Stockholm Arlanda Airport

Stockholm Arlanda Airport
Stockholm-Arlanda flygplats
Airport type Public
Operator Swedavia
Serves Stockholm and Uppsala
Location Sigtuna Municipality, Sweden
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 137 ft / 42 m
Coordinates 59°39′07″N 017°55′07″E / 59.65194°N 17.91861°E / 59.65194; 17.91861Coordinates: 59°39′07″N 017°55′07″E / 59.65194°N 17.91861°E / 59.65194; 17.91861

Location within Stockholm County

Direction Length Surface
m ft
01L/19R 3,301 10,830 Asphalt
01R/19L 2,500 8,202 Asphalt
08/26 2,500 8,202 Asphalt
Statistics (2015)
Passengers 23,173,457
Passenger change 14–15 Increase3.2%
Aircraft movements 216,685
Movements change 14–15 Decrease1.0%
Sources: Swedish AIP at LFVAIP[1]
Passenger Traffic, ACI Europe[2]

Stockholm Arlanda Airport (IATA: ARN, ICAO: ESSA), is an international airport located in the Sigtuna Municipality of Sweden, near the town of Märsta, 37 kilometres (23 mi) north[1] of Stockholm and nearly 40 kilometres (25 mi) south-east of Uppsala. The airport is located within Stockholm County and the province of Uppland. It is the largest airport in Sweden and the third-largest airport in the Nordic countries. The airport is the major gateway to international air travel for large parts of Sweden. Arlanda Airport was used by close to 22.5 million passengers in 2014, with 17 million international passengers and 5 million domestic.[3] In January 2015, Stockholm Arlanda Airport had seen a 30% growth in passenger traffic over the previous five years; this was the highest growth among European airports.[3]

Stockholm Arlanda Airport is the larger of Stockholm's two airports. The other, Stockholm–Bromma, is located north-west of the city's centre, but can only be used by a small number of smaller aircraft. The smaller airports in Nyköping and Västerås are both located around 100 kilometres (60 mi) away from the Swedish capital. Stockholm Arlanda serves as a major hub for NextJet, Norwegian Air Shuttle and Scandinavian Airlines.


King Gustaf VI Adolf presiding over the ceremony which officially inaugurated Stockholm–Arlanda Airport (1 April 1962)

The airport was first used in 1959, but only for practice flights. It opened for limited civil traffic in 1960, and in 1962 the official opening ceremony took place. It was used from the start for intercontinental traffic because the runway at Bromma was too short. Scandinavian Airlines started using Douglas DC-8's on North American routes. The airport was also used very early by Pan American World Airways. The name Arlanda was decided after a competition prior to the airport opening. It is derived from Arland, an old name for the parish Ärlinghundra (now Husby-Ärlinghundra in Märsta) where the airport is situated. The '-a' was added in analogy with other Swedish place names ending with -landa and also plays on the Swedish verb "landa", which means "to land". The 1960s and '70s saw increases in traffic with scheduled traffic and charter traffic. The Boeing 747 jumbojet started to be used in the 1970s, both on one-stop scheduled flights to New York and on weekend nonstop charters to the Canary Islands. Domestic flights to Gothenburg, Malmö, Luleå and Kiruna were operated by SAS DC-9s from Arlanda since they were considered too noisy to be used at downtown Bromma. The rest of domestic traffic operated out of Bromma and all international traffic out of Arlanda.

In 1983 the domestic traffic operated by Linjeflyg moved from Bromma to Arlanda, using the terminal now known as Terminal 4. In 1990 two new domestic terminals called "Domestic 2 and 3" were built south of the first domestic terminal. In 1992 the terminal 2 was partly abandoned because of traffic decrease. It started to be used for international traffic the year after, and the main domestic and international terminals were renumbered into 4 and 5. The third runway was built between 1998 and 2002. However, a recession in 2002 delayed its opening until 2003. At that time protests were raised by people living under its flight path in the municipality of Upplands Väsby. Traffic has recovered since and is now showing healthy increases but the third runway is only used during peak hours for environmental reasons. In September 2010 the first Airbus A380 superjumbo landed at the airport.[4]

In early 2014 Swedavia announced plans for further expansions of the airport terminal complex, including the construction of an additional pier for Terminal 5 in order to better accommodate larger aircraft such as the Airbus A380 and Boeing 747-8 and address forecasts of rising passenger numbers.[5] The plans were approved by the Environmental Court of Appeals in December 2014, and construction was scheduled to commence in the spring of 2015.[6]



