Country Touts Environmental Aspects Of Stockholm Airport
Sweden's first "airport city," the state-of-the-art Stockholm
Airport City, is currently being built in the Stockholm region. The
supersized airport project includes a 650-room hotel, meeting
center, and offices.
Stockholm-Arlanda Airport is Sweden's largest international
airport, and serves 18 million passengers every year. It is
Sweden's most important portal to the world and serves as a hub for
the entire Nordic and Baltic Region.
The airport is expanding quickly, and Stockholm Airport City
aims to further increase the opportunity to hold conferences and
events in Sweden and Scandinavia.
During the coming decade, some EUR1.46 billion is being invested
in the project by LFV/Stockholm-Arlanda Airport, Arlandastad
Holding, and the municipality of Sigtuna, according to the
Stockholm Visitors Board.
"It is natural to continue to create opportunities for
travellers, companies and visitors, connected to the airport.
Stockholm Airport City will become an important part of the dynamic
centre that stretches out from Stockholm-Arlanda Airport," says
Lars Rekke, director general of the LFV Group - Swedish Airports
and Air Navigation Services, one of the project investors.
Inspired by similar "airport cities" in Amsterdam, Dallas and
Hong Kong, Stockholm Airport City will also incorporate an
apartment hotel, a meeting center catering for 1,500 people,
extensive office space, a craft center and housing expo.
"Stockholm-Arlanda Airport is already one of Sweden's largest
workplaces, and there is a need for further expansion of the
airport," says Mats Jämterud, CEO of Arlandastad Holding.
Some 50,000 people will work at Stockholm Airport City when it
is completed in 10-15 years. The area will include a 650-room
hotel, which will feature permanent portraits of the Swedish
Royals, including Crown Princess Victoria, on its façade.
Run by First Hotels, the hotel will open in 2011.
Stockholm Airport City will be centrally located with the air
traffic control tower as a focal point. An environmental focus will
seep through the entire project, which is using existing
infrastructure such as operations, road networks, and established
public transport and supply systems as far as possible.
Peter Lindqvist, CEO of the Stockholm Visitors Board, concludes:
"This project will put Stockholm and Sweden even more on the
international map. Visitors to Stockholm will be met by a
cosmopolitan gateway showing off what we can offer as a city."