Göteborg Landvetter turns 40 – we dive deep into the archives

On October 3, 1977, the very first aircraft took off from Göteborg Landvetter Airport. We dive deep into the archives and recall 40 years of aviation history.

Construction began on Göteborg Landvetter Airport in 1972, and the completed airport was inaugurated on October 1, 1977. His Majesty Carl XVI Gustaf officiated at the ceremony.

The reason the airport is named Göteborg Landvetter, despite being located in the Municipality of Härryda, is that the name of the neighbouring parish, Landvetter, was considered easier to pronounce.

Two days later, on October 3, air traffic was launched. The first aircraft to land was Scandinavian Airlines (SAS)'s DC-9-41 Are Viking. The plane then continued on to Stockholm.

All in all, some 60 aircraft landed and took off from Göteborg Landvetter on its first day. The terminal was then built to handle about 3,500,000 passengers. The same day, Torslanda Airport was closed after 54 years of operations.