Arlanda has three runways: Runway 1 (01L/19R), Runway 2 (08/26) and Runway 3 (01R/19L). Runway 1 is 3,301 m (10,830 ft)[7] long and can handle take-offs and landings of the heaviest aircraft in use today. Runways 2 and 3 are 2,500 m (8,202 ft) long.[7] As indicated, runways 1 and 3 are parallel runways that can be operated independently of one another. Runways 1 and 3 are equipped with CAT III systems for instrument landings.[7] The airport can handle simultaneous take offs and landings using runways 1 and 3 at the same time. Simultaneous aircraft takeoffs and landings can be performed in Instrument meteorological conditions, (IMC). Runway 3 (01R/19L) is reached from the main terminal area via taxiway bridges constructed to be able to handle the heaviest and largest airplanes in traffic. Since runway 3 (01R/19L) is located at a distance from the terminals a deicing area is placed close to the runway to avoid too long time between deicing and take off in winter conditions. Another deicing area is located in connection with the southern ramp area close to take off positions at runway 01L. There are high speed taxiway exits from all runways, except runway 08, to enable aircraft to exit the runways quickly after landing. This increases runway capacity during rush hours. Use of parallel taxiways around the terminal area separates arriving and departing traffic. Arlanda can handle all aircraft types in service including the Airbus A380.


Terminal 2
Terminal 5
Shopping and restaurant area in Sky City between terminals 4 and 5
Terminal 5 check-in area

The airport has four terminals. Terminals 2 and 5 are used for international flights. Domestic flights are in Terminals 3 and 4. The new central building, Arlanda North, opened in late 2003, connecting terminal 5 with the newly built Pier F. All international flights handled by SAS and its Star Alliance partners use the new central building. An Arlanda South building, connecting terminals 2, 3 and 4 was also planned, but construction is currently suspended due to lack of funds. In the terminal areas and the shopping area "Sky City" there are restaurants, shopping facilities, bars etc. to cater to the needs for passengers and visitors to the airport. There are hotels both at the airport in connection with the terminals and in its surroundings. The hotel capacity at the airport was increased by the new Clarion Hotel Arlanda with 400 rooms which opened in November 2012 . There are also conference facilities at the airport.

Terminal 2 – International (Arlanda South)
  • Terminal 2 (gates 61–72) was initially built in 1990 for use by SAS as a domestic terminal. The terminal was designed to enable short turnaround times for aircraft, increased efficiency, and short walking distances, at that time without security check and with most passengers having hand luggage only, allowed to show up 10 minutes before departure. It had double walk bridges designed for both doors of MD-80. However SAS decided to leave the terminal because of decreases in passenger traffic on domestic routes. For a while the terminal was used by other airlines like Transwede Airways for both domestic and international services but now the terminal is only used for international flights. Security checks, a larger luggage claim area, more shops and restaurants have had to be added over the years, making the terminal fairly small. But in 2013 it was extended with a new floor level, where restaurants and lounge now is located. Terminal 2 has 8 aircraft parking stands with passenger bridges.
  • As of 29 May 2012, Norwegian relocated its international flights from Terminal 2 to Terminal 5 ousting Air France and Czech Airlines to Terminal 2.
  • In April 2013, British Airways and Finnair relocated to the newly renovated Terminal 2.[8]
Terminal 3 – Regional (Arlanda South)
  • Terminal 3 (gates 51–59) was built in 1990 for regional aircraft. There is a café there. People walk outdoors from the gates and board the planes with airstairs. Access is through terminal 2, with a 200 m walking distance. As with terminal 2 it was built without security check, which was added after 2001. There has been a decline in passenger numbers for smaller connections in Sweden.
Terminal 4 – Domestic (Arlanda South)
  • Terminal 4, formerly Inrikes 1 (gates 30–44) was originally designed for the Swedish domestic carrier Linjeflyg, and initiated in 1983. Linjeflyg and Scandinavian Airlines moved all operations from Stockholm–Bromma Airport to the new terminal at Arlanda in 1984. This was made to assemble the domestic and international departures between Scandinavian Airlines and Linjeflyg. Because of increasing popularity, the terminal soon got too small. For that reason Inrikes 2 was set up for SAS, who moved all domestic flights from Inrikes 1 to the new terminal in 1990.
  • Because of a recession in Swedish economy SAS moved back in 1992 and again the two carriers shared the terminal. Also in 1992 the terminal got a new name, Terminal 4. Since 1999 the terminal has had its own express station for high-speed trains, connecting the terminal with Stockholm Central Station and Terminal 5. In 2006, the terminal underwent a major renovation, the first since it was built in 1983.
Terminal 5 – International (Arlanda North)
  • Terminal 5 (gates 1–24 & F26–F69) is the largest of the passenger terminals at the airport and in use for international flights. All intercontinental flights and other international flights, except those in terminal 2, operate from terminal 5. The terminal has three piers equipped with 31 aircraft parking stands with passenger bridges. There are also a number of remote aircraft parking positions serving this terminal. Terminal 5 has restaurants, bars and shopping areas. The first stage of the terminal was inaugurated in 1976. Terminal 5 has since been expanded with a new passenger pier F. In addition to the scheduled services listed, all charter flights are handled at Terminal 5. The terminal is like terminal 4 and Sky City connected with Stockholm Central station with high speed trains.

