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Never before have there been as many flights through Swedish airspace as in 2017. LFV’s statistics for last year show a five per cent increase in traffic compared with 2016, up to 762,000 aircraft movements. “Sweden’s economy is strong, and this is reflected in aviation, especially internationally. Sweden is also becoming increasingly attractive as a tourist destination,” says LFV’s Director General Ann Persson Grivas. September saw the most intensive traffic of the year with over 70,000 movements, while January had the lowest number of movements at some 55,000. This means that 2017 followed the normal traffic pattern during the year. Of the three traffic categories – overflying (no take-off or landing in Sweden), international and domestic – it was overflying that showed the greatest increase at just over six per cent. International increased by almost six per cent, while the increase for domestic flights was less – barely one per cent. “The increase in traffic means that LFV has a great responsibility to control air traffic so as to have the smallest possible impact on the environment. We do this by establishing straight flight paths, approach and outgoing flight paths that are as short as possible and by training our air traffic controllers in eco driving,” says Ann Persson Grivas. With a five per cent increase in traffic, Sweden is somewhat above the European level, which is estimated at just over four per cent. The forecast for 2018 is a more moderate increase. For more information, telephone LFV’s press service on +46 (11)19 20 50. LFV is Sweden’s leading air navigation service provider with associated civil and military aviation services. LFV is also involved in developing the European airspace via joint collaboration in various forms. LFV has extensive experience with offering airline consultancy services in the international market within the air transport sector. With a focus on research and development, LFV offers smart solutions for the flights of the future. LFV is the first in the world with remote air traffic control, a brand-new way of managing air traffic, which has attracted significant attention globally. LFV has 1,100 employees and annual sales of SEK 3.4 billion. Facts about LFV At the end of December, Sundsvall Timrå Airport in northern Sweden became the country’s second airport to have remote air traffic control. At 07.00 on 20 December, the tower was closed down and the air traffic control service was transferred to LFV’s control centre. The distance from the tower to the control centre is not very great, only about 100 metres, but nevertheless it is a paradigm and technological shift that the tower is now closed. It has been in use since the airport opened for civil aviation in 1944. “It is extremely gratifying that we now have a second airport with the technology that Saab and LFV have been developing for almost ten years and which is ground breaking for the industry. We have made use of two and a half years’ experience from Örnsköldsvik Airport in the work on Sundsvall, but every operating approval from the Swedish Transport Agency and every commissioning is unique to the individual airport,” says LFV’s Director General Ann Persson Grivas. – “It has been wonderful to see at close hand how the entire project has gone from first idea to commissioning. This has attracted great international interest in the region and has put Sundsvall Timrå Airport on the global map. What LFV has established has had extremely positive spin-offs for the airport and also for Mid Sweden University,” says Frank Olofsson, manager of Sundsvall Timrå Airport. In 2015, Örnsköldsvik Airport became Sweden’s first airport with remote air traffic control. On 21 April that year, the infrastructure minister at the time, Anna Johansson, declared LFV’s control centre in Sundsvall open. LFV’s control centre in Sundsvall has the space to operate remote air traffic control for a further three airports. The next to be finished will be Linköping City Airport. For more information, telephone LFV’s press service on 011-19 20 50. LFV is Sweden’s leading air navigation service provider with associated civil and military aviation services. LFV is also involved in developing the European airspace via joint collaboration in various forms. LFV has extensive experience of offering airline consultancy services in the international market within the air transport sector. With a focus on research and development, LFV offers smart solutions for the flights of the future. LFV is the first in the world with remote air traffic control, a brand-new way of managing air traffic, which has attracted significant attention globally. LFV has 1,100 employees and annual sales of SEK 3.4 billion. Facts about remote tower services Facts about LFV The number of aircraft movements in Swedish airspace increased by just over 1% in 2015, coming up to 712,000. During the 2000s, the only year with more movements was 2008. This information comes from LFV traffic statistics for last year. “The statistics show that aviation is important for Sweden’s accessibility, both within the country and with the rest of the world,” says LFV’s Communications Director, Elisabeth Lindgren. Of the three categories of domestic, international and overflights, the latter accounted for the largest increase in 2015 at just over 2%. International flights increased by 1.3% and domestic flights decreased by 1.5%. Overflight traffic represents more than 40% of the total volume of traffic and consists of traffic that does not start or land in Sweden. Of course, there is a strong correlation between the increase in the number of movements and the fact that Stockholm Arlanda Airport breaks the passenger record of over 23 million passengers in 2015. “The majority of overflights in Swedish airspace consist of traffic between Asia and Europe. Domestic movements are decreasing, while the number of passengers is increasing. This means each aircraft is fuller, which is also good for the environment,” says Elisabeth Lindgren. Looking at developments during the year, air traffic decreased from January to October while it increased in the other months like-for-like in 2014. The biggest increase was in December, when traffic increased by just over 3%. “Statistics from Eurocontrol for the EU are not ready yet for the whole year of 2015, but November figures suggest an increase of 1.5% for 2015 overall,” says Elisabeth Lindgren. For more information please contact the LVF press service on +46 11 19 20 50. Information about LFV. LFV offers air traffic management, air traffic services and related services, both nationally and internationally. LFV is involved in developing European airspace through its cooperation in various alliances and organisations. LFV is developing new services and operational concepts in order to meet the ever greater requirements for capacity, accessibility and sustainability. LFV was first in the world to introduce operational approval for remotely operated air traffic control. Since April 2015, LFV employees in Sundsvall have been controlling air traffic at Örnsköldsvik Airport. LFV has 1,200 employees and has an annual turnover of SEK 2.6 billion. atcc-mm LFV Air Traffic Control Center, Malmö, Sweden.