A tiny riverside town in Norrbotten County in Sweden, Pajala makes one of the possible places to visit in the northern part of the country near the border with Finland. It was made famous by the widely popular Swedish novel, Popular Music, making residents sometimes refer to the novel when asked about Pajala. Those going here can venture to Pajala Airport from Stockholm, the capital.
Pajala was opened for regular commercial air traffic in 1999. Problems occurred at the outset, however, as this port of entry was touted to be the most inaccessible municipality of Sweden. The main reason for this is the five-hour travel time, which is deemed hard to manage due to a political principle that domestic travel from Stockholm to any municipality centre should only be within four hours. Going beyond this suggested time would make one-day business travelling hard to do.
Travellers looking for the airport on the map will find it between 67.2455978 (latitude) and 23.0688992 (longitude). Upon landing, tourists will find an uncommonly long runway at 7,552 feet long, which can accommodate large charter aircraft. It was once 2,890 feet long only, which rather hampered the number of (small) aircraft venturing here before the 2007 extension. Now, various tourists – local and foreign alike – can now visit Pajala which hosts a popular annual fair for a week every July. Attended by more than 40,000 each year, tourists will find plenty to see from excellent merchandise at the stalls and a few activities prepared by the town.
Only one airline, Jonair, transports passengers going to Pajala from Lulea. Lulea Airport, on the other hand, connects to a number of domestic destinations, including Stockholm Arlanda Airport, the primary international airport in Sweden.