Cargo facilities

Stockholm Arlanda has extensive cargo flight activity. There is a cargo area with cargo terminals and cargo transit facilities in the southern part of the airport area. This cargo area is labeled "Cargo City" with warehouses operated by Cargo Center,[9] DHL, Swedish postal service (Posten) and Spirit Air Cargo.[10] A large part of mail and express parcels from Sweden is handled through the facilities at the airport.[11] SAS Cargo has its cargo operation east of the passenger terminals close to the SAS hangars.[12] Dedicated scheduled cargo flights are operated by Korean Air with Boeing 747 cargo aircraft, as well as Lufthansa Cargo and Turkish Airlines. DHL, FedEx and UPS operate express freight services at the airport. West Air Sweden and Amapola operate shorter cargo sectors. A number of airlines operate ad hoc cargo flights with various equipment. Outsize cargo is frequently hauled with the Antonov 124 and similar cargo planes. TNT had their operations at Arlanda but have since moved to Västerås Airport.

Other facilities

Swedavia, the Swedish airport management company, has its head office in the airport control tower facility.[13][14] The company Sollentuna Cabin Interiors has its head office in Hangar 4 at Arlanda.[15] The airline Skyways previously had its head office on the airport property.[16]

Scandinavian Airlines previously had its head office on the airport property.[17] The airline, previously headquartered at a facility in Solna, was scheduled to move into Arlanda in the northern hemisphere autumn of 2010.[18] However the company has since moved its offices back to the SAS Frösundavik Office Building.

Oxford Aviation Academy has a flight simulator center for some of the most common airliners of today (like Boeing 737) at Arlanda. Arlanda has hangars and aircraft maintenance facilities operated by SAS Scandinavian Airlines and Priority Aero Maintenance.[19] TUIfly Nordic based at the airport also has a large hangar for widebody jets. There is also a helicopter repair facility operated by Patria Helicopters.[20] At the entrance to the airport the Jumbo Hostel, a Boeing 747 renovated into a hotel, is located. There are four additional hotels at the airport (Clarion Hotel Arlanda Airport, Radisson Blu Arlandia Hotel, Radisson Blu SkyCity Hotel and Rest and Fly); in addition there are several hotels nearby with transfer buses[21]

