Kiruna’s airspace is attractive

Kiruna Airport, situated far north of the polar circle, is Sweden’s northernmost airport.

The airport’s location in northern Sweden means that there is ample free airspace around the airport, which is greatly appreciated by both companies and researchers that come to Kiruna to conduct research and test products in the extreme climate there. For instance, NASA, the US space agency, has conducted ozone research many times in the town. Boeing and Airbus have cold-tested their aircraft while the Met Office, the UK’s national weather service, has conducted research there.

An important part of the town

Kiruna Airport was inaugurated in 1960. The town’s geographical location means that residents and businesses are dependent on good transport, which is where the airport enters the picture. In recent years, the airport has become increasingly important given the increase in business development, tourism and research facilities in the area. Mining operations, space research, magnificent nature, the northern lights and perhaps above all the Icehotel attract people from all around the world.

Facts about the airport

Inaugurated in
1960

Number of passengers 2018
276,516

Number of destinations
4

Terminal floor space
2,500 square metres

Size of runway
2,500 metres x 45 metres

Total number of employees at the airport
100

Number of companies at the airport
40

Travel time to the centre
10 minutes