SAS’s troubles impacting Scandinavian airport traffic; Stockholm Skavsta still growing

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A bus gate at Copenhagen. Next year the airport opens its low cost terminal, Copenhagen SWIFT, allowing airlines which don’t want full service to benefit from up to 50% lower tariffs.

Since last looked specifically at demand trends at airports in the Nordic countries the economic downturn has taken its toll across the regions with nearly all airports reporting a reduction in passenger numbers. Iceland, particularly badly affected by the banking crisis, saw traffic fall by more than 25% every month between November 2008 and March 2009.

Chart: Nordic airports - Monthly year-on-year passenger growth: 1/07 to 9/09
Source: LFV, Avinor, Finavia, CPH Airport, Billund Airport, Keflavik Airport

Stockholm Skavsta, after a lull over the winter period, has returned to growth during the summer period thanks to a further increase in Ryanair services. Overall Norwegian airports have performed rather better than Swedish airports thanks to the growth of Norwegian (the airline) which has taken up some of the slack left by the on-going downsizing of SAS across Scandinavia. Copenhagen has responded to the demise last year of Sterling by attracting new routes from Cimber Sterling, Norwegian and

Oslo still gaining slowly on Copenhagen

Among the three main regional hubs Copenhagen is still beating Oslo and Stockholm though the gap between the top two is continuing to close. In the first eight months of 2009 passenger numbers were down 13.5% at Stockholm Arlanda (to 10.70 million), down 9.3% at Oslo Gardermoen (to 11.99 million) and down 11.6% at Copenhagen (to 13.22 million).

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