Kiruna Airport is owned and operated by Swedavia, a commercial state owned company.
Swedavia will be operating Kiruna Airport from where the spacecrafts within Spaceport Sweden will take off. Most of the preparation activities will be taking place in Arena Arctica – a huge modern hangar of 6500 square metres. This massive hangar can accommodate craft up to the size of a Boeing 747, which is mainly used here for the different research projects carried out by visiting research teams from around the world. Arena Arctica is generously equipped with modern conveniences, and its sheer spaciousness has made it a popular facility for large trade shows, high-tech entertainment events and conferences.
By landing at Kiruna Airport, you are as far north as you can fly in Sweden, far above the Arctic Circle. Being situated in northern Sweden has definite advantages for flight. The limited amount of traffic around the airport is appreciated by companies and researchers alike, gladly coming here to test flight products and study the extreme climate and atmosphere above. A couple mentionable are NASA and Volvo. NASA carries out ozone research here and Volvo has established their winter testing activities of both personal vehicles and trucks on winter tracks adjacent the airport.
Kiruna Airport ia a vital part of the city since it opened in 1960. Being where Kiruna is, the population depends on good communications and the airport is a central player. The importance of good communications has become more evident in pace with the expanding tourism and research activities in the area. Kiruna Airport is today a base for a variety of different testing operations.