The Swedish Civil Aviation Administration has commissioned the new remote tower centre (RTC) at Stockholm Arlanda Airport (ARN) for distant air traffic control (ATC) at some Swedavia airports.

Kiruna Airport (KRN) has become the first of Swedavia’s airports to be managed from RTC Stockholm, marking its introduction of remote tower services.

Before the end of 2022, three other Swedavia airports, namely Åre Östersund Airport (OSD), Umeå Airport (UME) and Malmö Airport (MMX), are expected to launch remote air traffic services.

A declaration of intent was signed by LFV and Swedavia in 2016 to study the feasibility of remote air traffic control.

In November 2017, an agreement was reached to set up remote air traffic control at the four airports.

LFV director general Ann Persson Grivas said: “We are proud and pleased to be able to open RTC Stockholm for remote air traffic control. This is the result of a close and productive collaboration with our client, Swedavia.

“The excellent cooperation we have enjoyed with the Swedish Transport Agency throughout the approval process has also been a key factor in the success of the venture.”

Swedavia president and CEO Jonas Abrahamsson said: “Naturally, it is gratifying that after many years of intense work and collaboration with the Swedish Civil Aviation Administration we are now taking the first step towards remote tower services at our airports,”

Aerospace company Saab has developed the new remote tower services at Kiruna Airport.

The airport has been deployed with the Saab r-TWR system, which comprises 14 high-resolution cameras and sensors positioned on a mast, offering a 360-degree view of the airport.

Saab Digital Air Traffic Solutions (SDATS) will later install the second generation of digital air traffic control towers at the other three Swedavia airports.