Airlines and destinations


Aegean Airlines Athens
Seasonal: Heraklion, Kalamata
Seasonal charter: Chania, Rhodes
Aeroflot Moscow–Sheremetyevo 5
Air Berlin Berlin–Tegel, Düsseldorf 2
Air China Beijing–Capital 5
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle 2
Air Serbia Belgrade 5
airBaltic Riga, Vilnius (ends 24 March 2017) 5
Alitalia Seasonal: Rome–Fiumicino 5
AtlasGlobal Istanbul-Atatürk 5
Austrian Airlines Vienna 5
Belavia Minsk 5
Blue Air Bucharest 5
British Airways London–Heathrow 2
Bulgaria Air Seasonal: Varna 2
Condor Charter: Puerto Plata 5
Czech Airlines Prague 2
Delta Air Lines Seasonal: New York–JFK 2
operated by AIS Airlines
Hagfors, Torsby 3
easyJet Milan-Malpensa ( begins 27 March 2017 )
Seasonal: Lyon
easyJet Switzerland Geneva 2
Emirates Dubai–International 5
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa, Oslo–Gardermoen (begins 26 March 2017),[22] Vienna 5
Eurowings Düsseldorf 5
Finnair Helsinki
Seasonal: Bergen
Germanwings Hamburg
Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn
Germania Beirut, Erbil, Sulaymaniyah 5
Höga Kusten Flyg
operated by NextJet
Örnsköldsvik 4
Iberia Madrid 2
Icelandair Reykjavík–Keflavík 5
Iran Air Tehran–Imam Khomeini 5
Iraqi Airways
operated by AirExplore
Baghdad 5
Jet Time Charter: Antalya, Bodrum, Chania, Dalaman, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Hurghada, Izmir, Korfu, Palma de Mallorca, Split, Tenerife–South 5
KLM Amsterdam 2
LOT Polish Airlines
operated by Regional Jet
Warsaw–Chopin 5
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich 5
Luxair Luxembourg 5
Monarch Airlines Birmingham, London-Luton, Manchester (all begin 28 April 2017)[23] 5
NextJet Arvidsjaur, Gällivare, Hemavan, Kramfors-Sollefteå, Lycksele, Mora, Sveg, Vilhelmina 3
NextJet Kokkola/Jakobstad, Mariehamn 2
operated by Carpatair
Arvidsjaur, Gällivare 3
Niki Vienna 2
operated by LOT Polish Airlines
Tallinn 5
Norwegian Air Shuttle Gothenburg, Kiruna, Luleå, Malmö, Umeå
Seasonal: Visby
Norwegian Air Shuttle Alicante, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Belgrade, Bergen, Berlin–Schönefeld, Budapest, Catania, Copenhagen, Gran Canaria, Helsinki, Kraków, Larnaca, London-Gatwick, Madrid, Málaga, Manchester, Munich, Nice, Oslo–Gardermoen, Paris–Orly, Prague, Riga, Rome–Fiumicino, Sarajevo, Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion, Vilnius
Seasonal: Ajaccio, Athens, Bastia, Bordeaux, Bourgas, Chania, Dubai-International, Dubrovnik, Edinburgh, Faro, Geneva, Grenoble, Kos, Lanzarote, Marrakech, Olbia, Palermo, Palma de Mallorca, Pisa, Pula, Rhodes, Salzburg, Santorini, Split, Tenerife–South, Venice–Marco Polo
Norwegian Air Shuttle
operated by Norwegian Long Haul
Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, New York–JFK, Oakland
Seasonal: Las Vegas, San Juan
Novair Seasonal Charter: Burgas, Chania, Fuerteventura, Goa, Gran Canaria, Kefalonia, Preveza, Puerto Plata, Rhodes, Santorini, Sharm el-Sheikh, Zakynthos 5
operated by Scandinavian Airlines
Seasonal: Larnaca 5
Qatar Airways Doha 5
Pegasus Airlines Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen 5
Primera Air Fuerteventura, Funchal, Gran Canaria, Tenerife-South
Seasonal: Alicante (begins 1 May 2017), Almería, Antalya, Barcelona (begins 5 May 2017), Chania (begins 28 April 2017), Dubrovnik (begins 31 May 2017), [24] Faro, Lamezia Terme, La Palma, Lisbon (begins 6 April 2017), Málaga, Palma de Mallorca, Ponta-Delgada (begins 25 April 2017), Pula, Rhodes
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca 5
Scandinavian Airlines1 Ängelholm, Åre-Östersund, Gothenburg, Kalmar, Kiruna, Luleå, Malmö, Ronneby, Skellefteå, Sundsvall, Umeå, Visby 4
Scandinavian Airlines1 Aarhus (ends 21 December 2016), Alicante, Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Bergen, Berlin–Tegel, Billund, Brussels, Budapest, Chicago–O'Hare, Copenhagen, Dublin, Düsseldorf, Edinburgh, Faro, Frankfurt, Gdańsk, Geneva, Gran Canaria, Hamburg, Helsinki, Hong Kong, Kraków (begins 26 March 2017),[25] London–Heathrow, Los Angeles, Malta, Málaga, Manchester, Milan-Linate, Milan-Malpensa, Moscow–Sheremetyevo, Munich, Newark, Nice, Oslo–Gardermoen, Palma de Mallorca, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Prague, Riga, Rome–Fiumicino, Salzburg, Saint Petersburg, Stavanger, Tallinn, Tampere, Thessaloniki, Tromsø, Trondheim, Turku, Vaasa, Vilnius, Zürich
Seasonal: Bastia, Biarritz, Bodø, Bologna, Cagliari, Chania, Dubrovnik, Gazipaşa, Innsbruck, Lisbon (begins 25 June 2017),[25] Mykonos, Naples, Olbia, Palermo, Pisa, Pristina (begins 1 August 2017),[25] Pula, Sarajevo, Shannon (begins 1 August 2017),[25] Split, Turin, Venice–Marco Polo
Sparrow Aviation
operated by Amapola Flyg
Kristianstad 3
SunExpress Seasonal: Antalya, İzmir 5
Swiss International Air Lines Geneva, Zürich 5
TAP Portugal Lisbon 5
TAROM Bucharest 5
Thai Airways Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi
Seasonal: Phuket
Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia Seasonal charter: Agadir, Antalya, Aruba, Banjul, Bourgas, Cancún, Funchal, Gazipaşa, Gran Canaria, Hurghada, Larnaca, Marsa Alam, Palma de Mallorca, Punta Cana, Rhodes, Sal, Tenerife–South, Varna 5
Thomson Airways Seasonal: Cancun (begins 13 December 2016),[26] Colombo (begins 16 December 2016),[26] Mauritius (begins 17 December 2016),[26] Phu Quoc (begins 13 December 2016)[26] 2
Transavia Eindhoven (begins 3 April 2017), Munich (begins 26 March 2017)[27] 5
TUIfly Nordic Seasonal charter: Antalya, Larnaca, Puerto Plata, (begins 15 December 2016)[28] 5
TUIfly Nordic
operated by Thomson Airways
Seasonal charter: Cancún, Colombo, Mauritius, Puerto Plata 5
Turkish Airlines Istanbul–Atatürk
Seasonal: Ankara, Istanbul-Sabiha Gökcen, Konya
Ukraine International Airlines Kiev-Boryspil 5
United Airlines Seasonal: Newark 5
Vueling Barcelona
Seasonal: Rome–Fiumicino[29]
WOW air Reykjavik-Keflavik[30] 2

