Göteborg City Airport
|Göteborg City Airport|
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Göteborg City Airport (IATA: GSE, ICAO: ESGP), formerly (and still informally) known as Säve Flygplats, was Gothenburg's second international airport, located 5 NM (9.3 km; 5.8 mi) north-west from the centre of Gothenburg on the island of Hisingen, Bohuslän, Sweden. It is located within the borders of Gothenburg Municipality, hence its name. In addition to commercial airlines, the airport was also used by a number of rescue services, including the Swedish Coast Guard. Due to damages to the runway and the high costs of repair, the airport was closed down for passenger traffic indefinetely on 18 January 2015.
Although it was primarily a low-cost airline airport, it is actually located closer to Gothenburg city centre than the main (Göteborg Landvetter Airport with 5.0 million passengers in 2013), even if the driving time is around the same. It is one of the few city airports Ryanair operates to. Göteborg City Airport was able to handle planes up to the size of a Boeing 767, an Airbus A320, or similar jets. The airport still accommodates General Aviation activities, including two flying clubs, Aeroklubben i Göteborg and Chalmers flygklubb.
DFDS Seaways cited competition from low-cost air services, especially Ryanair (which now flies to Glasgow Prestwick and London Stansted from Gothenburg City Airport), as being a reason for its scrapping the Newcastle-Gothenburg ferry service in October 2006. It was the only dedicated passenger ferry service between Sweden and the United Kingdom, and had been running since the 19th century (under various operators).
In 1940, a military airbase called F9 Säve was built here. The airbase was closed down in 1969. In 1977, the old airport Torslanda (about 10 km south of Säve) was closed down, and scheduled flights moved to Landvetter, and general aviation was moved to Säve. In 1984, the runway was improved and extended to allow larger business jets etc.
In 2001, the airport was renamed City Airport, and Ryanair started operating scheduled flights to London. Prior to the arrival of Ryanair in 2001, the airport had 9,000 passengers per year. 844,000 passengers flew from City Airport in 2008.
In 2004, the Swedish Armed Forces entirely left the airport, when a helicopter squadron of the Swedish Marines was shut down. Although it still lodges a museum called Aeroseum, keeping various fighter jets and showing military aircraft history.
On 26 November 2014, the airport had to ban all heavier aircrafts, such as Boeing 737. The reason was that the taxiway did not fulfil requirements on ability to carry heavy aircrafts. This meant that all flights operated by Ryanair, Wizz Air and Gotlandsflyg were diverted to Landvetter Airport. The lighter planes flown by Sparrow Aviation were allowed by fly after one day's ban. For the first days, most passengers still cleared security at Gothenburg City Airport before being transferred by bus. Later all checkin was done at Landvetter Airport for diverted flights.
The airport was planned to remain closed to the mentioned operators until at least end of January 2015. However, on 13 January 2015 the decision was published to close the airport permanently for passenger traffic, due to high costs for fixing the runway/taxiway problem. Sparrow Aviation, using lighter planes, continued to use City Airport until 18 January 2015.
Airlines and destinations
Due to the aforementioned issues there is no longer any passenger traffic scheduled. All airlines relocated to Göteborg Landvetter Airport, except Sparrow Aviation which terminated the Göteborg-Stockholm flights.
It is possible to use normal suburban buses (Västtrafik), which stop at the main road 600 m from the terminal ( ). The bus stop is named "Säve Flygplats" and is served by bus number 36 starting from Hjalmar Brantingsplatsen once per hour. However tickets must be pre-bought, since they are not sold on board, nor at the airport. Västtrafik card and passes are valid for this bus. With a mobile phone having a Swedish operator, a ticket can be bought through a text message, but not if using a foreign mobile phone.
Taxis and rental cars are available at the airport. To find the airport driving yourself, use the exit 82 on the E6 north of the city. Long and short term parking are available.
- EAD Basic
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- "DFDS scraps Newcastle-Gothenburg line", The Local, 7 September 2006: "Danish shipping company DFDS Seaways is to scrap the only passenger ferry route between Sweden and Britain, with the axing of the Gothenburg-Newcastle route at the end of October."
- Inriktning avseende Göteborg City Airport beslutad (Swedish)
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