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Stockholm Arlanda airport sees 10,000 delayed flights this summer

As many as 10,000 departures from Stockholm’s Arlanda airport have been delayed so far this summer, according to new data.

Stockholm Arlanda airport sees 10,000 delayed flights this summer
The departures board at Arlanda airport during a SAS pilots' strike earlier this month. Photo: Ali Lorestani/TT

Arlanda, which is run by state-owned operator Swedavia, has seen extensive queuing and delays throughout the summer.

Staff shortages and a major pilots’ strike by Scandinavian airline SAS, resolved earlier this month, are among major factors to have caused disruption at Arlanda.

The 10,000 cancellations were described as a “weak number” by Norwegian aviation expert Hans Jørgen Elnäs in comments to Sveriges Radio’s news programme Ekot, which reported the figure.

New statistics from Eurocontrol, the European organisation which controls Europe’s air space, show that four in ten flights out of Arlanda in June and July were either delayed or cancelled, news wire TT reports.

That represents a total of more than 10,000 flights.

“This is not a good number, but Arlanda does have some excuse in the form of the airport being affected by other airlines also having delays [elsewhere] in Europe. But overall, it’s a weak number from Arlanda,” Elnäs told Sveriges Radio.

The data also show that 35 percent of flights were at least 15 minutes late in June, with 6 percent cancelled. Those numbers were higher still in July, TT writes.

A good figure for delays would be around 90 percent punctuality and 10 percent delayed, according to Elnäs.

Delays at airports across Europe are closely connected to the poor record at Arlanda over the summer, Swedavia head of media communications Robert Pletzin told TT in a written comment.

“This year we have had an extra impact on and increase in delays from the many airports which have had challenges with staff shortages and other disruptions,” Pletzin said.

“The most common cause of delays at Arlanda is indeed delays resultant from late incoming flights which in turn lead to delays for departing flights,” he said.

Comparable figures for delays can be seen at major airports in Norway and Denmark.

In the rest of Europe, average delays in June were just over 24 minutes according to Eurocontrol. Closed airspace over Russia and Belarus, air traffic control strikes in France and weather-related problems including thunderstorms in Germany were among factors causing delays, the organisation said.

READ ALSO: Airport chaos in Europe: Airlines cancel 15,000 flights in August

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Sweden sees continued train delays following weekend storms

Train travel is still disrupted in some parts of Sweden following the storms which passed over the country during the weekend.

Sweden sees continued train delays following weekend storms
In Töreboda, Western Götland, repair work is still ongoing after a roof blown away in the storms pulled down an overhead line, leading to delays of between 15 to 20 minutes on the Gothenburg to Stockholm line, as well as delaying local train lines in the area.
One of the three tracks on the route has been open since Sunday night.
“But one stretch of track is running on reduced speeds of 70 kilometres an hour to protect those working nearby,” said Emanuel Alvarez, press information officer at the Swedish Transport Administration.
All tracks are expected to be back in use early on Wednesday morning.
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