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SDATS achieves a double first at Scandinavian Mountains

16 April 2018
Scandinavian Mountains Airport is under construction in Malung-Sälen, to open in late 2019–20 with fully digital air traffic services. Source: Scandinavian Mountains Airport AB

Scandinavian Mountains Airport in Sweden will be the first greenfield airport in the world to begin operations without a staffed tower when it opens in the winter 2019-20 season.Pictured signing the digital tower contract were SDATS CEO Johan Klintberg (right) and Brett Weihart, CEO of Scandinavian Mountains Airport. (Scandinavian Mountains Airport AB)Pictured signing the digital tower contract were SDATS CEO Johan Klintberg (right) and Brett Weihart, CEO of Scandinavian Mountains Airport. (Scandinavian Mountains Airport AB)

Saab Digital Air Traffic Services (SDATS), a joint venture between Saab and Swedish air navigation service provider LFV, is providing its R-TWR digital tower technology, enabling traffic at the airport in Malung-Sälen to be handled 270 km away at the SDATS Remote Tower Centre (RTC) in Sundsvall.

SDATS is not only installing the equipment, but it is also delivering air navigation services (ANS) on demand for the first time under a 10-year contract from airport operator Scandinavian Mountains Airport AB. The value of the deal was undisclosed.

The R-TWR equipment to be installed at the new airport is similar to previous deployments in Sweden. “We’re trying to standardise the whole operational concept, as well as the equipment, in order to achieve economies of scale,” SDATS CEO Johan Klintberg told Jane’s .

Scandinavian Mountains will predominantly handle seasonal winter traffic for tourists visiting the nearby ski resorts of Sälen and Idre (in Sweden), as well as Tryskil and Engerdal (in Norway). Indeed, local ski resort operators have a stake in Scandinavian Mountains Airport AB, along with tourism authorities in Sweden and Norway.

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