Visby Airport

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Visby Airport

Visby flygplats
Visby flygplats ingången från parkeringen Visby Sweden.jpg
Airport typePublic (Luftfartsverket)
LocationGotland, Sweden
Elevation AMSL164 ft / 50 m
Coordinates57°39′46″N 018°20′46″E / 57.66278°N 18.34611°E / 57.66278; 18.34611Coordinates: 57°39′46″N 018°20′46″E / 57.66278°N 18.34611°E / 57.66278; 18.34611
VBY is located in Gotland
Location within Gotland
Direction Length Surface
m ft
03/21 2,000 6,562 Asphalt
10/28 1,100 3,609 Grass
Statistics (2016)
Passengers total463,616
Domestic passengers448,784
European passengers11,428
Intercontinental passengers2,892
Statistics: Transportstyrelsen[2] [3]

Visby Airport (IATA: VBY, ICAO: ESSV), is located about 3.5 kilometres (2.2 mi) north of Visby, Gotland, Sweden.

Visby airport is Gotland's only commercial airport and the 12th largest airport in Sweden. The airport had 463,616 passengers in 2016.[2] The traffic has a large seasonal variation with many more passengers in the summer; in 2016 it had 18,070 passengers in January and 57,302 in July. During the Almedalen Week the airport is slot coordinated.[4]


The old terminal at Visby airport

Visby Airport was opened on 27 January 1942. The first aircraft to land was a Junkers Ju 52/3m named Göteland from AB Aerotransport.[5] In October the same year regular traffic between Visby and the Swedish mainland started, in the beginning mostly with Ju 52s. In 1958 a new terminal building, a new control tower and a new runway made of asphalt was inaugurated. A runway which also featured a railway crossing. The current terminal and control tower opened in 1985.

Airlines and destinations[edit]


BRA Braathens Regional Airlines Göteborg, Malmö, Stockholm–Bromma
Seasonal: Helsinki, Sundsvall, Ängelholm--Helsingborg
FinnairSeasonal: Helsinki
Norwegian Air ShuttleSeasonal: Stockholm–Arlanda
Seasonal charter: Chania, Corfu, Rhodes
Scandinavian AirlinesStockholm–Arlanda
SunClass Airlines Seasonal charter: Palma de Mallorca[6]


Amapola Flyg Stockholm–Arlanda[7]
Nord-Flyg Stockholm-Skavsta


Busiest routes to and from Visby Airport (2018)[8]
Rank Airport Passengers handled % change
1  Sweden, Stockholm-Arlanda, Stockholm-Bromma 390,391 Decrease 3.0
2  Sweden, Gothenburg 32,426 Decrease 7.3
3  Sweden, Malmö 20,767 Decrease 11.2
4  Finland, Helsinki 4,057 Increase 9.4
5  Sweden, Ängelholm 2,581 Decrease 3.7
Countries with most handled passengers to/from Visby Airport (2018)
Rank Country Passengers Change
1  Greece 4,217 Increase47.5%
2  Finland 4,057 Increase9.4%
3  Spain 2,024 Decrease25.3%
4  Norway 1,552 Increase53.4%
Traffic by calendar year[2]
Year Passenger volume Change Domestic Change International Change
2018 467,855 Decrease04.8% 454,483 Decrease04.2% 13,402 Decrease017.2%
2017 491,503 Increase06.0% 474,684 Increase05.7% 16,189 Increase09.1%
2016 463,616 Increase07.5% 448,784 Increase08.0% 14,832 Decrease08.3%
2015 431,430 Increase06.0% 415,251 Increase06.5% 16,179 Decrease06.0%
2014 406 998 389,793 17,205

Other aviation[edit]

Apart from the commercial aviation at Visby airport, there is also a flying club and a parachuting club based at the airport. And the Swedish Maritime Administration has a search and rescue helicopter based in Visby.

Unusual railroad crossing[edit]

Map of the airport in Visby.

Before the railroad was closed down on the island of Gotland, the main line from Visby to the northern parts of the island actually crossed the runway. It was one of the few airports in the world where this happened. [9] The railway traffic was ended in 1960 and the tracks removed a few years later.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "ESSV – Visby" (PDF). AIP Sverige/Sweden. Norrköping: The LFV Group. 23 August 2012. pp. AD 2 ESSV 1-1..8. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 January 2011. Retrieved 21 October 2012.
  2. ^ a b c "Flygplatsstatistik". Transportstyrelsen. Retrieved 16 February 2017.
  3. ^ "Statistics". Swedavia. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 March 2012. Retrieved 17 March 2012.
  4. ^ Carlsson, Anders. "Almedalsveckan sätter nya rekord i Visby". Flygtorget (in Swedish). Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  5. ^ Hammarhjelm, Bengt (1999). Beredskap på Gotland 175 år: 1811-1986 (in Swedish) (2nd, utök. uppl., jämte komplement till 2000 ed.). Visby: Ödin. p. 164. ISBN 91-85716-84-7. LIBRIS 7751982.
  6. ^ "Flight".
  7. ^
  8. ^ "Statistik". Retrieved 2019-04-16.
  9. ^ "Gotland 65 år före Stockholm". Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish). Archived from the original on November 11, 2010.

External links[edit]

Media related to Visby Airport at Wikimedia Commons