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  • ESSA - Stockholm/Arlanda

  • Note: Essential information is written in bold face.

    Stockholm Arlanda Airport is Stockholm’s main airport and the largest and busiest airport in Sweden. It is located around 40 km north of the city of Stockholm. The airport was officially opened in 1962, although the first aircraft had landed there several years earlier. Arlanda is serviced by over 70 airlines with around 170 destinations. Around 26 million people pass through the airport annually. Arlanda is also an important cargo hub.

    Arlanda originally had two runways (01/19 and 08/26). A third runway, 01R/19L, was opened in 2003 to the east of the airport.

    Charts and AIP information

    Local Regulations

    IFR clearance

    At first contact with Clearance Delivery state type of aircraft, stand position and latest received ATIS transmission including identification letter and QNH.

    If a different runway than the runway-in-use is required for performance reasons, this request shall be made in connection with the request for IFR clearance.

    If unable to follow FMS/RNAV SID, inform ATC when requesting clearance. Expect to be assigned a SID and to follow the “unable RNAV SID instruction” given in the SID chart.

    Some SID designators are based on a point just before the first flight planned point. For example, if flight planned via ARS and departing RWY 19L the SID could be ARS 5E or ABENI 5Q. Be careful to fly the correct departure.

    Note that unless otherwise instructed, aircraft cleared via SID shall climb to 5000 ft.

    Between 0600 and 2200 local time, low speed aircraft (this includes most propeller driven aircraft except some fast aircraft such as Saab 2000 and Dash 8-Q400, and some noisy aircraft such as Lockheed C-130 and HS-748) are normally cleared via radar vectoring with initial climb clearance to 3000 ft instead of SID.

    Startup approval

    When simulating A-CDM departure procedures, Clearance Delivery will give a Target Startup Approval Time or TSAT. Report ready to Clearance Delivery within TSAT +/- 5 minutes. Clearance Delivery will give instruction to contact the appropriate Ground frequency. Ground will give approval for startup, and for push-back where required.


    Push-back is generally required for all jet aircraft, unless parked at Terminal 3, at Ramp R stand R9C, Ramp G stand G149 or Ramp S stand S71-S79.

    If a TSAT has been issued, startup and push-back should be requested within TSAT +/- 5 minutes.

    Use of transponder

    The assigned transponder code shall be selected and the transponder activated at the request for push-back. After landing, the transponder shall remain activated until reaching the parking stand and be switched off immediately after parking.


    Unless otherwise instructed by ATC, the standard taxi routes for arrival and departure shall be followed.

    Note: Taxi clearances will normally not include the complete taxi route, as pilots are expected to follow the standard taxi routes. When RWY 01R/19L is in use, pilots will be instructed to use TWY W or U.

    Take-off and climb

    Contact Stockholm Control when instructed by TWR.
    On initial contact with Stockholm Control report altitude to verify transponder Mode C readout.

    If unable to follow FMS/RNAV SID, inform Stockholm Control on initial contact using the phraseology “unable RNAV SID.”


    Observe the maximum flight levels at the TMA entry points. Plan your descent into Stockholm TMA according to the level restrictions depicted on the STAR charts.

    RNAV arrivals and approaches

    RNAV arrivals and approaches are available and can be requested from ATC.

    Speed restrictions

    Maximum speed in Stockholm TMA below FL100 is 250 knots, unless otherwise instructed by ATC.

    Aircraft shall maintain minimum 160 knots until OM or 4 NM final or advise ATC if unable.

    Visual approach

    Visual approach is only permitted if approach aids are unserviceable or to avoid significant weather conditions.

    Missed approach

    Missed approach procedures have a level-off altitude of 1500 ft. Do not climb above this altitude unless cleared by ATC.


    Helicopters will normally be instructed to take off and land using any runway. Taxiing/hovering to and from parking via standard taxi routes unless otherwise instructed.

