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Uppsala airport gets go ahead for low-cost flyers

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 19 Mar 2010, 15:41

Published: 19 Mar 2010 15:41 GMT+01:00

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Uppsala county came to the conclusion after a two year environmental review of the Armed Forces-owned airport's suitability to handle commercial flights.

"This is naturally a historic moment where we conclude that the conditions in place are in accordance with the operations that the company plans to conduct," Mattias Sjölund at Uppsala Airport AB said in a statement on Friday.

According to the county decision, dated March 17th, the airport is cleared to handle a maximum of 23,400 civil flight movements (take offs and landings) per annum. The airport is also licensed to handle a maximum of 4,300 military flight movements.

The board states that it has listened to broad criticism from local residents and environmental groups over the new commercial airport and the Armed Forces have been instructed to install noise mitigation barriers to protect the 60 homes affected in the vicinity.

The application to the county was submitted in 2008 by the Armed Forces who had the intention to sell part of the airport to Uppsala Airport AB in order to reduce their own costs for the use of Ärna.

Uppsala municipality voted to approve the application on May 25th 2009 by 44 votes to 37.

Friday's decision was taken by the Uppsala county Environmental Testing Delegation which is responsible for deciding on permits for environmentally hazardous activities. The decision can now be appealed to the government.

With the left-green opposition having stated that if in power they would reject the application, the outcome of the autumn general election will have a direct bearing on the future of commercial air traffic at Uppsala-Ärna.

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Uppsala Airport AB told local newspaper UNT.se that they hope to launch commercial flights in the spring of 2011 with possible destinations including Frankfurt, Paris and Spanish cities.

Ärna airport was founded in 1943 as a military airfield and is located 75 kilometres north of Stockholm and 40 kilometres north of the main Stockholm Arlanda airport.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

13:21 March 20, 2010 by NickM
This will be very effective at saving the environment won't it? What the world doesn't need is most low cost airlines. Proves just how "green" Sweden really is.
04:47 March 21, 2010 by albert1974
I like it!

Finally it will be possible for all students living in Uppsala to take advantage of low cost tickets without the hassle to commute to Skavsta! Quite often it is more expensive to buy the bus ticket to go there, than the airplane fare itself!
11:11 March 21, 2010 by Beavis
"What the world doesn't need is most low cost airlines."

Quite the opposite, what the world doesnt need is rip off carriers. Hows your "global warming" the last 3 months,oh its conviently been renamed to "climate change" as its was obviously nonsense...

This is great news, have looked at the airports website and they seem a far class act compared to Skavsta, looking forward to flying from there :)
11:36 March 22, 2010 by Puffin
Mays a lot of sense to have access to a low cost airport and airlines with good access to one of the biggest student towns and Sweden's capital city.
12:07 March 22, 2010 by Rutkowski
We already have access to a lot of airports nearby and support for the airport is nearly non-existant, especially amongst students here. The only ones that want this airport are the rich and the politicians and I really hope it'll become an electoral focus because then the right-wing local gov will be thrown out on their individual butts.
12:41 March 22, 2010 by Beavis
@Rutkowski ..lol.. "The only ones that want this airport are the rich and the politicians" Just a note, these are the very people who dont fly low-cost airlines! So they are the ones who will want it least!

Support for the airport is HUGE. For Uppsala country and north Stockholm its ideal as opposed to Skavsta.

Even from an environmental point of view its better than Skavsta, the busses only travel half the distances to get ther eand there is also a train link.

Its also going to give lots of job opportunities for the very students your saying dont want it!
21:24 March 22, 2010 by Seltue12
Rutkowski,,,do have a very important point. The only ones that want this airport are indeed the rich and the politicians. I am from the states and been studying at Uppsala University since 2008 and I don't see us having problem. The train and the buses here are great and indeed there are airports nearby. Warch my word most students won't even use the airport.
01:06 March 23, 2010 by Beavis
@Seltue12 What dont you get about "low-cost" airlines?? (eg Ryan,Wizz air).. neither the rich nor politions use then, thats a fact!

It may be of no use to you, but what about the students (and other people) who would like to trvel within Europe??

The only airportd nearby are Arlanda, which only has a limited low cost model from Norwegin due to high -cost airlines taking most of the slots (with the exception of Norwegian)
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