Svea Airport

Svea Airport

Svea flyplass
Sveagruva IMG 4454.JPG
Airport typePrivate
OperatorStore Norske Spitsbergen Kulkompani
ServesSveagruva, Svalbard, Norway
Elevation AMSL10 m / 32 ft
Coordinates77°53′49″N 016°43′30″E / 77.89694°N 16.72500°E / 77.89694; 16.72500Coordinates: 77°53′49″N 016°43′30″E / 77.89694°N 16.72500°E / 77.89694; 16.72500
ENSA is located in Svalbard
Direction Length Surface
m ft
04/22 800 2,625 Gravel

Svea Airport (Norwegian: Svea flyplass; ICAO: ENSA) is a private airport located in and serving the Sveagruva (also known as Svea) in Svalbard, Norway. The airport is owned and operated by Store Norske Spitsbergen Kulkompani, who use the airport to transport their coal mining workers from the company town to Longyearbyen and Svalbard Airport, Longyear. The airport features a gravel runway measuring 800 by 30 meters (2,625 by 98 ft). Flights are operated about thirty times per week by Lufttransport using their two Dornier 228s.


The need for an airport at Svea arose during the mid 1990s. Store Norske, which had until then been mining coal in Longyearbyen, was in the process of moving the bulk of its mining operations to Svea. A road between the two towns was out of the question for environmental reasons. The company proposed that Svea would be built as a dorm town, where workers would commute for the week. They would have their permanent homes and families in Longyearbyen. On 10 April 1994, Store Norske's board stated that they could not support the two main alternatives, construction of an all-new permanent dwelling town in Svea, and commuting from the mainland. Store Norske cited their commitment to keep Longyearbyen a vibrant community.[1]

The airport was officially opened on 16 February 1995.[2] In March 1996, Store Norske, Kings Bay, and Lufttransport signed an agreement concerning intra-island transport out of Longyearbyen. This involves the introduction of Dornier 228 aircraft, which will operate for Store Norske to Svea and for Kings Bay to Ny-Ålesund Airport, Hamnerabben.[3] Store Norske commences construction of the new town and mine, and mining operations start in January 1997.[4]


The airport is located in the settlement of Sveagruva. Just like the rest of the company town, it is owned and operated by Store Norske. Svea Airport is situated at 10 meters (32 ft) above mean sea level, on the north shore of van Mijenfjorden. It consists of a gravel runway aligned 04–22 (roughly northeast–southwest), which measures 800 by 30 meters (2,625 by 98 ft).[5]

Airlines and destinations

Svea Airport is a private airport and not open to public flights, or any non-emergency landings by any flights not chartered by Store Norske.[5] All flights at Svea fly to Svalbard Airport, Longyear. They are operated by Lufttransport, who operate two nineteen-seat Dornier 228 aircraft on the service. The airline operates up to thirty flights per week. These are only available for employees of and others traveling for Store Norske. Lufttransport transports 21,000 people and 500 tonnes of freight annually on its Svalbard routes, the vast majority of which is on the Svea route.[6]

Lufttransport Charter: Longyearbyen


  1. ^ Martinussen: 57–58
  2. ^ Thuesen: 179
  3. ^ Thuesen: 183
  4. ^ Thuesen: 188
  5. ^ a b "ENSA – Svea" (PDF). Aeronautical Information Publication Norway. Avinor. 6 March 2014. Retrieved 6 April 2014.
  6. ^ "Charterflyvning" (in Norwegian). Lufttransport. 6 March 2014. Retrieved 6 April 2014.


  • Martinussen, Berit (2005). Et arktisk omstillingseventyr 1987–2005 (in Norwegian). Longyearbyen: Store Norske. ISBN 82-992462-2-9.
  • Thusesen, Nils Petter (2005). Svalbards historie i årstall (in Norwegian). Oslo: Orion. ISBN 82-458-0742-7.
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