“Car pooling” experiment at Swedish airports

Swedavia and Sunfleet launch test at Stockholm, Göteborg, Malmö

Airport operator Swedavia and Swedish “car pooling” company Sunfleet are launching a partnership at the country’s biggest airports, namely Stockholm Arlanda, Göteborg Landvetter and Malmö. Air passengers who are members of Sweden’s largest car pool can now combine car and air travel.

Car pooling means that people can book their car by clicking on a few buttons in an app. No keys are necessary when they pick up the car, which can be opened using an app in their mobile phone or a smartcard.

“Car sharing via a car pool is big in Europe and will also be really big at our Swedish airports,” said Birgitta Moreillon, product manager for airport parking at Swedavia. “Many people need access to a car for a few hours when they land at a destination, so a car pool, where users pay by the hour, is a really good and environmentally sustainable travel option.”

Sunfleet is the biggest car pool in Sweden, with more than 1,000 cars at over 350 car pool locations in some 40 cities and towns. The number of members stands at just over 31,000 and is growing by about 20% a year.

“We already have locations near the main train stations in Sweden,” says Peter Algurén, Sunfleet’s chief executive. “The fact that we can now have our car pool operations at airports is an important component in our being able to offer a comprehensive travel solution. This gives further incentive for people to start car pooling.”

Sunfleet will initially keep four Volvo cars at Stockholm Arlanda, two at Göteborg Landvetter and two at Malmö. All cars are classified as “green” or environmentally friendly. Sunfleet already operates at Visby Airport. The aim now is to expand this partnership to more airports.

TTG Nordic

[photo courtesy Swedavia]

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