^1 Some flights operated by CityJet, FlyBe or Jet Time.


Amapola FlygHelsinki, Maastricht/Aachen
DHL AviationCopenhagen, Leipzig/Halle
FedEx ExpressCologne/Bonn, Helsinki, Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Amapola FlygHelsinki, Maastricht/Aachen, Malmö
Korean Air CargoSeoul–Incheon
Turkish Airlines Cargo
operated by ULS Cargo
Helsinki, Istanbul–Atatürk[32]
UPS AirlinesCologne/Bonn, Helsinki
West Air SwedenMalmö


Busiest European routes to and from Stockholm-Arlanda Airport (2015)[33]
Rank Airport Passengers handled % change
1 United Kingdom London-Gatwick, London-Heathrow1,482,091Increase 3.0British Airways, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian Airlines
2 Denmark Copenhagen1,461,166Increase 1.0Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian Airlines
3 Norway Oslo1,342,479Decrease 1.0Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian Airlines
4 Finland Helsinki1,078,190Increase 3.9Finnair, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian Airlines
5 Netherlands Amsterdam735,318Increase 6.4KLM, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian Airlines
6 Germany Frankfurt658,987Increase 5.7Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines
7 France Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Paris-Orly587,014Increase 0.1Air France, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian Airlines
8 Germany Berlin-Schönefeld, Berlin-Tegel561,652Increase 5.1Air Berlin, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian Airlines
9 Germany Munich474,321Increase 10.0Lufthansa, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian Airlines
10 Turkey Istanbul-Atatürk, Istanbul- Sabiha Gökçen439,192Increase 1.1Pegasus Airlines, Turkish Airlines
11 Switzerland Zurich399,391Increase 3.0Scandinavian Airlines, Swiss International Air Lines
12 Spain Barcelona-El Prat324,939Increase 7.4Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian Airlines, Vueling
13 Spain Gran Canaria308,712Decrease 2.8Jet Time, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia
14 Austria Vienna305,479Increase 16.6Austrian Airlines, Niki, Ethiopian
15 Spain Málaga271,899Increase 25.3Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian Airlines
16 Spain Palma de Mallorca261,313Increase 15.0Jet Time, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian Airlines, Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia
17 Turkey Antalya238,823Decrease 3.7Jet Time, SunExpress, Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia
18 Czech Republic Prague207,632Increase 16.3Czech Airlines, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian Airlines
19 Latvia Riga205,656Increase 23.0airBaltic, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian Airlines
20 France Nice185,730Increase 2.7Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian Airlines
21 Germany Hamburg176,140Increase 29.1Eurowings, Scandinavian Airlines
22 Italy Rome-Fiumicino175,950Increase 9.0Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian Airlines
23 Germany Düsseldorf169,052Increase 6.1Germanwings, Scandinavian Airlines
24 Iceland Reykjavik-Keflavik168,268Increase 14.3Icelandair
25 Russia Moscow-Sheremetyevo165,897Decrease 7.8Aeroflot, Scandinavian Airlines
Busiest Intercontinental routes from Stockholm-Arlanda Airport (2015)[33]
Rank Airport Passengers handled % change
1 United States New York-JFK, New York-Newark353,903Decrease 4.2Delta Air Lines, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian Airlines, United Airlines
2 Thailand Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi282,450Decrease 1.9Norwegian Air Shuttle, Thai Airways
3 United Arab Emirates Dubai241,474Increase 10.1Emirates, Norwegian Air Shuttle
4 Qatar Doha187,784Increase 37.2Qatar Airways
5 United States Chicago-O’Hare145,065Increase 4.5Scandinavian Airlines
6 China Beijing-Capital130,299Increase 9.0Air China
7 United States Oakland70,907Increase 105.1Norwegian Air Shuttle
8 Thailand Phuket59,448Decrease 8.3Thai Airways
9 United States Los Angeles47,465Decrease 3.3Norwegian Air Shuttle
10 United States Ft. Lauderdale42,341Decrease 21.2Norwegian Air Shuttle
