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Huge princess portrait to adorn airport hotel

A new hotel at Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport plans to cover its exterior with permanent portraits of members of the Swedish Royal family.

Huge princess portrait to adorn airport hotel

The new ‘mega’ hotel, run by First Hotels, is set to open its doors in 2011.

Graphics for the hotel show the abstract profile of Crown Princess Victoria covering the entire side of the outer wall of the building.

A spokeswoman for the royal family would not comment on the plans when contacted by The Local on Friday.

Following models set by other international airport cities such as Amsterdam, Dallas and Barcelona, Arlanda Airport City aims to become an accommodation, business, retail and leisure hub year-round for travellers and tourists.

15 billion SEK ($20 million) is set to be invested at Arlanda over the next decade.

In addition to the ‘royal’ hotel, plans for the new Arlanda City include a congress centre, offices and business suites, a shopping districts, craft centre and a large open-air show house development called Villaexpo.

”Stockholm-Arlanda Airport is already the largest workplace in Sweden, and there is a need for further expansion of the airport,” said Mats Jämterud, CEO of Arlandastad Holding, which is developing the airport area.

More than 17.5 million passengers pass through Arlanda every year, with 2.6 million people living within one hour’s drive of the airport.

Transport links will be further strengthened with the planned development of a new junction off the E4 highway running directly through the city and designs for a new rail and bus platform.

With nearby Sigtuna council investing heavily in the project as well as heading the construction of an additional 2500 homes by 2012, hopes are high that Arlanda City will bring jobs and tourism into the area.

“Progress is always a good thing for tourism,” Ann-Charlotte Jönsson from the Stockholm Visitors Board told The Local.

“Investment brings attraction and attraction brings investment, so the Arlanda City development is a beneficial thing for the area,” she said.

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What’s the situation at Arlanda over the Ascension Day weekend? 

According to the airport operator Svedavia, the worst peak for the long weekend is probably over. “Today looks good with no long waiting time at Arlanda,” Ellen Laurin, the company’s press officer, told The Local on Friday. “Yesterday morning [Thusday], we had a morning peak before nine in the morning, and the rest of the day was OK.” 

According to Swedavia’s website, waiting times at security were less than five minutes on Friday morning.  

However, she warned that there could once again be big queues on Sunday when those who have travelled to Sweden over the long weekend make their way home. 

“Sunday is a big travel day when people will fly home again. There could be queues at peak times,” she said. “We recommend that passengers have a close contact with their airline for information about their flight. It is important to have extra time at the airport and to be prepared.  

READ ALSO: What’s behind the queues at Arlanda Airport? 

Which airports in other countries have problems? 

Arlanda is not the only airport facing problems due to delays staffing up again after the pandemic. On Friday morning, Twitter users were complaining of two-hour queues at the border control at Heathrow Airport in the UK, while at the UK’s Manchester Airport, passengers were reporting queues for security of up to two hours on Thursday. 

Dublin Airport is also facing regular two-hour queues at security. Amsterdam’s Schipol Airport had a 1km security queue on Thursday, pushing the Dutch airline KLM to cancel flights. 

Can I get compensation or insurance payments if I missed my flight due to the queues? 

The SAS airline has already underlined that it is their customers’ responsibility to make sure that they arrive at the airport in sufficiently good time to make their flight. 

“To be certain you can come with us, you should be in good time, and if you are in good time, you will manage to get your flight,” she told state broadcaster SR. “It is always the customer’s responsibility to be on your way as early as is necessary.”

People who miss flights are also likely to struggle to get payouts from travel insurance, warned Gabriella Hallberg, an expert on travel insurance at the Swedish Consumers’ Insurance Bureau. 

“If you’re at the airport and are hit by security controls that take a very long time, they consider that it is the consumer themselves who have not planned their journey,” she told SR

She said that it might be possible to find an insurance company that is willing to insure against flights missed due to security queues. 

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