Delays at Arlanda airport after blackout

Stockholm's Arlanda airport was shut down to air traffic on Friday afternoon after a the airports runway lights were left darkened by a power outage.

Delays at Arlanda airport after blackout

“There are currently disruptions in air traffic to and from the Stockholm Arlanda Airport, due to problems with the power supply to parts of the airport,” the airport said on its website shortly after 3pm.

“Work is in progress to resolve the problem. Updated information will be published as soon as it becomes available.”

“We can’t have any planes land or take off,” Arlanda Anders Bredfell told the Expressen newspaper.

At 4.25pm, however, the airport announced on its website that its power problems had been fixed.

However, it cautioned that delays were possible and urged travelers to contact their airlines for further details.

“Right now there is a queue for flights arriving at Arlanda,” Per Fröberg, a spokesperson with Swedish aviation agency LFV (Luftfartsverket) told the TT news agency around 5pm on Friday.

“Imagine a stoppage on a motorway; even when things start moving again, there is a traffic jam.”

The problem arose shortly before 3pm on Friday afternoon, causing major headaches during one of the airport’s busiest times of the week.

Arlanda spokesperson Jan Lindqvist told Expressen that there are usually a total of 80 take offs and landings on Friday afternoon.

Regardless of how long it takes for the problem to be fixed, airport officials expect major delays.

The cause of the outage has yet to be determined.

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What’s the situation at Arlanda over the Ascension Day weekend? 

According to the airport operator Svedavia, the worst peak for the long weekend is probably over. “Today looks good with no long waiting time at Arlanda,” Ellen Laurin, the company’s press officer, told The Local on Friday. “Yesterday morning [Thusday], we had a morning peak before nine in the morning, and the rest of the day was OK.” 

According to Swedavia’s website, waiting times at security were less than five minutes on Friday morning.  

However, she warned that there could once again be big queues on Sunday when those who have travelled to Sweden over the long weekend make their way home. 

“Sunday is a big travel day when people will fly home again. There could be queues at peak times,” she said. “We recommend that passengers have a close contact with their airline for information about their flight. It is important to have extra time at the airport and to be prepared.  

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Which airports in other countries have problems? 

Arlanda is not the only airport facing problems due to delays staffing up again after the pandemic. On Friday morning, Twitter users were complaining of two-hour queues at the border control at Heathrow Airport in the UK, while at the UK’s Manchester Airport, passengers were reporting queues for security of up to two hours on Thursday. 

Dublin Airport is also facing regular two-hour queues at security. Amsterdam’s Schipol Airport had a 1km security queue on Thursday, pushing the Dutch airline KLM to cancel flights. 

Can I get compensation or insurance payments if I missed my flight due to the queues? 

The SAS airline has already underlined that it is their customers’ responsibility to make sure that they arrive at the airport in sufficiently good time to make their flight. 

“To be certain you can come with us, you should be in good time, and if you are in good time, you will manage to get your flight,” she told state broadcaster SR. “It is always the customer’s responsibility to be on your way as early as is necessary.”

People who miss flights are also likely to struggle to get payouts from travel insurance, warned Gabriella Hallberg, an expert on travel insurance at the Swedish Consumers’ Insurance Bureau. 

“If you’re at the airport and are hit by security controls that take a very long time, they consider that it is the consumer themselves who have not planned their journey,” she told SR

She said that it might be possible to find an insurance company that is willing to insure against flights missed due to security queues.