Sister airport agreement for Stockholm Arlanda and Beijing Capital

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Left: Swedavia CEO, Karl Wistrand, Right: Capital Airports Holding CEO, Liu Xuesong

Swedavia and Capital Airports Holding (CAH) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to establish a sister airport agreement between Stockholm Arlanda Airport and Beijing Capital International Airport.

The agreement is designed to share knowledge and best practice between Arlanda and Beijing and strengthen links between Sweden and China. It was signed on 24 February by the president and chief executive officer (CEO) at CAH, Liu Xuesong, and the Swedavia Group CEO, Karl Wistrand.

Xuesong says he hopes CAH will be able to learn from Swedavia how to make its operations more environmentally friendly. He says: “Capital Airports Holding Company attaches great importance to the sister airport relationship with Swedavia, and CAH is willing to learn the rich experiences of green airport, sustainable development and airport management from the counterpart.”

Wistrand says: “As environmental industry leaders we are hoping to be able to share best practices from our work on how to become a sustainable airport. It will also be beneficial for Arlanda to get Beijing Capital International Airports insights on airport infrastructure and a competitive airport city development.”

CAH owns or manages over 40 airports across eight provinces in Beijing Municipality, Tianjin Municipality, Jiang Xi province, Chongqing Municipality, Jilin province, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Heilongjiang province and Hebei province. Its airports handled 2.8 million tonnes of cargo in 2015. State-owned Swedavia owns Stockholm Arlanda Airport and Gothenburg Airport, and operates and develops 10 airports across Sweden.

CAH has confirmed its sister airport relationship with Finland’s Helsinki Airport. Helsinki’s operator, Finavia director of communications, Mikko Sarriaho says: “The MoU strengthens the relationship between the airports and enables the development of flights. For instance, we can share knowledge and best practices, create co-marketing activities, and develop the competence of our expert staff.”