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Increase activities in Swedish airspace as air transport expansion increases unabated


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Saturday, 04 June 2011
Swedish air travel is waxing on pretty well at the moment and both the number of flights and passenger are increasing. For this reason, the Swedish LFV (Luftfartsverket), the organisation in charge of Swedish air traffic management is now reviewing up its forecast for this year.

“It is the underlying economic growth which is the main driver of course. Then you have an increased demand from both businesses and individuals to get to business relations and the different types of holidays. That is what is reflected in the confidence in air travel, "said Lars Ahlm, Analyst at LFV to radio Sweden.

During the first months of this year, traffic in Swedish air space increased dramatically. As such the LFV is writing up its forecast and expects the number of aircraft movements, ie take-offs, landings and overflights, in Swedish airspace to rise to about 680 000 this year. That is expected to be is an increase of 4.5 percent this year over previous forecast which was 2.7 percent.

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The Swedish transport Agency expects a passenger record at Swedish airports with 17.9 million passengers to move both was in Swedish airports, according to the Swedish daily, Svenska Dagbladet.

But there are challenges to overcome. More passengers do not necessarily mean greater profitability. The airlines have been forced to price pressures because of overcapacity in the market and SAS did such a loss of over half a billion Kronor in the first quarter of this year.

Also concerned about the economic crisis in southern Europe is worrying and the rising oil price has already had an impact on long-haul flights.

“There are some companies pulling out of some routes and destinations to and from Sweden, for example, long distances. And where the blame mainly lies is on oil price developments, "said Lars Ahlm to radio Sweden.

Therefore the fact that there are more passengers the number of movements is not in the same strong pace, partly because airlines on some routes are inserting larger plane to get more passengers. The LFV estimates that there'll be another few years before the planes reach the peak levels in 2008.

On the whole, according to Lars Ahlm, it would still be pretty good if this revision comes is realised. “We do not expect to pass the all-time high for the Swedish air space until 2014, as it stands right now, " he said.
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