Most flights ‘leaving Sweden as normal’

Sweden’s airports were back to business on Friday with flights to London and the United States facing a few delays but no planned cancellations. Flights from London’s Heathrow were facing up to two hours delay, said Erik Söderberg, spokesman at the Swedish Civil Aviation Authority, to The Local on Friday.

“There have been small delays this morning, Söderberg said.

“The best advice to passengers is to try and get to the airport in as good time as possible.”

He said Thursday’s bomb threat would not damage Swedes’ confidence in flying.

The Aviation Authority said in a statement on Thursday that there was “nothing that indicates an increased threat to flights from Sweden for the time being, but we are monitoring the situation carefully”.

The organization said it was in close touch with the National Police Board and Säpo, Sweden’s security service.

“We are also in contact with the appropriate authorities in other European countries, to get the clearest possible picture of the situation.”

SAS is not expecting any cancellations, but said some delays are could occur.

It looks quite good today,” said Ulrika Fager, SAS spokeswoman, to The Local on Friday.

“We have five flights heading to Heathrow today. We expect small problems and delays, but no cancellations. If travellers are flying to the U.S., they need to make sure they are following the new restrictions and arrive in a good time.”

She said all passengers flying to the United States are prohibited from taking any liquids or jellies on aircraft.

Fager said some 700 passengers were stranded in England on Thursday, but said SAS is trying to get them home as soon as possible. She said they should keep receipts and check travel insurance for reimbursements.

“We’re helping them to rebook, and those passengers whose flights have been cancelled and choose not to rebook will get their money back.”

“All passengers who have Scandinavian Airlines tickets to London until this Sunday, 13th August, will be able to change their reservations to any other SAS flight in the next three months,” she said. The airline would also try to help passengers due to make connections in London, she added.

British Airways and Continental were planning on running their routes as normal on Friday, except a few BA long-haul flights from London to the U.S.

Reports say liquid explosives were to have been set off by a small electronic device that would have destroyed up to 10 U.S.-bound planes from London.

Some 24 British citizens were arrested on Thursday for constructing a plot to commit “mass murder on an unimaginable scale.”

The Bank of England froze the assets of 19 people early on Friday. The youngest person was 17, the oldest 35, The Associated Press reported.

According to reports, police are still hunting for a handful of conspirators involved with Thursday’s plot.