In three years, the number of passengers flying between the United States and Stockholm Arlanda Airport has grown by almost 60 percent to more than one million passengers a year. As a result, traffic from the US has increased twice as fast as other international traffic to Arlanda.
Now it will grow even further, as SAS has launched its new direct route from Los Angeles to Stockholm this week.
Strong growth on U.S. routes
In 2015, a total of 663,000 passengers flew on any of the intercontinental direct routes between the US and Stockholm Arlanda Airport. If this also includes passengers flying from the US but transferring at airports en route to Arlanda, the figure is 1.1 million passengers a year.
Los Angeles – Stockholm
“Air links from the US west coast are important for both tourism and business exchanges between the countries. The route also means increased productivity for companies that work or want to start working in the Swedish-US market. So it is of great value that SAS is now launching a non-stop service from Los Angeles to Stockholm,” says Karl Wistrand, CEO of Swedavia.
41 percent are U.S. citizens
Taking a look at what categories of passenger fly between the US and Stockholm, half are Swedes, 41 percent are US citizens and the rest are other nationalities.
Swedavia is a state-owned group that owns, operates and develops ten airports across Sweden.
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Source: Swedavia; photo: Micke Bayart