Emirates launches Stockholm-Dubai flights

Emirates opened a direct route from Stockholm Arlanda Airport to Dubai on Thursday in the company of Sweden's Minister of Trade Ewa Björling.

Emirates launches Stockholm-Dubai flights

“Stockholm is an important city for Emirates,” the airline’s Senior Vice-President Hubert Frach said in a company statement.

“It is a centre for trade, industry and service in Scandinavia. With the annual growth of 3.5 percent which Stockholm is expected to have in the coming years, it is of crucial importance for Emirates to be on site.”

The inaugural flight was welcomed to Arlanda Airport by Ewa Björling, who was one of the party of Swedish ministers assigned to bid farewell to departing US president Barack Obama on Thursday.

“It is a great pleasure and honour to be here and inaugurate the first direct flight between Stockholm and Dubai with Emirates. This route will have significant importance for our bilateral trade and our cultural exchange,” Björling said.

Torborg Chetkovich, CEO of airport operator Swedavia, pointed out that trips between Stockholm and Dubai have increased by around 600 percent over the past ten years.

“We see huge opportunities for both trade and leisure travel,” he said.

The route will be plied by a Boeing 777 and the airline will operate a daily service.

Intercontinental routes from Stockholm are set to receive a further boost following the announcement by Norwegian this week that it plans to open new routes to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Orlanda in the spring 2014.

The airline has also previously announced the opening of a route from Stockholm to Fort Lauderdale in November.

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EXPLAINED: What can I do if I miss my flight due to Sweden’s airport chaos?

Stockholm Arlanda Airport is once again suffering hour-long queues for security due to a surge in travel and personnel shortages. What can you do if you miss your flight?

EXPLAINED: What can I do if I miss my flight due to Sweden's airport chaos?

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.