The new airport now has dates for the first flights, likely to be carrying keen skiers heading to Sweden’s Sälen and Norway’s Trysil.
The Swedish airline BRA says it will be first to launch flights to the new Sälen Trysil, or Scandinavian Mountains Airport, from five destinations.
Privately owned by 33 companies, the airport is situated near the border with Norway and is the first to be built in Sweden for 20 years. It is expected to open in December, and the first commercial flight will land on December 22, a BRA flight from Malmö to arrive at 08:45.
Besides Malmö, the Swedish domestic carrier will connect Sälen Trysil with Stockholm Bromma, Gothenburg, Ängelholm, and Växjö, until the end of March, using its fleet of ATR72s.
Flights have been scheduled from Gothenburg, for example, once a week from January 26 until the end of March, according to the airport operator Swedavia.
The new airport will serve Sweden’s largest ski resorts in Sälen and Norway’s just over the border at Trysil.
Sälenbuss bus services will ferry winter sports lovers to and from ski resorts such as Hundfjället (10 minutes away), Tandådalen, Högfjället, Lindvallen, Trysil (40 minutes away), Stöten and Kläppen.
Destinasjon Trysil’s general manager, Gudrun Sanaker Lohne, commented: “We’ve been waiting for this for a long time and finally the first flights are ready. The new airport will make it easier for guests to come to Trysil. Now our guests can visit us more often in a faster and more efficient way.”
More than 70% of Trysil’s winter guests come from countries beyond the borders of Norway, the general manager said, adding that with the opening of the new airport 200 million people will have a travel time to the Trysil region of within four hours.
“Scandinavian Mountains Airport puts Trysil on the travel map in a completely different way. It gives confidence for the future,” Sanaker Lohne said.
Trysil’s tourism players say they will invest NOK 3.7 billion (€380 million) towards 2030 to develop their destination for the future, providing a basis for growing capacity and improving experiences and quality.
The IATA code is also now in place for Scandinavian Mountain Airport, SCR.
“We are very pleased that IATA has now released our airport code, which means that the airlines can organise their routes before the coming winter season,” explained Brett Weihart, the new airport’s chief executive.
“When the process surrounding the approval of the Swedish Transport Agency is also in full swing, we will focus on the opening at the end of the year.”
Ulrika Matsgård, commercial director of BRA, added: “Being first out as an airline to a brand new and unique airport like the one in Sälen Trysil is really exciting and I hope many will see the benefits of flying, climate compensated, direct to the ski slopes instead of hours by car.”