Swedish airport operator Swedavia has taken part in a study that aims to promote fossil-free aviation in northern Sweden.

The project, ‘Fossil-free aviation in northern Sweden – a feasibility study’, has received a grant of $1.11m (Skr9.5m) from the Swedish Energy Agency.

It will be executed in collaboration with the BioFuel Region, Municipality of Umeå, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden and RISE Processum.

The project includes a case study of an electric air route between Åre Östersund Airport and Umeå Airport.

As part of the initiative, the partners will examine the conditions that are required for aviation fuelled by biofuels, hydrogen and electricity.

Besides, they will also survey sustainable value chains and study the settings at the airports for launching fossil-free fuels.

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Swedavia Umeå Airport (UME) airport director B-O Lindgren said: “For many years, Swedavia has been involved in and driven the transition to fossil-free aviation, which is absolutely crucial to the transport of the future, which includes aviation.

“We have driven this work through a number of initiatives and in collaboration with the rest of the aviation industry, with a focus on increasing the potential to choose sustainable aviation fuel. We are also working to prepare our airports for handling electric aircraft when these are available in the commercial market.”

In February 2020, Swedavia announced that it will implement a strategy for electric aviation in all the ten airports that it manages.

The airport operator planned to equip the airports to handle electric aircraft and introduce the first commercial electrified route by 2025.

Last year in autumn, the electric aviation project Green Flyway opened the premises for an international test facility at Åre Östersund Airport and Frösö Park for electric aircraft and unmanned aircraft systems (drones).

In a statement, Swedavia said: “As a result, Åre Östersund Airport (OSD) became the first of Swedavia’s ten airports to test and prepare the infrastructure to enable the transition to the increased electrification of aviation.”

In March, Swedavia announced that its airport operations across Sweden have become fossil-free.