Cost of rebuilding is too high to make reopening viable
Sweden’s state-run airport operator Swedavia says it is not worth reopening Gothenburg City Airport, which closed for renovation in November, for commercial flights. The cost of rebuilding is too high to make reopening viable, it says.
“It would cost around SEK 250 million (€26 million),” explained Karl Wistrand, deputy director of Swedavia. “We at Swedavia have said that we’re not prepared to bear that investment. This means that we’re gradually going to wind down the airport operations.”
Ryanair, Wizz Air and Gotlandsflyg are among the airlines currently using Gothenburg City. In November, flights were switched to the city’s larger Landvetter airport instead. It is not yet clear whether Ryanair will accept a permanent relocation to Landvetter.
Swedavia says it will focus on increasing capacity at Landvetter. Just over a hundred jobs will be affected by the Gothenburg City closure.
[photo courtesy Gothenburg City Airport/Swedavia]