Ärna Airport, Uppsala, Sweden


Ärna Airport in Uppsala was inaugurated as a military airport in 1943 but has since 2004 been used solely for military exercises. In 2008, the company Uppsala Airport AB (formerly Uppsala Air AB), sent in an environmental permission application for civil flights to the county administrative board (Länsstyrelsen); hoping to expand the military airport to become a civil airport with focus on budget- and charter flights.

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Basic Data
NameÄrna Airport, Uppsala, Sweden
Accuracy of LocationHIGH local level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Infrastructure and Built Environment
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Ports and airport projects
Specific Commodities
Tourism services
Project Details and Actors
Project DetailsThe company has applied for a maximum of 23,400 flight movements (a flight movement is defined as a start and a landing) per year where a maximum of 15,000 flight movements can be heavy airplanes (meaning a total weight of above 7 tonnes).

Type of PopulationUrban
Start Date2009
Company Names or State EnterprisesUppsala Airport AB from Sweden
Faros Partners
Relevant government actorsThe County Administrative Board , Uppsala Municipality, The Land and Environment Court , Ministry of Environment , Ministry of Industry , The Armed Forces of Sweden
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersKlimataktion, www.klimataktion.se, Klimax, www.klimax.se, Nätverket för ett civilflygsfritt Ärna, Naturskyddsföreningen i Uppsala, http://www2.naturskyddsforeningen.se/kretsar-lan/uppsala/uppsalakrets/
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)LOW (some local organising)
When did the mobilization beginPREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups MobilizingLocal ejos
Local government/political parties
National EJOs
Forms of MobilizationCreation of alternative reports/knowledge
Involvement of national and international NGOs
Lawsuits, court cases, judicial activism
Media based activism/alternative media
Objections to the EIA
Official complaint letters and petitions
Public campaigns
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Noise pollution, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Groundwater pollution or depletion
Potential: Air pollution, Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Global warming, Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Soil contamination, Oil spills
Project StatusProposed (exploration phase)
Do you consider this as a success?Not Sure
Why? Explain briefly.No decision has been taken yet by the government. It is thus too early to say whether it is an Environmental Justice success or not.
Sources and Materials

Miljöbalken (1998:808),
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Jenny Jakobsson, 2010,

Klimatdebatten behöver feministiska förklaringar –

En feministisk, intersektionell objektivitetsanalys av Uppsalas kommunpolitikers uttalanden i klimatfrågan om Ärna flygplats, Bachelor thesis,

Centrum för Genusvetenskap

Uppsala Universitet


Nätverk lobbar för att Ärnafallet granskas, Uppsala Fria,
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Ärna Flygplats, Länsstyrelsen Uppsala Län,
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Fritt fram för lågprisflyg på Ärna i Uppsala, Dagens Nyheter,
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Regeringen måste säga nej, Uppsala Nya Tidning,
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FP säger ja till civilflyg på Ärna, Uppsala Nya Tidning,
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Uppsala Kommun säger nej till civilflyg på Ärna, Uppsala Nya tidning,
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Akademiska slutar använda egna brunnar, Uppsala Nya Tidning,
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Vi borde kunna enas om Ärna, Uppsala Nya Tidning,
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Nej till civilflyg på Ärna, Uppsala Nya Tidning,
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Uppsala Vatten står orubbad i Ärnafrågan, Uppsala Fria,
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Gift i vattnet kan komma från Ärna, Uppsala Nya Tidning,
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Försvaret kräver fortsatt utredning av miljögifter, Uppsalatidningen,
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Namninsamling mot civilflyg på Ärna, Uppsala Fria,
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ContributorLinda Dubec
Last update08/04/2014