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14-Feb-2020 8:20 PM

Swedavia launches electric aviation strategy to enable first commercial electrified route by 2025

Swedavia launched (14-Feb-2020) a new electric aviation strategy, with the aim of enabling all 10 Swedavia airports to handle electric aircraft and to be able to place the first commercial electrified route in service by around 2025. A testing venue for electric aircraft and drones is planned to be put into operation at Ostersund Airport, with tests to be carried out between Ostersund and Røros Airport in Norway during autumn 2020. Swedavia CEO Jonas Abrahamsson said the company believes there is "good potential" for the first commercial electrified route in Sweden within five years. He added: "Longer term, the electrification of routes can be an important addition to today's scheduled traffic [and] can also lead to brand-new routes between regional centres, which would benefit access and regional growth as well as create a whole new business model for air transport". The operator aims to transition to fossil-free air transport for all services originating in Sweden by 2045. [more - original PR]

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