International air traffic to Stockholm Arlanda continues to recover. During August, booking volumes approached approximately half of the level during the same month in 2019, according to data from IATA.
The Stockholm Chamber of Commerce has read the booking data from IATA, which shows that the recovery for international flights to and from Stockholm Arlanda Airport continues. During the past six months, a total of 96,517 international trips were booked to Arlanda in August and 84,717 of the trips were booked in May, June and July. In total, the level of bookings made in May, June and July for departure in August increases by 206 percent compared with the previous year.
At the same time, however, it is still a long way to the levels before the pandemic, but according to the latest booking data from IATA, the booking volumes in August are about 46 percent of what it looked like in August 2019. This can be compared to 2020 when the level of booked trips for August was 15 percent of bookings for August in 2019.
“The development emphasizes that aviation is an extremely effective way of bridging large distances and that there is basically a great demand. Now it is going up steadily as the conditions for travel improve with eased restrictions and the supply of routes returns, ”says Carl Bergkvist, business policy expert at the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce.
The Stockholm Chamber of Commerce also states that the recovery of aviation that is now taking place means that decisions on future aviation capacity in Stockholm should wait. This is because it is not known how fast the recovery may take place and that flight capacity may be needed in Stockholm, and should a closure of Bromma Airport take place, a lack of capacity may arise at peak times.
“It is still a long way to normal levels, but we see signs that the international flight to Arlanda looks set to continue during the autumn. This strongly suggests that the notion that it is possible to close Bromma Airport is premature and incorrect. When aviation returns to previous levels, which can happen relatively soon, Sweden will need the capital region’s aviation capacity, ”says Carl Bergkvist.