11 Egypt Hurghada41,082Increase 19.6Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia, TUIfly Nordic
12 Israel Tel Aviv40,233Decrease 6.6Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian Airlines
13 Hong Kong Hong Kong30,115Increase NEWScandinavian Airlines
14 Iraq Erbil28,642Decrease 11.1Germania, Zagrosjet
15 Mexico Cancún25,415Increase 9.2Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia, TUIfly Nordic
Busiest domestic routes from Stockholm Arlanda Airport (2015)[33]
Rank Airport Passengers Change
1 Luleå 1,035,667 Increase1.5%Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian Airlines
2 Gothenburg 884,807 Increase0.8%Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian Airlines
3 Umeå 671,795 Increase0.0Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian Airlines
4 Malmö 621,165 Increase1.6%Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian Airlines
5 Östersund 332.288 Decrease2.8%Scandinavian Airlines
6 Skellefteå 262,199 Decrease0.6%Scandinavian Airlines
7 Kiruna 234,148 Decrease8.9%Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian Airlines
8 Ängelholm 188,331 Increase5.9%Scandinavian Airlines
9 Sundsvall-Härnösand 158,845 Decrease3.5%Scandinavian Airlines
10 Ronneby 136,368 Increase1.7%Scandinavian Airlines
11 Visby 135,730 Increase8.1%Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian Airlines
12 Kalmar 114.871 Increase1.6%Scandinavian Airlines
13 Örnsköldsvik 77,213 Decrease1.0%Höga Kusten Flyg
14 Lycksele 38,197 Decrease14.3%Nextjet
15 Kristianstad 31,070 Decrease8.2%Sparrow Aviation
Passenger traffic and landings statistics Stockholm Arlanda Airport[34]
Year Domestic Change International Change Total Change Landings Change
2015 5,081,908 Decrease0.5% 18,060,628 Increase4.2% 23,142,536 Increase3.1% 112,987 Increase0.3%
2014 5,105,571 Increase4.3% 17,338,211 Increase9.7% 22,443,782 Increase8.5% 112,648 Increase2.7%
2013 4,870,328 Increase1.0% 15,811,068 Increase7.0% 20,681,396 Increase5.0% 109,837 Increase5.0%
2012 4,802,546 Increase1.4% 14,839,483 Increase3.5% 19,642,029 Increase3.0% 104,930 Decrease1.4%
2011 4,737,758 Increase17.9% 14,334,961 Increase10.8% 19,072,719 Increase12.4% 106,428 Increase11.5%
2010 4,019,292 Increase1.8% 12,943,124 Increase6.8% 16,962,416 Increase5.6% 95,434 Decrease0.9%
2009 3,949,253 Decrease18.7% 12,114,747 Decrease8.8% 16,064,000 Decrease11.4% 96,279 Decrease13.9%
2008 4,854,810 Decrease3.8% 13,281,295 Increase3.2% 18,136,105 Increase1.2% 111,450 Increase2.0%
2007 5,048,736 Decrease5.3% 12,863,722 Increase5.4% 17,912,458 Increase2.1% 109,275 Decrease3.8%
2006 5,331,916 Decrease7.2% 12,207,474 Increase7.5% 17,539,390 Increase2.6% 113,565 Decrease3.0%
2005 5,744,667 Increase3.3% 11,356,811 Increase6.2% 17,101,478 Increase5.2% 117,095 Decrease4.6%
2004 5,559,801 Increase3.2% 10,694,071 Increase10.0% 16,253,872 Increase7.5% 122,680 Increase6.0%
2003 5,388,364 Decrease10.6% 9,725,141 Decrease6.5% 15,113,505 Decrease8.0% 115,762 Decrease5.8%
2002 6,029,712 Decrease9.9% 10,401,495 Decrease8.8% 16,431,207 Decrease9.2% 122,852 Decrease11.1%
2001 6,695,340 Decrease1.0% 11,401,250 Decrease0.9% 18,096,590 Decrease0.9% 138,244 Decrease1.0%
2000 6,760,127 Increase5.2% 11,503,799 Increase7.5% 18,263,926 Increase6.6% 139,705 Increase1.2%
1999 6,423,639 Increase5.1% 10,704,910 Increase6.7% 17,128,549 Increase6.1% 138,081 Increase3.2%
1998 6,111,993 Increase6.6% 10,035,978 Increase8.8% 16,147,971 Increase8.0% 133,861 Increase3.8%
1997 5,731,403 Increase2.5% 9,221,675 Increase10.6% 14,953,078 Increase7.3% 128,985 Increase8.2%
1996 5,590,446 8,341,427 13,931,873 119,261
Countries with most handled passengers to/from Stockholm Arlanda Airport (2014)
Rank Country Passengers
1  Germany 2,071,501
2  United Kingdom 1,690,658
3  Spain 1,677,815
4  Norway 1,555,298
5  Denmark 1,520,391
6  Finland 1,321,934
7  France 799,890
8  Turkey 762,072
9  Netherlands 735,471
10  United States 664,692
11  Greece 589,923
12   Switzerland 551,417
13  Italy 390,818
14  Thailand 363,835
15  Austria 344,471
16  United Arab Emirates 243,841
17  Russia 225,205
18  Czech Republic 207,668
19  Latvia 205,656
20  Qatar 187,784
21  Iceland 168,268
22  Portugal 151,143
23  Poland 149,135
24  China 130,299
25  Belgium 129,927

