“Majority in the Riksdag does not want to close Bromma prematurely”

A majority in the Riksdag wants to deprive the government of power over which airports are to be considered the most important in the country. It opens up for the Riksdag to prevent the government from winding up Bromma prematurely.

– I expect the government to go out and say that it has now understood that a majority in the Riksdag does not want to close Bromma prematurely and that they therefore put all such plans aside, says Maria Stockhaus, traffic policy spokesperson for the Moderates, to TT.

It was last month that M raised the initiative that, simply put, the Riksdag should deprive the government of power over the so-called basic supply of airports in Sweden. The four bourgeois parties and the Sweden Democrats are behind the initiative and have a majority in the traffic committee.

The basic offer includes airports such as Arlanda, Bromma and Landvetter and another seven airports. Now it is up to the government to decide who will be included in the basic offer. A precondition for winding up Bromma prematurely is that the government removes it from the basic offer. Only then could state-owned Swedavia initiate a liquidation.

Ask first

The proposal for an announcement to the Government from the Riksdag and its Transport Committee states that the Government must ask the Riksdag for approval first, before changes are made to the national basic offer. A decision on the announcement can be made this autumn.

– It should be treated urgently considering how the government has acted, says Maria Stockhaus.

She refers to the fact that the government surprisingly announced this spring that it wants to wind up Bromma prematurely and move operations and traffic to Arlanda. Environmentalists celebrated with cake, which did not go down well with the opposition in the Riksdag.

Out for consultation

A majority in the Riksdag stated once again that the government should stop and wait with a decisive decision on Bromma, which was above all important for domestic traffic in a number of locations. But Minister of Infrastructure Tomas Eneroth (S) had an investigator analyze and make proposals on how an orderly decommissioning of Bromma could go. Last August, investigator Magnus Persson submitted his proposals. The investigation is now out for consultation.

Magnus Persson judged that the government and the Riksdag could sometime next year make a decision on how the liquidation can take place and that it could be completed sometime in 2025–2027.

In support of closing down Bromma, the government has shown an analysis made by Swedavia that it would not be commercially justified to run Bromma further. In addition, according to the company, there are conditions for gathering traffic at Arlanda.

Is incorrectly timed

The opposition has objected that it is the wrong time to make irreversible decisions about Bromma without knowing when, if and how quickly air traffic and travel can recover after the landslide during the pandemic. The traffic is still at a level that is 60 percent during the time before the pandemic.

Left-wing party member Jens Holm is chairman of the traffic committee. He thinks it is high time to wind up Bromma.

– We think it should be closed down. The major weakness of the initiative from the majority is that it does not answer how Bromma is to be financed. Bromma will be at a loss for the foreseeable future, says Holm.

– If you take an initiative like this, you must be clear that you want to subsidize Bromma with several hundred million every year. If people were to hear that, they would realize the illogicality of having two airports in Stockholm.

Source: Nyteknik – Senaste nytt by www.nyteknik.se.

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