Government is proposing to restructure the country’s unified airports and air
navigation service LFV Group by splitting the organisation into two state-owned
companies, which could eventually lead to the privatisation of several airports
including Gothenburg Landvetter and Malmo Sturup.
the proposal, which will be the subject of a consultation, airports management
would be separated from air traffic control by 1 January 2009. Forty-one
airports would then be subdivided into three categories: national strategic
airports, regional airports, and other smaller airports.
of these airports are currently overseen by LFV, which also manages 35 air
traffic control facilities in Sweden
including the area centres at Stockholm and Malmo.
Government investigator Christina Rogestam, who is
behind the plan, tells ATI that the
separation scheme would ensure there is “no suspicion” of cross-subsidisation
between the smaller and larger airports.
Rogestam says the ‘national’ category would include ten
airports: Stockholm Arlanda, Stockholm Bromma, Gothenburg Landvetter,
Malmo Sturup, Kiruna, Lulea,
Arvidsjaur and Ostersund.
These airports would receive 100% state support.
27 airports, the ‘regional’ facilities, would have 75% support.
These airports would include Gothenburg
City, Stockholm Skavsta,
Kristianstad, Vaxjo, Angelholm and others.
airports, including Norrkoping and Vasteras,
would comprise the final category. These would not receive any state support.
Rogestam says that dividing the airports into the three
categories will enable state resources to be concentrated on those facilities
which contribute the most towards providing national and international access.
the proposal goes further, suggesting that the Government should open some of
the airports to private investors. It says the Government should consider talks
to introduce local or private shareholders to the regional airports, and even
suggests that larger airports – particularly Gothenburg Landvetter
and Malmo –
be considered for privatisation.
Rogestam claims this process would make the newly-created
airports organisation more effective by enabling it to bring in experienced
airport management specialists.
Group says that it broadly supports the initiative, although a spokesman for
the organisation says that the proposal is still at an early stage and has yet
to receive comment from interested parties.
civil aviation structure underwent a separation at the beginning of 2005 when
regulatory functions were split from operational activities. The regulatory
functions were established as Swedish civil aviation authority Luftfartsstyrelsen while LFV Group concentrated on