Winter time operations and snow clearing

A Lufthansa Airbus A321 in retro colors taxies in snow at Arlanda

Since its opening Stockholm Arlanda has always managed to continue its operations during heavy snowfall and difficult weather.[35] Arlanda is exposed to lake-effect snowfalls, where ice cold air from the northeast in combination with open water in the Baltic Sea causes heavy snowfall. The airport administration claims to be world-leading at clearing snow from the runways. Arlanda has a policy to never close due to snowfall.[36] Heavy snowfall can however cause delays. During heavy snowfall at least one runway stays open but in bad weather condition there may be delays even if flight operations continue at all times. Not just runways need to be cleared, aprons and aircraft parking areas need snow clearing as well. It is an advantage that there are three runways allowing two open runways when one is cleared at lighter snowfall. The airport has a total of 250 000 m2 to clear from snow and ice, at the same time as the aircraft continue taking off and landing.[37] During the colder half of the year Stockholm Arlanda has about 65 seasonally hired snow removal staff. Together with permanent staff, they form a team of 100 people who provide snow removal services. Special routes are planned for sweeping teams, which clear each route at intervals of 35 to 45 minutes. The sweeping teams are directed via radio from the air traffic control tower. When snow removal is completed on each runway the surface is tested by a friction vehicle which measures friction value. The airport announces the friction value, and then it is each pilot who decides whether this value is sufficient for a landing. The friction value determines how often a runway must be ploughed and treated with anti-skid agent.[36]

Aircraft hangars and maintenance facilities

Boeing 767-300ER in TUIFly Nordic hangar at Arlanda

SAS Technical Services, TUIfly Nordic and Priority Aero Maintenance.[19] have large aircraft hangars and maintenance facilities at the airport. SAS Technical Services is headquartered at Arlanda and has hangar facilities suitable for widebody aircraft up to the size of Boeing 747-400s. The first part of this hangar complex was built to handle SAS' fleet of DC-8s. There are a number of positions on each side of the building initially built to handle this type. The hangar space are nowadays mostly used for Boeing 737s and MD-80s. The Boeing 747 hangar was inaugurated at the time when Scandinavian Airlines received their first Boeing 747s in the beginning of the 70s. It is large enough to handle a Boeing 747 and two MD-80 size airplanes at the same time. The offices of SAS Technical Services are situated in connection with the hangars. In the early days of the airport these hangars provided heavy maintenance for members of the KSSU group[38] which included KLM, SAS, Swissair and UTA. A number of other airlines, such as Thai Airways International, also maintained their aircraft in those hangars. Now the main user is Scandinavian Airlines. TUIfly Nordic has a hangar able to handle their largest aircraft which is the Boeing 767-300ER. Priority Aero Maintenance has its facilities in the eastern part of the airport. They provide heavy aircraft maintenance for a number of aircraft including MD-80 which is a common type to be overhauled by the company.

There is also a hangar in the southern part of the airport that was built by the former Swedish domestic airline Linjeflyg. This hangar is mainly used by regional aircraft.

Helicopter hangars and maintenance facilities are found at the very eastern part of the airport operated by Patria Helicopters.[20]

Hotels and hostels

Jumbohostel at the entrance to Arlanda

These are within the airport area:

VIP flights

Arlanda, as the main airport serving the Swedish capital, is also used by VIP-flights[40] using business jets. Government officials and celebrities are frequent visitors. In April 2011, the then-Chairman of the Russian Government Vladimir Putin visited Stockholm with a couple of large jet airplanes.[41] The Emperor of Japan has also visited Arlanda with his Boeing 747s.[42] In September 2013, U.S. President Barack Obama, made an official visit to Sweden with Air Force One.[43] EU-meetings and exhibitions in the Stockholm area also bring special flights to the airport. Various private companies use their business jets to attend meetings in the Stockholm area. Some VIP-flights also go to downtown Bromma Airport, but since Bromma has limited operational hours many go to Arlanda instead. European Flight Service has a Grumman Gulfstream G550 based at Arlanda for VIP flights.

