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A growing Stockholm Arlanda awaits decision

2014-11-06, kl. 16:50

The number of passengers at Stockholm Arlanda Airport increased seven per cent in October. International traffic was up nine per cent, and so far this year the number of international passengers is up a full 11 per cent. The question is whether Stockholm Arlanda will be able to handle the growing demand for rapid transport to and from the country after January 1, 2018. A new decision concerning Stockholm Arlanda’s environmental permit is expected on November 21.

Passenger volume continues to grow at Stockholm Arlanda Airport. During October, 2,032,928 passengers flew to or from the airport, an increase of seven per cent compared to October last year.  International traffic was up nine per cent to 1,540,576 passengers while domestic traffic was up a more modest two per cent to 492,352 passengers.

“The large growth in the number of international passengers makes the expansion of Terminal 5 increasingly necessary. We have hit the ceiling capacity-wise in terms of terminal areas, passenger space and gates for aircraft. An expanded baggage handling facility for departing baggage will be ready in early 2015, and the new multi-storey parking structure, with an additional 350 spaces, will be completed this year. And in 2017 we plan to begin construction on the new pier in Terminal 5, with more room for larger aircraft and more space for shops and restaurants,” says Kjell-Åke Westin, airport director at Stockholm Arlanda Airport.

During the period 2014 to 2043, it is estimated that capital spending for the expansion and development of Stockholm Arlanda will total just over 13 billion Swedish kronor, with 7 billion of this invested in Terminal 5. By 2050, Stockholm Arlanda will be able to handle about 40 million passengers a year and have some 50,000 workplaces compared to the almost 20,000 at present.

But there are dark clouds on the horizon regarding the airport’s environmental permit. Swedavia has appealed the condition which may entail a ban on approaches over the densely populated area of Upplands Väsby as of January 1, 2018. A number of conditions concerning noise have also been negotiated with the Land and Environmental Court. A new decision is expected on November 21.

“Based on the current traffic situation, a ban on landings on Runway 3 would mean Stockholm Arlanda’s capacity would be reduced by almost 40 per cent in peak traffic. Our aim is in fact to develop the airport and strengthen air links with the rest of the world with more non-stop routes, and that means the consequences could probably be even greater,” Mr Westin notes.