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Sweden to open ‘almost all’ airspace

Sweden is set to gradually open almost all of its airspace by 4pm on Wednesday, including Stockholm's three airports and one of Gothenburg's, the Swedish Civil Aviation Authority (Luftfartsverket - LFV) has confirmed.

Sweden to open 'almost all' airspace

“According to the forecast, most of Swedish airspace will be opened during the day (Wednesday),” LFV said in a statement.

Wednesday morning, Swedish airspace in the north was open, and LFV said Gothenburg and the entire south of the country, up to the regional Stockholm-Skavsta airport, 80 kilometres (50 miles) southeast of the Swedish capital, would be reopened to air traffic by 2pm.

The rest of Sweden, including the other Stockholm airports, in Bromma and the international Arlanda airport, were expected to open at 4pm, with only small pockets of airspace remaining closed to the west of the capital, it added.

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Trains stopped between Stockholm and Gothenburg

Trains between Stockholm and Gothenburg have been stopped and between Stockholm and Malmö severely disrupted due to a fire and several electrical faults.

Trains stopped between Stockholm and Gothenburg

“We have problems with all rail traffic south of Norrland,” Peter Jonsson, from the Swedish Transport Administration, told the country’s TT newswire. “The heat has of course had an impact, particularly when it concerns the fire, but we’re not otherwise speculating on the cause.” 

According to the agency, the issues are the result of four separate incidents, a fire south of Hallsberg, an overhead power contact line, which has snapped, and two electrical faults. 

Peter Krameus, a spokesperson for Sweden’s state-owned rail company SJ, said that all trains were being sent back to the stations from which they most recently departed until the faults could be corrected. 

While trains between Stockholm and Gothenburg have been stopped completely, trains between Stockholm and Malmö have been affected by two problems with overhead lines. Trains between Mjölby and Nässjö and Eslöv and Stehag are travelling onto on one of the two lines now. 

“That doesn’t mean that all traffic has stopped, but it’s going to mean cancelled trains and delayed departures,” Jonsson said. 

So far, 50 of SJ’s train departures have been cancelled as a result of the faults. 

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