LFV: Decline in air traffic in 2019

In 2019 air traffic in Swedish airspace declined for the first time since 2012. The number of aircraft movements was 774,000.

“There may be several concurrent explanations for this reduction in traffic, including an economic slowdown, the weak Swedish crown, and environmental and sustainability issues,” says Ann Persson Grivas, Director General of LFV.

LFV had a turnover of SEK 3.1 billion in 2019, and the result after financial items was SEK -40 million.
Over the past five years, LFV has gradually reduced the charges that airlines pay for air traffic control services. In 2015 the charge per flown route was 66 euros, and by 2019 it had been reduced to 51 euros, meaning that Sweden has the fifth-lowest charges in Western Europe.
“Over the last few years we have maintained a continuous focus on increasing efficiency,” says Ann Persson Grivas.

In 2015 the government instructed LFV and other monitoring authorities, along with regions and municipalities, to resume total defence planning.
“LFV is working long-term for a resumed and enhanced total defence capability. LFV’s mission to provide safe and efficient air traffic control services applies under all contingencies. This is a priority for LFV and very important for Sweden,” says Ann Persson Grivas.

For further information please contact LFV’s press service on tel. 011-19 20 50.

LFV is Sweden’s leading provider of air traffic control and associated services for civil and military aviation. Every day our air traffic controllers manage around 2,000 aircraft within Swedish airspace. LFV pioneered remote air traffic control and is a driver of digitisation in several areas. By participating in various collaboration projects we help make the use of European airspace more efficient.

Facts about LFV
•    LFV is the air traffic controller at 17 airports/air bases and operates two air traffic control centres in Sweden.
•    LFV has more than 70 years’ experience and knowledge of air traffic control services and aviation safety.
•    40 years’ experience of integrating civil and military air traffic control services.
•    LFV is a state-owned enterprise.
•    774,000 aircraft movements in Swedish airspace in 2019. 
•    99.9 per cent punctuality.
•    100 per cent achieved aviation safety goals.
•    The remote air traffic control centre in Sundsvall, RTC Sundsvall, is operated since 2019 by Saab Digital Air Traffic Solutions, SDATS, a company jointly owned by Saab and LFV.
•    LFV has 1,100 employees and had a turnover of SEK 3.1 billion in 2019.
•    Monitoring authorities are responsible for preparing and organising total defence operations in consultation with the Swedish Armed Forces and the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency.
 

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There may be several concurrent explanations for this reduction in traffic, including an economic slowdown, the weak Swedish crown, and environmental and sustainability issues.
Ann Persson Grivas, Director General LFV.