Like in other large airports, there is a VIP area, where anyone who want to pay can go through a dedicated security check, and wait in the VIP lounge and be transported by car to the airplane, avoiding mix with ordinary people. The VIP area can also hold wedding ceremonies, in combination with a forthcoming flight.[44]

Ground transportation


Arlanda airport rail services

Uppsala C
Arlanda North

Arlanda Central
Arlanda South

Upplands Väsby
Stockholm C

The fastest way to the airport from Stockholm Central Station is the Arlanda Express high-speed train service, making the trip in 20 minutes.[45]

Taxi at Arlanda airport

It is possible to use the Stockholm commuter rail service (Pendeltåg) between Uppsala C and central and southern Stockholm. This route takes 38 minutes between Arlanda C station and Stockholm C.[46] The fare is higher from Arlanda compared to other journeys on the commuter rail network.


Flygbussarna, Swebus and SL operate coaches to and from the airport which stop at some locations in northern Stockholm County as well as Stockholm City Centre and Stockholm Central Station. There is also a local bus line no 583 to Märsta, from where there are commuter trains to Stockholm and surroundings, the cheapest way of getting to/from Stockholm.


The motorway E4 goes past the airport and connects Arlanda with central Stockholm as well as Uppsala and other cities further north. Terminal parking, short-term and long-term parking is available at the airport. The low price long-term parking requires a free shuttle bus ride. The bus departs every 8–15 minutes. There is rental car facilities at the airport.


All taxi companies are required to offer fixed prices when going from the airport, which takes away the guess-work of how much the fare will cost (one can still request use of the taxi meter). Most major companies also offer fixed prices to the airport.

Please Note! Taxi fares are unregulated in Sweden nowadays, meaning taxis can claim any price as long as they follow the price list shown in the taxi and stuck on the side window. Although taxis at the Arlanda taxi stations are not allowed to charge more than 675 kr for at single trip to Uppsala or the northern parts of Stockholm.

Arlanda Express

Uppsala and farther north

There is a Stockholm commuter rail service (Pendeltåg) between Uppsala and Stockholm, but on Uppsala county tickets north of Arlanda. This route takes 18 minutes from Arlanda Central to its Uppsala C terminus.[46]

Buses operated by Upplands Lokaltrafik travel between Stockholm Arlanda Airport and Uppsala (bus no. 801) as well as Enköping to the southwest (bus no. 579/803) and Almunge (bus no. 806) to the northeast.

Long-distance trains called Intercity, Regionaltåg (Regional train) or X2000 operated by SJ go to locations north of Stockholm Arlanda Airport and south of Stockholm. Passengers are not permitted to use long-distance trains to go to Stockholm Central Station; no such tickets are sold.


There is an ongoing work to limit Arlanda's negative impact on the environment. In an effort to save electricity, buildings at Arlanda use district heating with biofuels and district cooling with water from a nearby lake. The take off charges for aircraft are partly based on the environmental performance of the aircraft and Arlanda is experimenting with Continuous Descent Approaches and landings, often referred to as "green landings".[47] Jet fuel is since around 2006 delivered by boat to Gävle and via train to Brista close to Märsta and from there through pipeline. Previously fuel was delivered by ship to Värtahamnen in Stockholm and then by trucks through Stockholm city to Arlanda. The airport also takes measures to promote the use of bio fuel in taxis operating to and from the airport.[48]

One of the most interesting eco-friendly systems Stockholm Arlanda Airport uses is their unique heating and cooling system for their hangar, terminals, and other buildings on the airfield. There innovative system uses a series of wells which are linked to a large underground aquifer. The water from this underground source is plumbed up and into the facilities air system which controls the temperature of the air coming from the vents. In the summertime, the underground water remains cooler than the surface. This allows the terminals to be cooled off without using extra energy that an air conditioner would require. Then, in the winter months, the underground water remains warmer than the surface. The water is then plumbed to a control/heating unit which uses bio-fuel to heat the water to a temperature appropriate for warming up the buildings. This heated water is also used to heat pads of cement on the ramp and near the large hangar doors. This is a very efficient way to keep the doors and ramps clear of ice. After the water is run through the system, it is then all replaced back into the aquifer to be used again. The unique aquifer system is one of Arlanda's most defining environmentally friendly designs.[49]

Incidents and accidents

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