€1.5 billion plan to ensure Swedish air travel connections
Airport operator Swedavia says it has determined the direction of Stockholm Arlanda Airport’s continued development at a comprehensive level over the next 30 years.
A “historical” new development plan has been adopted that includes measures to expand capacity, boost efficiency and heighten the experience for passengers at the airport.
Fully implemented, the plan includes SEK 13 billion (€1.5 billion) in capital spending. The first step has already been taken – the inauguration of the new Terminal 2 in 2013.
“Stockholm Arlanda Airport plays a key role in enabling Sweden to realise opportunities for national and international exchanges,” Torborg Chetkovich, Swedavia’s chief executive, said. “With this investment, we are enhancing not just the airport’s competitiveness but also the potential for continued growth in Sweden.”
Record passenger growth has characterised the last three years, and today almost 21 million people fly annually via the airport. Passenger volumes increased by over one million in 2013. In 2040, it is expected to climb to almost 35 million, according to Swedavia, corresponding to an average annual increase of about 2%.
The long-term plan is divided into phases, with the first running for ten years. It includes a new pier in Terminal 5 designed to handle larger aircraft for long-haul destinations, an expanded security checkpoint and commercial space in the same terminal, parking spaces close to the terminal and a new “environmentally sustainable operations area”.
In all, capital spending for terminal development for the period 2014-2043 is estimated to be about SEK 13 billion, with just under SEK 7 billion of this allocated for the first phase.
In addition to the development at the airport, the environment in the vicinity will also undergo change. Following the inauguration of Clarion Hotel Arlanda Airport in December 2012, new office buildings will take shape in the area adjacent to the airport, creating “a dynamic cityscape”, Swedavia says. The next step in this development phase is Sky City Office One, a planned office complex with 15,000 square metres of space to be located next to the airport.
[photo: Swedavia/Daniel Asplund]