|IATA: MMX – ICAO: ESMS|
|Elevation AMSL||236 ft / 72 m|
Malmö Airport, until 2007 known as Sturup Airport (Swedish: Sturups flygplats) (IATA: MMX, ICAO: ESMS) is Sweden's fourth busiest airport, handling 2,169,901 passengers in 2015, a new all-time high. The airport is located in Svedala Municipality, approximately 28 kilometres (17 mi) east of Malmö and 26 kilometres (16 mi) south-east of Lund.
Via the Öresund Bridge the airport is located about 55 kilometres (34 mi) from central Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, and 47 kilometres (29 mi) from Copenhagen Airport. The entire city of Malmö is indeed closer located to Copenhagen Airport than to Malmö Airport, by road (city to city around 25 km). For train passengers are only Copenhagen Airport available. Malmö Airport is a small airport with regular flights only to Stockholm, to this can a few charter-alike irregular departures be added, but Copenhagen Airport is fifteen times as large.
Completed in 1972, then at a cost of around SEK130 million, almost twice as much as initially forecast, Sturup Airport replaced the aging Bulltofta Airport, which had served the region since 1923. Plans to build a new airport were drafted in the early 1960s. Expansion was impossible, due to Bulltofta's close proximity to the now booming city and nearby communities complained about noise pollution from the newly introduced jet aircraft.
Construction began in 1970 and two years later, 3 December 1972, the airport was inaugurated. At the same time Bulltofta Airport closed. However, Malmö ATC (Air Traffic Control) remained at the old Bulltofta site until 1983 when it also moved to Malmö Airport.
Development since the 2000s
Around 2005–2008 some low-cost airlines hoped to attract both Danish and Swedish passengers from Sturup in competition with Copenhagen Airport. Malmö airport, due to its lower landing fees is seen by some low cost airlines as a cheaper way of accessing the Copenhagen area. The airport caters for low cost carriers like Wizz Air.
During 2008 Danish Sterling Airlines had some lines from Malmö Airport to London (LGW), Alicante, Barcelona, Nice and Florence. However other low cost carriers such as easyJet use Copenhagen Airport. Norwegian Air Shuttle use Malmö Airport for a few flights a day to and from Stockholm-Arlanda Airport while the majority of flights to the region go to Copenhagen Airport. In 2014, Ryanair moved their operations to Copenhagen Airport as well.
Malmö Airport features one passenger and two cargo terminals as well as 20 aircraft stands.
Airlines and destinations
The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights to and from Malmö:
|Adria Airways||Seasonal: Pristina|
|AIS Airlines||Borlänge, Örebro|
|Norwegian Air Shuttle||Stockholm-Arlanda
Seasonal: Gran Canaria
|Wizz Air||Belgrade, Bucharest, Budapest, Cluj-Napoca, Debrecen (ends 16 September 2016), Gdańsk, Katowice, Niš, Poznań, Skopje, Sofia, Tuzla, Vilnius, Warsaw-Chopin|
|ASL Airlines Belgium||Billund, Gdańsk, Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Minsk-National, St. Petersburg, Turku|
operated by ASL Airlines Ireland
operated by Amapola Flyg
|Örebro, Umeå, Stockholm-Arlanda|
|UPS Airlines||Cologne/Bonn, Helsinki, Oslo-Gardermoen|
operated by West Air Sweden
|Rank||Airport||Passengers handled|| % change
|1||Sweden, Stockholm–Arlanda, Stockholm–Bromma||1,169,076||1.6|
|9||Spain, Palma de Mallorca||48,269||1.9|
|10||Spain, Gran Canaria||44,487||26.6|
|11||Bosnia and Herzegovina, Tuzla||37,341||21.4|
- Flygbussarna Airport coaches depart from the airport to downtown Malmö and Lund. The journey to Malmö or Lund takes about 40 minutes. From there, there are good train connections, e.g. to Copenhagen (total time to Copenhagen about 80 minutes)
- Gråhundbus coaches departs to Copenhagen 30 minutes after every Ryanair arrival.
There is a taxi stand at the airport. There is a fixed price to Malmö and Lund 395 SEK.
Accidents and incidents
- On 28 January 2008, an EasyJet flight 3461 made a high-speed landing at Malmö Airport due to faulty flaps. The flight was bound for Copenhagen but requested to land at Malmö. No injuries were reported.
- "Statistics". Swedavia. Archived from the original on 17 March 2012. Retrieved 17 March 2012.
- Copenhagen Airport → Lindeborg (28.3 km or 17.6 mi) vs. Malmö Airport → Lindeborg (29.3 km or 18.2 mi)
- swedavia.com - Destinations retrieved 26 July 2016
- Resrobot, Swedish travel planner
- "Flygplan med 146 passagerare fick nödlanda". 28 Jan 2008. Retrieved 19 July 2009.
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