Airports of Norrköping, Jönköping, Kalmar, Skellefteå and Karlstad jointly procured air traffic services ("ATM"). The contracts was won by the Swedish company ACR Aviation Capacity Resources AB (ACR), which currently manages air traffic services at Örebro Airport, Vasteras Airport, Växjö / Smaland Airport and Trollhättan Vänersborg Airport. The five new airports together will save about 36 million SEK over the six-year contract period, compared to what they paid prior to competition.
-Air traffic services are the single most expensive costs at medium sized airports and can be crucial to a smaller airport surviving financially, says Wilhelm Wohlfahrt, CEO of ACR Aviation Capacity Resources AB.
The contracts cover both air traffic services (ATS) and meteorological observation services (MET). About 35 ATC work at the towers at the airports that ACR takes over. All 35 ATC will be offered employment with ACR.
-We look forward to 35 new colleagues, says Wilhelm Wohlfahrt, CEO of ACR Aviation Capacity Resources AB.
May 2010, Parliament decided to abolish LFV monopoly on local air traffic services and open the market to competition. ACR have won mandates in all tenders in Sweden, since the opening of the market. From 2014, ACR will be responsible for local air traffic service at a quarter of Sweden's 36 civil airports and have a market share of about 12%.
The market turnover for air navigation services in Sweden is approximately 900 million SEK annually. The costs of air navigation services have been reduced by a third at the airports that ACR run today. The deregulation of the market for ATS is part of the EU's efforts to open up the European air traffic services market. Today the market is competitive in Denmark, Germany, Spain, the UK and Sweden. More countries are moving in the same direction