On Monday, a new runway lighting and approach system was inaugurated at Åre Östersund Airport with CAT III-ILS. This means increased accessibility for the region’s passengers, as the airport will now be able to take off and land aircraft under even worse visibility conditions than before.

Åre Östersund Airport is located on Frösön, which is surrounded by Storsjön. This sometimes creates problems with fog and low visibility for take-off and landing aircraft at the airport, but now Swedavia has inaugurated an improved approach system with CAT III ILS approach to runway 12 that will improve accessibility. Previously, the airport had CAT-II ILS on runway 12.

“Finally, after several years of careful preparation, it naturally feels very gratifying that we have now got the new track lighting infrastructure in place at Åre Östersund. The new technology enables increased accessibility to the region and increased security for everyone who travels here by plane when the airport can now receive and land aircraft even in weather conditions with severely reduced visibility “, says Peter Fahlén, Airport Manager Åre Östersund Airport at Swedavia.

The new runway and approach system means that navigation and meteorology systems have been updated as well as that the airport has a new runway system with close to a thousand luminaires, which is a considerable reinforcement compared to previous systems. Swedavia, which operates Åre Östersund Airport, is behind the financing of the new runway lights and the new approach system, in collaboration with the Region and the nearby municipalities, Östersund, Åre, and Krokom. The investment amounts to a total of SEK 70 million.

At present, only a small number of Swedish airports have the new technology, including Swedavia’s Stockholm Arlanda Airport and Gothenburg Landvetter Airport. Åre Östersund Airport, thus becoming Swedavia’s third airport and Swedavia’s first regional airport to have infrastructure and systems in this category for its airport.

(Photo: Swedavia)

Credit: Simon Ericson & Flyg24Nyheter
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