Flying to Stockholm

Stockholm is the capital of Sweden, and the most populous city in the Nordic region. Home to approximately 1.5 million people, the city is built across an extensive archipelago in the Baltic Sea. Read on to learn more about flying to this fascinating destination.

The Venice of Scandinavia

There is evidence that the Stockholm area has been settled as far back as the Stone Age. Founded as a city in 1252 by statesman Birger Jarl, today it functions as the cultural, political and economic center of Sweden.

The city is spread across 14 islands, with more than 50 bridges ensuring it remains a well-connected and essentially compact destination. Each neighborhood offers its own distinct character, however due to their close proximity you can easily spend time in several areas. Visitors can enjoy trend-setting design, innovative cuisine, awe-inspiring museums, fabulous shopping and pleasant parks, all wrapped in a charming Scandinavian atmosphere..

An Enchanting Blend of the Ancient and Modern

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Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s historic old town as seen from the air.

The old town, Gamla Stan, is one of Europe’s most arresting historic locations. With its Baroque-style palaces and narrow cobblestone streets, the area seems to have come straight from the pages of a storybook. Only a few meters from this unique time capsule lies the thriving and modern city center. Stockholm is a major business hub and economic powerhouse, accounting for more than a third of Sweden’s GDP. A recent Eurostat report places it in the top ten wealthiest regions in Europe.

Ferries and sightseeing boats shuttle passengers between the islands, providing a pleasant and convenient means of transport for tourists and locals alike. Another great way to explore the city is the Stockholm metro. Opened in 1950, it is famous worldwide for the unique decoration of its stations, and has been called the “longest art gallery in the world”.

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A boat tour offers a fantastic way to take in the city’s many sights.

Experience Living Tradition at Three UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Stockholm is home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Visit Birka, Drottningholm or the Woodland Cemetery, and you will feel as though you have traveled back in time to key periods which defined Sweden’s history.

Birka is a Viking outpost and archeological site, where you can come face to face with the legendary Nordic sea farers. A dig site and museum are located along a scenic boat ride on the sparkling waters of Lake Mälaren.

Drottningholm Palace is one of Stockholm’s most popular tourist attractions. Home to the Royal family since 1662, the palace includes a 300 year-old theater, the famous Chinese Pavilion and a magnificent park.

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Visit Drottningholm Palace, home to the Swedish Royal family since 1662.

The Woodland Cemetery offers a unique location for a quiet walk, and is used on a daily basis by many Stockholmers. The serene surroundings and beautiful architecture by Gunnar Asplund set a contemplative tone, and offer an oasis of calm just a short metro ride away from the hustle and bustle of the city..

Education and Culture

Some of Europe’s top ranking universities can be found in Stockholm, including the Stockholm School of Economics, the Karolinska Institute and the Royal Institute of Technology. Culture aficionados will appreciate the abundance of museums and art galleries on offer. These include the Vasa Museum One, the most visited non-art museum in the whole of Scandinavia.

Flying to Stockholm

The Royal Institute of Technology is one of northern mainland Europe’s foremost institutions for engineering and technology.

The Swedish capital also plays host to a number of important global events, including the annual Nobel Prize ceremonies which are held at the Stockholm Concert Hall.

The city is well-known for its vibrant nightlife. The streets come alive seven days a week with the buzz of restaurants, trendy bars and stylish clubs. This is especially true during the summer months, when Sweden enjoys extended daylight hours (the sun does not go down until well after 10:00pm).

Winter Wonderland

There is plenty to see and do during winter as well, despite the chilly weather.  One of the city’s enduringly popular tourist attractions is Skansen’s Christmas market. Dating back to 1903, it is held on weekends throughout December until Christmas Eve. Here, visitors can soak up the festive atmosphere and browse a selection of Swedish craft products, including traditional Christmas ornaments made of straw, handmade candles, sweets and seasonal fare such as smoked sausage, eel, pepparkakor (gingersnaps), glögg (local mulled wine) and saffron buns.

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Experience traditional Swedish festivities at a Stockholm Christmas Market.

Regardless of the time of year, Stockholm is a fascinating destination. Visitors are guaranteed a memorable weekend in one of Scandinavia’s most beautiful cities.

Flying to Stockholm

Landing permits and prior permission required (PPR) are not necessary for private non-revenue or charter (non-scheduled commercial) operations to Sweden.

Sweden is a member of the European Union (EU). Visas may be required for passengers and crew flying to Stockholm, depending upon the nationalities on board. Travel within the EU and Schengen countries does not require customs and immigration clearance, however this is mandatory for flights arriving from other regions.

Operators have a choice of two main airports when flying to Stockholm. Arlanda Airport (IATA: ARN, ICAO: ESSA) is the main commercial airport, and is located around 40km north of the city center. Bromma Airport (IATA: BMA, ICAO: ESSB) is approximately 10km west of central Stockholm. Both are available to General Aviation (GA) traffic, however Bromma has more restrictions in place. As a result, Arlanda is usually the preferred option for flying to Stockholm.

Arlanda Airport

ESSA is a 24-hour Airport of Entry (AoE), and has no noise or maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) restrictions. A full range of ground handling services are available, as well as a comfortable VIP lounge. Passengers and crew clear customs and immigration through the main terminal, however a dedicated fast-track lane can be arranged in advance (subject to additional fees). Scheduled commercial operations occasionally impact GA operations at ESSA, with delays in fuel uplifts being the main cause for concern. Peak times for commercial traffic are usually early morning and afternoon. Aircraft slots are required, and are subject to deviations of +/-15 minutes. Slots should be requested a few days in advance of arrival, with a minimum lead time of 24 hours. Aircraft parking is plentiful, and there are no restrictions on long-term parking. Hangarage is also available (subject to availability).

Bromma Airport

Operating hours at ESSB are 07:00 – 22:00 local time (Monday – Friday), 09:00 – 17:00 (Saturday), and 12:00 – 22:00 (Sunday). A minimum of four hours’ notice is required for customs and immigration arrangements. An 89dB noise restriction applies for all aircraft movements. Airport authorities may request a noise certificate prior to arrival if an aircraft is deemed likely to exceed this figure. Bromma Airport also requires the aircraft weight to be low enough that Vref will be 120kts or under, restricting the use of some larger aircraft. There are no limitations on aircraft parking, and a dedicated GA ramp area is available. If this is full, operators can make use of an additional remote parking area.

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