LFV: record number of aircraft movements in 2017

Never before have there been as many flights through Swedish airspace as in 2017. LFV’s statistics for last year show a five per cent increase in traffic compared with 2016, up to 762,000 aircraft movements. “Sweden’s economy is strong, and this is reflected in aviation, especially internationally. Sweden is also becoming increasingly attractive as a tourist destination,” says LFV’s Director General Ann Persson Grivas. September saw the most intensive traffic of the year with over 70,000 movements, while January had the lowest number of movements at some 55,000. This means that 2017 followed the normal traffic pattern during the year. Of the three traffic categories – overflying (no take-off or landing in Sweden), international and domestic – it was overflying that showed the greatest increase at just over six per cent. International increased by almost six per cent, while the increase for domestic flights was less – barely one per cent. “The increase in traffic means that LFV has a great responsibility to control air traffic so as to have the smallest possible impact on the environment. We do this by establishing straight flight paths, approach and outgoing flight paths that are as short as possible and by training our air traffic controllers in eco driving,” says Ann Persson Grivas. With a five per cent increase in traffic, Sweden is somewhat above the European level, which is estimated at just over four per cent. The forecast for 2018 is a more moderate increase. For more information, telephone LFV’s press service on +46 (11)19 20 50. LFV is Sweden’s leading air navigation service provider with associated civil and military aviation services. LFV is also involved in developing the European airspace via joint collaboration in various forms. LFV has extensive experience with offering airline consultancy services in the international market within the air transport sector. With a focus on research and development, LFV offers smart solutions for the flights of the future. LFV is the first in the world with remote air traffic control, a brand-new way of managing air traffic, which has attracted significant attention globally. LFV has 1,100 employees and annual sales of SEK 3.4 billion. Facts about LFV

  • LFV is the air traffic controller at 20 airports, from three air traffic control centres in Sweden.
  • LFV has over 70 years of experience and knowledge with air traffic navigation services and aviation security.  30 years of experience with business transactions in over 50 countries.
  • LFV is a state-owned enterprise.
  • 762,000 flight movements in Swedish airspace 2017.
  • 99.9 percent punctuality.
  • 100 percent of flight safety goals achieved.