A while ago, Swedish Customs gave Göteborg Landvetter Airport the green light on something that has long been on the airport’s wish list – the possibility of mixing domestic and international passengers in the same premises once they go through security screening. Preparations are under way, and integration will take place after the Midsummer holiday.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for all passengers to get as good a start to their trip as possible. Now everyone can take advantage of our extensive offering of shopping, food and experiences no matter where they fly,” says Charlotte Ljunggren, airport director at Göteborg Landvetter Airport.
In addition to a wider offering for all passengers, opening up between the domestic and international halls also has other advantages. It will allow better use of all existing gates in the terminal, so that international flights can also park at gates currently reserved for domestic flights. That means fewer passengers will need to be bussed to and from the terminal.
The change also means that it will be possible to fly from another airport in Sweden and then continue on an international flight from Göteborg Landvetter without having to go through another security checkpoint.
There will still be two security checkpoints for departing passengers, currently a domestic checkpoint and a larger one for international passengers. However, after Midsummer, all arriving passengers will pass through the arrival hall currently intended for international passengers. That means domestic passengers will also go through Swedish Customs.
“One result of integrating passenger flows could be that we will stop a domestic passenger for a customs check. In most cases, the check will immediately be stopped, as soon as it is clear the person in question is an arriving domestic passenger. But since domestic passengers will now be mixed with those arriving from places abroad, we are legally entitled to stop them,” says Tony Magnusson, director of operations for Swedish Customs’ crime prevention programme in western Sweden.
“We work in different ways to enhance the passenger experience. The fact that we can now open up the area for domestic and international passengers is another important step in this work. The airport and the entire region are growing, and 2013 was a record year with more than five million passengers. This allows us to run a more efficient airport and prepare for our future development,” Ms Ljunggren notes.