Personal stories about the possibilities of aviation
Here you can read stories from prominent people about how air travel has taken them outside Sweden and the possibilities it has created for them as individuals, the companies they work for and Sweden as a nation. We have gathered articles in a printed anthology (in Swedish) which you can order here.
KJELL A NORDSTRÖM – Industrial economist and author
They’re there. We’re here. If we’re to compete with the blue banana, it’s not enough to be just as good, because then everyone will stay where they are. We have to be better. The basic principle is the same for an athlete – we need to be 2–4 per cent better.
CEO of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce
If I were a politician, I would contemplate the right combination of carrot and stick to get large-scale production under way, in order to transform Swedish domestic air travel as a first step. People in the industry say this can be done in 10–15 years, but it won’t happen on its own.
Politician, Centre Party
After 2060, there may be four million people living in the region, surpassing Copenhagen. We won’t be a megacity like London or Paris, but we’ll be the perfect size without the disadvantages of a megacity in terms of distances and crowding.
DARJA ISAKSSON – Strategy in digital transformation
I want to be able to test innovative services at Arlanda not in ten years but in three years.
President of Volvo Bus
We know that roughly three million people die each year due to air pollution. Electrically-powered transport is environmentally-friendly and efficient, and a switch to this would entail a considerable reduction in air pollution.
Social Democratic politician, mayor of Stockholm, municipal counsellor for finance and chair of the City Executive Board.
What I would like to see now is the development of Arlanda. I would like to see a fourth runway, and the region has to give things a push now.
CEO of Skanska
We can’t minimise our investment. Instead we have to look at the life cycle cost, investments, maintenance and refurbishments and then connect that to income streams.
GERT WINGÅRDH – Architect
Arlanda should feel Swedish since it should feel like the place people are travelling to. The question is what’s distinctive about Sweden?
DANICA KRAGIC JENSFELT
Professor of computer science
As long as we build bodies like the human body and develop capabilities based on sensor data that function the same way our senses do, then I see no limits. It’s more a matter of what the solutions are, a mobile robot, or a solution with intelligence integrated into different aspects of an airport. They’re available to some extent today.
At the time of the interview, county council commissioner. Now appointed by the Swedish government to serve as national coordinator for large-scale housing developments
And Arlanda can continue to grow, but that depends on whether we’re successful in dealing with climate change. The challenge now is to find solutions for the production of environmentally-friendly fuels, without increasing fuel costs.
OLA ROLLÉN – President and CEO Hexagon
Ola Rollén leads a company that operates in more than 40 countries. He is based in Hong Kong, the company is headquartered in Stockholm, and London is the natural meeting place for senior management. He thinks air traffic to and from Stockholm needs to be taken seriously even from a political point of view.
Professor of Marketing
Travelling will be a crucial source of inspiration when the major social problems of our time are to be solved. To efficiently travel from A to B is important, but the biggest gains lie in what the trip will bring in the next stage.