Stockholm airport set for expansion: report

Despite surviving under threat of closure for almost all of its 75 years, Bromma Airport in Stockholm could be set for a huge expansion in the next decade according to a report in Svenska Dagbladet.

Having recently staved off the latest political threat, a new agreement extending until 2038, sees the possibility of increasing passenger numbers and a better transport connection to a tram network. There is also talk of a new terminal at the airport.

Critical to this expansion was the resolution recently of a long running battle. The 18 year long dispute over the insulation of houses around the airport to comabt noise pollution will not be reviewed by the Supreme Court, so for now, the case is dropped. It is unlikely to go away however. The Red-Green coalition vowed to close down the airport if it was successful in the last election.

Despite ongoing concerns over its viability and the dispute over noise levels, the airport has been booming in recent years. Even during the height of the recession when air travel took a pounding, passenger numbers flying out of Bromma steadily rose and this year the figure is expected to pass 2.1 million, an increase of 56 percent since 2005.

“We are very pleased, the uncertainty about the process has been like a wet blanket over us. For the first time in a long time the airport can plan for a future. ” Said airport manager Kjell-Ake Westin.

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