2015-08-19, kl. 17:15
– Connectivity to the United States west coast is vital for business exchange between the countries. Today's announcement is very positive for Swedish competitiveness and it´s also a significant confirmation of the developments at Stockholm Arlanda Airport in order to become Scandinavia's leading airport, says Kjell-Åke Westin, Airport Director at Stockholm Arlanda Airport.
Since 2013, the growth of intercontinental direct routes at Stockholm Arlanda Airport has been very strong. With today's announcement from SAS, a total number of 13 routes have been added, which represents a growth of almost 70 percent.
Over a million passengers travel between Sweden and the US yearly. The growth of passenger volumes over the last year amounted to 36 percent. Including the new Los Angeles route, travellers flying from Stockholm can now choose from ten different direct connections to seven US destinations.
The first flight departs on March 14, 2016 and SAS will service the route seven days per week during the summer and five to six times per week during the winter. SAS is also expanding the number of departures from Stockholm to New York and Chicago.
As part of developing Scandinavia's leading airport, Swedavia will invest 13 billion SEK over the next three years to ensure and develop Sweden’s connectivity via Stockholm Arlanda Airport. In the first phase, until 2020, seven billion SEK will be invested in new terminal capacity adapted for larger aircraft models used for intercontinental flights.
In order to facilitate travels between the United States and Sweden, Stockholm Arlanda Airport has also been selected for US border control prior to departure, so-called US preclearance. Assuming approval from the Swedish and the United States authorities, US preclearance could be in operation in 2017.
Timetable Stockholm Arlanda - Los Angeles
Departure seven days a week from Stockholm Arlanda flight SK933 at 09.50 a.m., arrival in Los Angeles att 12.15 p.m.
Departure seven days a week from Los Angeles flight SK937 at 02.15 p.m., arrival at Stockholm Arlanda at 10.00 a.m.