Arlanda continue to close the gap on Copenhagen as the region’s busiest airport. Passenger numbers in the first half of 2008 were up 6.8% at Oslo Gardermoen and 6.1% at Stockholm Arlanda. Copenhagen’s traffic was up a still respectable 5.3%.