Luleå Airport (IATA: LLA, ICAO: ESPA) is located about 5 km south-southeast of Luleå, Sweden, near the village of Kallax. The airport had a total of 1,066,839 passenger in 2011, and is thus Sweden's sixth largest airport. It is the largest airport in northern Sweden (Norrland). The runway is also used by the F 21 Luleå air force base.
The airport began as the military airfield F 21 Luleå in 1941 and later opened up to civilian traffic to Stockholm on September 11, 1944. In 1948 winter operations started when a hangar and runway light was operating. International tourist charter started in 1969. The present terminal building was opened in 1984. The number of passengers lose a lot here and in all of Sweden in the 1980s and reached one million at Luleå in 1991, a figure which was reached again 2011. The passenger figures have still been fairly steady at Luleå since other transport modes and other airports are less attractive when going to Luleå. In year 1999 the runway at Luleå Airport was extended and is now the longest in Sweden, 3.350 meters. The purpose of the extension was make the airport serve as fuel stop for heavy long-distance cargo flights, which was not so successful.