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Stockholm’s airport opens new terminal to cut crowding

The fourth terminal at Stockholm’s Arlanda airport reopened on Wednesday morning, in the hope of reducing the queues that have plagued travellers since May.

Stockholm's airport opens new terminal to cut crowding
Passengers queue at Terminal 5 in Stockholm's Arlanda Airport on Tuesday. Photo: TT

In a press release announcing the reopening, Swedavia, the airport’s operator, said that it had altered the terminal, which was formerly only used for domestic flights, so that it could be used to reduce the pressure on Terminal 5, which has seen the worst crowding. 

“It is not the same terminal that is opening, but rather a new version with the terminal’s gate area more closely integrated with the other gate areas in Terminal 5,” it said. “A new connecting walkway with a travellator has been built, which gives passengers the possibility of moving freely between Terminals 4 and 5 after the security checkpoint.” 

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All passengers with the budget airline Ryanair will now check in, leave their baggage and go through security at the newly opened fourth terminal, whether they are flying domestically within Sweden or internationally. 

Passengers flying with any airline who have checked in and are travelling only with hand baggage will also be able to go through the security checkpoint at Terminal 4 to reach their flight, even if it departs from Terminal 5. 

In addition, some international flights will now arrive at Terminal 4, with passengers then directed to the connecting walkway to get to customs, and then pick up their baggage at Terminal 5. 

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On Wednesday morning, there was still quite a lot of crowding despite the increased space for passengers, said Peter Wärring, the state-owned company’s press spokesperson.

“There’s still a lot of people travelling and you can feel it, it’s rammed this morning,” he told TT. “The queues to security control are around 45 to 60 minutes long just now, but we expect it to drop off a little around lunch, just like it did yesterday.”

According to the press release, the reopening is expected to “ease the pressure” at check-in counters in Terminal 5 and lead to “better flows and access to more check-in counters” for the airlines located there. 

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Scandinavian airline SAS plans to launch electric planes in 2028 

Despite a number of economic challenges, airline SAS has announced an agreement with a Swedish company that will enable it to purchase electric aircraft and add them to its fleet. 

Scandinavian airline SAS plans to launch electric planes in 2028 

SAS has signed an agreement with Swedish company Heart Aerospace that could see it operating electric planes from 2028, the airline said in a press statement.

The model of plane that SAS would purchase from Heart Aerospace seats 30 passengers and has a range of 200 kilometers, SAS wrote.

“Along with the entire industry, we are responsible for making air travel more sustainable,” CEO of SAS Anko van der Werff said in the statement.

“SAS is dedicated to transforming air travel so future generations can continue to connect the world and enjoy the benefits of travel – but with a more sustainable footprint,” he said.

The aircraft will be installed with a hybrid system enabling them to double their range, SAS wrote.

“This has the potential to be a significant step on SAS’ sustainability journey, enabling zero-emission flights on routes within Scandinavia,” the press release stated. 

SAS has previously been involved in the development of another electric aircraft, the ES-30, which it partnered with Heart Aerospace on in 2019.

“The electric airplane will be a good supplement to our existing fleet, serving shorter routes in Denmark, Norway and Sweden in a more sustainable way,” van der Werff said.

READ MORE: SAS cancels 1,700 flights in September and October 

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