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Air travel in Sweden drops amid surge of ‘flight shaming’

The number of passengers that flew through Swedish airports dropped 4 percent in 2019, Swedish state-owned airport operator Swedavia said on Friday, with the drop led by a decline in domestic traffic. The Swedish-born movement of “flight shaming”, which calls for curbs to air travel due to its environmental impact, has gained prominence over the past year and the aviation industry is watching closely travel trends in countries, such as Germany and Sweden, where the campaign has begun to have an impact. “We see a number of reasons concurring, such as the Swedish aviation tax, weak Swedish crown, softening economy worries. But also the climate debate,” Swedavia spokesman Robert Pletzin said. He added the drop followed a record ...