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The little airport that could

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There is considerable potential for growth as two million people live in the 200 km surrounding area, and passengers from both southern Sweden and Norway find the location convenient. Göteborg City Airport is actually closer to the city of Göteborg than the much larger commercial airport that serves 4.3 million passengers, in contrast to City Airport’s 780,000 in 2011.

City Airport offers a narrower range of flights; low-cost airlines Ryanair and WizzAir serve 21 destinations in twelve countries throughout Europe. There is also regular service to one domestic destination, Visby, Gotland, via Gotlandsflyg airline. However, City Airport serves other purposes besides business and leisure travel.

There are four instruction companies which train pilots, and this aspect accounts for nearly half of traffic. Also, police, ambulance and maritime helicopter flights keep the public service aspects of the airport open around the clock.

Known as Säve Flygplats until 2001, City Airport has facilities that date back to 1940 when a military airbase was opened; the base closed in 1969. Meanwhile, civil and freight traffic had been added. In 1984 a runway was lengthened to accommodate larger business jets.

The arrival of Ryanair in 2001, when it inaugurated flights to London, was a key point in City Airport’s growth. In the past eleven years, passenger numbers have increased ninefold as additional airlines and destinations have been added.

Ms. Nyberg points out that there is also room for more growth within the limits of the airport’s environmental certificate, which regulates noise and emissions into air and water.

Adding additional carriers is part of her plan, but the roles of public service flights and pilot training are also integral to the airport’s functions. “We want to be more profitable,” she adds, “and making the travelling experience more delightful for our passengers will be important. When customers are pleased, they want to come back. They become our best ambassadors.”

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