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More people taking public transport to the airport – thanks to commuter rail service

2013-12-10, kl. 16:40

Today it is a year since commuter rail service to Stockholm Arlanda Airport was inaugurated. As a result of Stockholm Traffic’s trains to the airport, the number of people taking public transport there has risen. Now 52 per cent of passengers travel by train or bus to the airport, an increase of almost four percentage points in one year. That means the airport has achieved its target of having at least half of its passengers travel by public transport.

Swedavia’s aim is to continue reducing carbon dioxide emissions from the ten airports it owns and operates. The company’s objective is to have zero carbon dioxide emissions from its own operations by 2020. Another important challenge is to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from all road transport to and from Stockholm Arlanda. Swedavia has therefore set the target of having at least half of its passengers take public transport to the airport.

For almost ten years, Swedavia worked to introduce commuter rail service between Sweden’s capital and the country’s largest airport. Exactly one year ago, on December 10, 2012, commuter rail service to Arlanda Central Station was inaugurated.

Access via commuter rail service means that travel by public transport has increased. Today 52 per cent of Stockholm Arlanda’s passengers take public transport to and from the airport, an increase of almost four percentage points compared to the third quarter of 2012.

The number of passengers travelling via Arlanda Central Station in 2013 is projected to be about 1.7 million. The total number of passengers travelling by train to and from the airport is expected to be six million for the year.

“Naturally, we are very proud to have reached our target of having half of our passengers take public transport to the airport. This is a direct result of our high ambitions and our efforts. When there are more opportunities to take mass transit, the result is reduced carbon dioxide emissions, greater access and greater choice of transport mode for our passengers and our employees,” says Kjell-Åke Westin, airport director at Stockholm Arlanda Airport.

The number of passengers travelling to and from Stockholm Arlanda has increased for the fourth straight year and will soon reach the 20 million mark.

“This positive trend is gratifying for those of us who work at the airport and for Sweden as a whole. However, it is important that this is achieved in such a way that Swedavia meets its objectives in terms of satisfied customers, satisfied employees and a continued reduction in its negative impact on the environment,” Mr Westin adds. “The fact that we have achieved our objective of increasing the share of people who take mass transport to the airport shows that we have good potential to meet the growing demand for air travel that we foresee going forward.”