    Use of runways

    The runway combinations used at Arlanda are based primarily on flight safety, traffic intensity, noise abatement procedures, and wind and visibility. Request for a different runway can be made for performance reasons only.

    During peak hours expect one of the following runway combinations:
    – Landing RWY 01R / Departure RWY 01L
    – Landing RWY 19L / Departure RWY 19R

    Off-peak the following runway combinations are the most common:
    – Landing RWY 26 / Departure RWY 19R
    – Landing RWY 19R / Departure RWY 08 (Right turn out)
    – Landing RWY 01L / Departure RWY 08 (Left turn out)
    – Landing RWY 26 / Departure RWY 01L (VMC)
    – Landing RWY 01R / Departure RWY 01L (IMC)

    – Landing RWY 08 or Departure RWY 26 is only used if no other alternatives are available.
    – At night (between 22 and 07 local time) Departure RWY 19R is only available for performance reasons.

    The airport website shows the actual gate for each individual flight. Below is a general list of airlines at each terminal.

    Terminal 2 – International – stand 61-69

    Air Baltic, Air France, British Airways, CSA, Easyjet, Iberia, KLM, Vueling

    Terminal 3 – Closed UFN, parking stands are used as remote stands – stand 52-58


    Terminal 4 – Schengen flights only – stand 32-44

    Ryanair, Norwegian, SAS

    Terminal 5 – Schengen and non-Schengen – stand 1-20 and F28-F44

    All airlines not using Terminal 2

    Apron G – stand G141-G149

    Remote parking, mainly for international flights, mostly turboprops

    Apron H and J – stand H82-H89 and J51-J54

    Maintenance and long-term parking

    Apron K – stand K1-K5

    Large GA, VIP flights and long-term parking

    Apron L

    Patria Helicopters (maintenance facility), Swedish Police helicopters

    Apron R – stand R3-R10

    All cargo airlines

    Apron S – stand S1-S81

    GA, cargo and small turboprops

    ID – Frequency – Callsign – Remarks

    ESSA_ATIS – 119.000 – Arlanda ATIS

    ESSA_DEL – 121.825 – Arlanda Clearance Delivery – IFR clearance only
    ESSA_W_GND/ESSA_GND* – 121.700 – Arlanda Ground – startup, pushback and taxi, west sector
    ESSA_N_GND – 121.925 – Arlanda Ground – startup, pushback and taxi (north sector)
    ESSA_E_GND – 121.975 – Arlanda Ground – startup, pushback and taxi (east sector)
    ESSA_W_TWR/ESSA_TWR* – 118.500 – Arlanda Tower – RWY 01L/19R and CTR sector W
    ESSA_E_TWR – 128.725 – Arlanda Tower – RWY 08/26 and CTR sector E
    ESSA_S_TWR – 125.125 – Arlanda Tower – RWY 01R/19L

    ESSA_E_APP/ESSA_APP* – 126.650 – Stockholm Approach – Stockholm TMA sector East
    ESSA_W_APP – 123.750 – Stockholm Approach – Stockholm TMA sector West
    ESSA_DEP – 124.100 – Stockholm Departure – DEP frequency for jet traffic
    ESSA_F_APP – 120.500 – Stockholm Arrival – final director

    ESOS_1_CTR/ESOS_CTR – 118.400 – Sweden Control – ACC sector responsible if no local ATC is available

    *Main position

    Airspace classification
    TMA and CTR: Class C

  • Scenery

    ORBX (payware, for FSX/P3D – the newest and most accurate scenery for ESSA)
    Mega Airport Stockholm Arlanda (payware, for FSX and FS2004)
    Swedflight (freeware, for FS2004)
    Accurate AFCAD file to replace default scenery (freeware, for FSX/P3D)

    Use of default scenery is NOT recommended since taxiways, parking stands and RWY 01R/19L are not placed correctly in default scenery. Please avoid using default scenery by downloading the AFCAD file above.

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