Stockholm Arlanda Airport has been selected by US Customs and Border Protection (US CBP) as one of ten airports in the world to introduce so-called US preclearance. The announcement means that discussions between Sweden and US CBP will begin in order to ease connections between Sweden and the United States.
About 650 000 people travelled between Sweden and the United States in 2014. Currently five direct routes are offered between the two countries, and two more will start in the autumn.
About half of the passengers between Sweden and the United States go via other European airports such as Schiphol, Heathrow and Frankfurt. The announcement made on May 29 means that US border control will eventually be carried out at departure from Stockholm Arlanda Airport instead of upon arrival to the United States. Thereby travelling will be smoother and the conditions for more direct connections are strengthened.
Torborg Chetkovich, Group CEO of airport operator Swedavia commented: “US preclearance strengthens Stockholm Arlanda Airport’s role as the hub for aviation in Scandinavia. Our application has been greatly supported by both the Swedish Government and the business world, and we will now move ahead with full speed in order to attract more direct routes to Stockholm Arlanda Airport.”