Giant globe installation unveiled at Stockholm Arlanda Airport

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Swedavia, the operator of Stockholm Arlanda Airport in Sweden, has unveiled a giant 3D globe in Terminal 5 (T5), where passengers can view flights running to and from the airport in real time.

Measuring 2m (6.6ft) in diameter, the Open Sky installation combines data received from flight tracking service Flightradar24 with the latest 3D projection mapping techniques to create a visual representation of all air traffic involving Stockholm Airport.

Fredrik Lindahl, CEO of Flightradar24, said, “We’re excited to be a part of this project. Through a network of ADS-B receivers covering large parts of the planet we are able to pick up signals from aircraft and basically track the entire world’s air traffic live.”

Since 2010, the number of travelers passing through Stockholm Arlanda has increased by 30%. In 2016, the airport operated 160 direct routes and set a new annual passenger record after serving more than 24.7 million travelers.

Kjell-Åke Westin, airport director at Stockholm Arlanda Airport, said, “Open Sky makes our 160 direct destinations visible worldwide and it’s a way for us to display our goal of becoming the leading airport in Scandinavia by 2020.”

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