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Stockholm-Bromma Airport, Stockholm, Sweden

May 31st, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

Stockholm-Bromma Airport (IATA: BMA, ICAO: ESSB) is an airport in Stockholm, Sweden. It opened in 1936 and was the first airport in Europe to have paved runways. The airport terminal and parking have recently undergone renovations.

During the 1930s the need for a proper airport for Stockholm, capital city of Sweden became urgent. The airport was opened in 1936 by King Gustav V, and was the first airport with asphalt runways in Europe. During the second world war Swedish and British aircraft flew to the United Kingdom from Bromma airport. Since these flights sometimes carried Norwegian and Danish refugees the airport became of interest for German spies and two aircraft that had taken off from Bromma were shot down by the Germans during the war. After the war the airport flourished, two noted airlines that operated from the airport were Aktiebolaget Aerotransport (ABA) which subsequently became the Swedish partner in Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) and Linjeflyg (the Swedish main domestic airline which was later acquired by SAS).

With the opening of Stockholm-Arlanda Airport in 1960, SAS moved there, and Linjeflyg followed in 1983. Bromma became the domain of business jets, general aviation and flight schools in addition to government use of the facility. Several of the old hangars were separated from the airport area and turned into an outdoors shopping center adjacent to the airport. With the start of operations by Malmö Aviation with services to Gothenburg, Malmö and London City Airport the airport has experienced something of a renaissance. In 2002 a new control tower was put into use on Ranhammarshöjden and the terminal which had become rundown after years of use was completely renovated. The airport underwent further improvements in 2005 and is now capable of separating passengers arriving from within and outside of the Schengen area.

[Source: Wikipedia]

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