Stockholm Västerås Airport, also known as Hässlö Flygplats (IATA: VST, ICAO: ESOW) is a minor international airport located near the city of Västerås in Sweden, 110 km (70 mi) west of Stockholm Municipality and Stockholm County.
Stockholm Västerås Airport
|Operator||Västerås Flygplats AB|
|Elevation AMSL||6 m / 21 ft|
Statistics: Swedish Transport Agency
In 1931 the area started to be used as a military airbase. In 1976 the airport, bought by the city, started to be used for civilian flights, the first route was by Scandinavian Airlines to Copenhagen.
In 2001, Ryanair started flights, the first route led to London-Stansted. In 2006 Ryanair left the airport, but returned again in 2007. The same year Scandinavian Airlines ended their flights from Västerås. The airport also played an important role during the 2014 Västmanland wildfire, serving as a base for water bombers and rescue helicopters.
On 13 May 2020, the Västerås city council decided to close down the airport. The airport company should end all activities no later than 31 December 2022. This is due to annual losses and need for annual financing from the city, worsened by the coronavirus outbreak. However, a local referendum was held on the matter on 21 March 2021, with the result that scheduled air traffic shall not end.
The airport has extensive general aviation traffic. Of the 17,737 landings in 2014, 94% constituted general aviation, according to the Swedish CAA (Transportstyrelsen). That includes hospital flights, flight training, private flights, corporate flights and air taxi. A multitude of operators are based at Stockholm-Västerås Airport. Among these are maintenance workshops, helicopter businesses, flight schools, flight clubs and an aviation museum.
Airlines and destinationsEdit
|Ryanair|| London–Stansted |
Seasonal: Alicante, Málaga
Travel from the airport to Stockholm Central Station may be done via Flygbussarna, private bus coach service, and takes approximately one and a half hours. There is also a local city bus to the Västerås Central Station, which has trains to Stockholm and more cities.
- "Statistics for swedish airports 2018".
- Jenny Berggren (2020-05-14). "Västerås flygplats läggs ned". SVT Nyheter (in Swedish). Retrieved 2020-05-17.
- Information om genomförd folkomröstning
- "Statistics for swedish airports 2014". www.transportstyrelsen.se. Swedish CAA (Transportstyrelsen). Retrieved 9 March 2015.
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