Sustainability - Scandinavian Mountains Airport

Scandinavian Mountains Airport is located on the Swedish-Norwegian border in the heart of Scandinavians largest alpine ski resorts. The Airport is built on the the site of Sälen aerodrome from the 1970’s. The strategic position of the airport allows for easy access to both Norwegian and Swedish ski-fields which are used both during winter and the summer when other activities such as mountain biking take over. In this region tourism is of extreme importance to the local economy and sustainability is a key component of long-term tourism. Scandinavian Mountains Airport has a vision to be a world leader in regards to sustainability for an Airport of its size.

Scandinavian Mountains Airport is a regional initiative in a relatively remote region of the country where regional development is of extreme importance for creating long term growth through employment and an increase in the locally based population. Scandinavian Mountains Airport is 100% privately owned with a strong local ownership from companies on both sides of the border. Tourism has become of significant importance to the economy of both Sweden and Norway. The industry is staff intensive and gives vital opportunities for employment across a wide range of demographic backgrounds.

Scandinavian Mountains Airport has been built to create accessability to this region which today is void of any air traffic services. Reduction of carbon emissions is a key focus of the airport and we strive to see this reduction achieved through better practices and advances in technology. An increasing use of electric vehicles is for example a key part of this strategy going forward. During the construction of the Airport, all earthworks excavations on the airport site are taken hand of and used in other areas of the airport precinct. LED lighting is to be installed across the entire airport and thermal heating will be used for the terminal and maintenance buildings.

Once in operation, airport charges will be applied to airlines relative to the type of aircraft. Hence, more modern aircraft which are quieter and more fuel efficient will pay lesser charges than airlines using older aircraft equipment.

Scandinavian Mountains Airport is a member of the industry organisation Swedish Regional Airports. One of the goals of the organisation is to reach a carbon free environment. The regional airports shall strive to reach this goal by 2030. Read more at:

Globally, the emissions of carbon dioxide from the airlines industry represent around two percent of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions. The overall climate impact is estimated to correspond to approximately four percent of global carbon dioxide emissions due to the fact that parts of the emissions are at high altitudes. In Sweden, the carbon dioxide emissions of air traffic account for about five percent of Sweden’s total carbon dioxide emissions. The climate impact when sitting in a full airplane is about the same as if you drive the same distance in a standard car by yourself.