Almost all of the country's 29 non-state-owned airports, is drawn with a heavy deficit, as the owner, often a municipality, may be used to cover it up for a while, the state operating grant is not available to me. In total, in the hundreds of millions, and soon be at risk of a number of them to be too expensive for local governments to bear, as the dagens nyheter earlier reported.
the minister for infrastructure, Tomas Eneroth describes it as a tough situation, especially after the erection has gone down at many of the resorts with fewer restrictions.
"It's clear that it's a challenge, not least because of the local and regional governments, which are involved in the financing of the business," he says, and continues:
" We are certainly in a state operating grant that we receive, and in some places, we have a service in which we are using state funds to procure the operation of the routes. But it's a tough situation when it becomes obvious the reduction of flights on some destinations.
at the beginning of 2018, work began on the so-called " flygplatsöversynen. An in-house project of the ministry of industry, which, with the help of, among other things, the Swedish transport administration to review the role of the state as a contributor to the domestic and international airports.
the Result should be clear, in the same year, and is presented in conjunction with the proposed action, pursuant to the acts of both the transport agency and the ministry of interior, as the DN been taking part in. However, both the investigators from the involved authorities, like the representatives of the industry argue that the results of the review have still not been seen.
" We are seeing the questions they ask that they take on, and can see the problem, but it has no effect, Peter Barry, managing director of the Swedish Regional Airports, I said in a previous interview with the DN.
it is not in the picture.
"Then maybe we'll talk about a little bit of a different review of the, we've got a work in progress within the government offices of sweden, where we conduct a review of the regional flygplatsstrukturen, and in which we are preparing or involved in the proposed actions that will be needed for the regional airports," he said.
He also highlights the two measures that have already been made. The first one is that the Swedish transport administration, in december, was commissioned to conduct a review. This time the focus is on the beredskapsflygplatser.
today, there are ten such, who are all committed to, in return for payment of a one-hour inställelseberedskap to be able to open up to, for example, a fire, or military aircraft. The review is partially in the wake of the most recent years of large fires, but also to ensure the totalförsvarsberedskap”.
as he mentions, is flygskattekompensationen. There is an additional allowance, in addition to the regular driftstöden, that is, the non-state-owned airports in the north of sweden can have on the deficit, which is caused by the flygskatten. In total, it was about 67 million in the last year.
However, in spite of the extraordinary levels of compensation will be the gap between the state contribution and the shortfall size, and Eneroth does not rule out that it may take more effort.
" It happens to things during the year, of course. However, I also see the need to be able to to discuss further effort, because it is a challenge for regional airports and are an essential part of the infrastructure that we have in Sweden. Not in the least out of the beredskapssynpunkt, " he said.<