Åre Östersund Airport, which is operated by Swedavia, has inaugurated its new runway lighting and approach system which will provide enhanced access for the region’s passengers. The new infrastructure will enable aircraft to take off and land even in poor visibility conditions with fog at the airport, which was not previously possible.

The airport is one of three Swedish hubs with the new technology. The other two airports that have deployed the new runway lighting and approach system are Stockholm Arlanda and Göteborg Landvetter Airport. The new infrastructure and CAT III system also makes Åre Östersund Swedavia’s first regional airport in this category enabling aircraft to operate even in weather conditions with poor visibility.

“Finally, after several years of meticulous preparations, it is naturally very gratifying that we now have the new runway infrastructure in place at Åre Östersund,” said Peter Fahlen, Airport Director at Swedavia’s Åre Östersund Airport. “The new technology enables enhanced access to the region and increased assurance for everyone who travels here by air now that the airport can handle and land aircraft in weather conditions with greatly reduced visibility as well.”

With the new infrastructure, which improves access to the airport, the airport’s navigation and meteorological systems have been updated and the airport has been equipped with a new runway lighting system featuring nearly one thousand new light fixtures – a considerable improvement compared to the previous system.

Costing a total of 70 million Swedish kronor, Swedavia has financed the runway lighting and approach system in collaboration with the Jämtland-Härjedalen regional authority and the neighbouring municiaplities of Östersund, Åre and Krokom.

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