Recently, I took part of some interesting information, which I then looked into further.
According to very credible sources, Landvetter Airport has hit the limit for its environmental permit.
Going forward, the airport will not be able to accommodate more corporations wishing to open new routes to and from Gothenburg.
In order to expand their capacity, there is talk of an investment of 500 million SEK.
If this is the case, the closure of Säve Airport was a complete disaster, a mad misconduct.
In January 2015, Swedavia took the decision to shut down Säve Airport because it would cost far too much to renovate the old runway. There was talk about 250 million SEK, but afterwards it was found that the cost of a renovation would have been about 50 million SEK.
I have written about this on the blog on several occasions. I think that the shutdown was completely wrong. I believe that Gothenburg and the entire region need two airports; one of which is a city airport.
In fact, it was a major failure and a big waste of money to shut down Säve.
Imagine if they had instead invested in renovating and expanding the airport.
Imagine the benefits, for Gothenburg and the whole region, if the terminal and the parking spaces would have been moved to the big trail. Then we would have had a city airport that could have served as a good addition to Landvetter.
Säve would also have been a very good resource for business in one of Sweden's most interesting regions, especially if you consider businessjet and businessmen who prioritize speed and accessibility.
These decisions have all resulted in a huge waste of money.
If the information I have taken part of is correct, it will not only affect passengers. Freight flights, which have increased much lately, will also be marked by Landvetter's constraints.
In recent years, NTEX has invested heavily in developing our airline operations in addition to our road and sea transports, and now we are the eleventh largest air carrier operator in Sweden. This year, we expect this part of our business to have a turnover of 100 million SEK. If the Landvetter information is correct, I see a risk that we – like other players –may be limited in terms of shipping to and from Western Sweden.
Nevertheless, the whole region's development might be slowed down because Landvetter has hit its limit for its environmental permit.