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“New” Göteborg Landvetter Airport inaugurated

2013-02-19, kl. 16:00

The “new” Göteborg Landvetter Airport was officially inaugurated today. One thousand square metres of new space, a wider array of restaurants and shops, and a brand-new environment lift the airport’s departure hall to the highest international standards.

”Nya” Göteborg Landvetter Airport invigt

More than 200 guests were on hand to celebrate the official opening of Göteborg Landvetter’s new departure hall for international passengers. The airport director, Charlotte Ljunggren, and Swedavia’s president and CEO, Torborg Chetkovich, both gave speeches to representatives of the region’s business community and local government as well as all the companies at the airport.

“The new Göteborg Landvetter offers the highest international standards in its atmosphere, setting, customer service and commercial offering, and we hope that all travellers in western Sweden, indeed all Swedes, will feel proud to have Göteborg Landvetter as their airport,” says Charlotte Ljunggren.

The refurbishment of Göteborg Landvetter’s new international departure hall has been underway for about a year, and new businesses have gradually opened during that time. Now the extensive construction work is completed, and anyone who has not flown internationally in a while will enjoy a brand-new experience.

The rebuilding of the new international departure hall – along with the new security checkpoint, which was inaugurated a year ago – is the biggest change at the airport since it opened in 1977.

The departure hall has added 1,000 square metres of space, with a bright new shopping area that has an open layout for new and larger shops, while at the same time giving passengers an overview of the commercial services available as well as where their plane departs from.

International passengers can enjoy five restaurants/bars/cafés and eleven shops in the new departure hall.

“The emphasis in the refurbishment has been that it should be easy for passengers to find different products, restaurants and bars and also easy for them to get to their gate. Our aim is to deliver world-class service,” said Charlotte Ljunggren in her inaugural speech.

Another feature of the inauguration appreciated by those in attendance was the artist Carolina Falkholt, who put the finishing touch on a work of art she created on an eight-metre-long wall in the departure hall. The work is part of a collaborative effort being carried out during the year by Göteborg Landvetter Airport and the Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art.

"Along with a wonderful commercial offering, we want to give our passengers an enriching experience in other ways, including by working with what we call learning environments at the airport. Art is part of this, and we have a number of ideas in the works,” says Charlotte Ljunggren.

Facts

The following services are currently located in the departure hall at Göteborg Landvetter Airport:

  • Duty Free Store – with fragrances, cosmetics and skin care products from well-known brands as well as spirits and tobacco for passengers flying outside the EU.
  • Press Stop – 2,500 magazines and newspapers, with about 1,000 of these international. Also sweets, croissants, espresso, buns, non-prescription medicine and more.
  • Pocket Shop – the latest pocketbooks and new releases of classics in Swedish and English.
  • Espresso House – one of two cafés from this well-known coffee chain at the airport.
  • Airport Fashion – Men’s and women’s fashion from labels like Barbour, Morris, Tiger of Sweden, Odd Molly, Gant and Long Island.
  • Deli – a deli shop offering specialities from Sweden and the country’s west coast in particular.  Deli dishes also served.
  • Food Court – the food court concept includes four food areas: Deli, Street Food, Smörgås (for sandwiches) and Good to Go.
  • Episod Gift Shop – with a rich assortment from the most prominent Swedish glassworks. Also a large offering of toys and Swedish-made souvenirs.
  • O’Learys – the classic sports bar with US and Tex-Mex inspired food.
  • Joe & the Juice – the Danish juice bar chain is opening in conjunction with the inauguration. Juices made from fresh products are mixed quickly on site. Sandwiches and other refreshments also available.
  • Scrimshaw – classic bar food with a focus on the Swedish west coast.
  • Pressbyrån – the second smallest Pressbyrå kiosk in the country, providing passengers with everything they need as they head off on their journey.
  • Forex – currency exchange

A number of “pop-up stores” can also be found in the international departure hall for a limited time:

  • Universeum – The largest science centre in the Nordic countries shows what visitors might experience at the Korsvägen traffic hub in Gothenburg.
  • Design House Stockholm – a selection of the best that Scandinavian design has to offer.
  • Casino Cosmopol – a Casino night in Gothenburg – what would that be like? A taste of this is offered at the airport.

Facts: commercial offering

  • Number of square metres of commercial space for shops and restaurants in the new international departure hall: 2,832
  • Number of cups of coffee sold at Espresso House in the international departure hall each year 130,000
  • Number of fragrance and cosmetic brands for sale in the Duty Free Store: 85
  • Number of magazines and newspapers in the Press Stop shop: 2,500, with 1,000 of these international
  • Number of shrimp sandwiches sold each year: more than 60,000
  • Best selling products in the Duty Free Store, cosmetics/fragrances: Biotherm Lait Corporel
  • Most popular sweet in the Duty Free Store: Marabou chocolate bar, 250 grams
  • Most popular whisky in the Duty Free Store: Famous Grouse