On Monday, Infrastructure Minister Tomas Eneroth (S) visited Arlanda Airport to review an ongoing, huge investment programme. Currently there is an intensive investment race between Stockholm and Copenhagen airports.
“The forecast is that aviation is going to grow and we need to act, even if, of course, we are following everything that happens in the world. The aim is still to make Arlanda the leading Nordic airport. However, this does not necessarily mean the biggest, but a leader within service and the transformation to a fossil-free airport,” he tells DI.
The minister believes that Sweden has not done enough to prioritise its airports and compares it to Denmark, which has used its ownership of SAS to attract routes to Copenhagen’s airport, which has also continually modernised to strengthen Danish business and create jobs.
Despite this, an aviation tax was introduced last year, which was removed in the M-CD budget, but is returning in the spring. Eneroth does not believe, however, that an extra SEK 60 on a domestic flight will affect travellers’ choice of airport.
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