Today SAS announced one more long distance service from Stockholm Arlanda Airport. Beginning on March 14, SAS will start flying non-stop between Stockholm and Los Angeles. The announcement means that Stockholm Arlanda Airport has received thirteen new intercontinental routes since 2013.
- Connectivity to the United States west coast is vital for business exchange between the countries. Today's announcement is very positive for Swedish competitiveness and it´s also a significant confirmation of the developments at Stockholm Arlanda Airport in order to become Scandinavia's leading airport, says Torborg Chetkovich, group CEO of Swedavia.
Since 2013, the growth of intercontinental direct routes at Stockholm Arlanda Airport has been very strong. With today's announcement from SAS, a total number of 13 routes have been added, which represents a growth of almost 70 percent.
Over a million passengers travel between Sweden and the United States annually. The growth of passenger volumes over the last year amounted to 36 percent. Including the new Los Angeles route, travellers flying from Stockholm can now choose from ten different direct connections to seven destinations in the United States.
SAS will service the route seven days per week during the summer and five to six times during the winter program.
As part of developing Scandinavia's leading airport, Swedavia will invest 13 billion SEK over the next three years to ensure and develop Sweden’s connectivity via Stockholm Arlanda Airport. In the first phase, until year 2020, seven billion SEK will be invested in new terminal capacity adapted for larger aircraft models used for intercontinental flights. In order to facilitate travelling between the United States and Sweden, Stockholm Arlanda Airport has also been selected for US border control prior to departure, so-called US preclearance. Assuming approval from the Swedish and the United States authorities, US preclearance could be in operation in 2017.
Swedavia is a State-owned group that owns, operates and develops ten airports acrossSweden. Swedavia also ownsGöteborg City Airport and is a minority owner in the company that operates the airport. Our role is to create the access Sweden needs to facilitate travel, business and meetings – inSweden, in Europe and around the world. Safe, satisfied passengers are the foundation of our business. Swedavia is a world leader in developing airports with the least possible environmental impact. The Group has revenue of almost 5.5 billion Swedish kronor and some 2,500 employees.