Sweden is Scandinavia’s largest air cargo market with some 400,000 tonnes in annual air cargo. The fact that Sweden is such a large air cargo market is linked to the strong Swedish export industry.
Today, approximately 50 per cent of Sweden’s GNP is linked to export – a figure that is nearly double that of the global average.
Some 40–50 per cent of this air cargo tonnage enters and leaves the country using lorries driving to and from airports in Europe where the goods connect to their flight. This gives rise to opportunities for the development of air cargo at Swedavia’s airports since these volumes currently cannot fly direct from Sweden due to a limited choice of routes.
The Swedavia airports that today have a comprehensive air cargo operation are Stockholm Arlanda Airport, Göteborg Landvetter Airport and Malmö Airport. Heavy cargo flights demand security approved cargo terminal operators, special loading and unloading equipment, and a runway system and parking stands with the capacity to take larger cargo aircraft. This limits operation at only a few airports. Luleå Airport also has capacity but no air cargo currently..
At Swedavia’s airports there are today a relatively large amount of air cargo businesses in operation, including Asiana, Emirates, Korean Air, Cathay Pacific, Turkish Airlines, UPS, DHL, TNT and FedEx.
Swedavia’s airports compete with the world around to attract air traffic capacity in the form of new cargo routes. This means that there is no automatic system which makes the relatively strong air cargo market result in new air cargo operators establishing their business at Swedavia’s airports. There is therefore a function within the aviation market department that specifically works with attracting new cargo airlines to the airports.
Air cargo users
Swedavia is not involved in air cargo transportation but instead owns and runs the airports. The activity within air cargo confines itself to working with route development and providing a well-functioning infrastructure. For specific questions regarding air cargo shipments, contact the flight forwarder or alternatively the cargo terminal at the airport of interest to you.