Former minister to draw up Bromma Airport closure plans
Former Social Democrat minister Anders Sundström has been given the job of seeing if Stockholm's city-centre Bromma Airport can be closed and flights transferred to the larger Arlanda Airport north of the city.
Stockholm City Council has said it wants to close the airport and to build housing on the land, proposals which have proven controversial for the centre-right opposition and for some local politicians outside the capital.
Bromma Airport is mostly used for domestic flights from the rest of the country, and Anders Sundström has been asked by the government to come up with a plan to close the airport and to see whether all the domestic flights to Bromma can be moved to Arlanda. He himself has commuted to the capital from northern Sweden for many years, news agency TT reports.
"It is hard to think that me with my history would come up with a plan that would make it difficult for areas outside of Stockholm to grow", he told TT. "The most important thing for those of us wanting to fly into Stockholm is that we can arrive at the times we want, and leave at the times we want, and that transport into the city centre works. But you can't close Bromma without expanding Arlanda quite extensively", he adds.
Sundström has until 2016 to produce his report.