The number of people flying in Sweden dropped by 4 per cent last year, suggesting that the home-grown “flight shame” movement is starting to have an impact. Official statistics from Sweden’s airport operator, Swedavia, show that more than 40 million people flew through the country’s 10 airports in 2019, a 4 per cent drop year on year. In 2018, a record high of more than 42 million people flew through Swedish airports. The decrease in 2019 was primarily in domestic travel, said Swedavia, and international travel decreased to a lesser extent. In 2019, 12.4 million domestic passengers flew through Sweden, a 9 per cent year on year drop. The Swedish concept of flygskam, which translates as “flight shame”, is an anti-flying movement that originated in Sweden in 2018. It encourages people to stop taking flights to lower carbon emissions.
- Independent -