Malmö Airport

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Malmö Airport
Sturup airport.jpg
Airport type Public
Operator Swedavia
Serves Malmö,  Sweden
Location Svedala
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 236 ft / 72 m
Coordinates 55°31′48″N 013°22′17″E / 55.53000°N 13.37139°E / 55.53000; 13.37139Coordinates: 55°31′48″N 013°22′17″E / 55.53000°N 13.37139°E / 55.53000; 13.37139
MMX is located in Skåne
Location within Skåne
Direction Length Surface
m ft
11/29 800 2,624 Asphalt
17/35 2,800 9,186 Asphalt
Statistics (2014)
Passengers total 2,088,628

Malmö Airport, until 2007 known as Sturup Airport (Swedish: Sturups flygplats) (IATA: MMXICAO: ESMS) is Sweden's fourth busiest airport, handling 2,169,901 passengers in 2015, a new all-time high.[1] 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.[2]


Early years[edit]

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

Development since the 2000s[edit]

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]


Malmö Airport features one passenger and two cargo terminals as well as 20 aircraft stands.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Check-in area
Baggage reclaim area


The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights to and from Malmö:[3]

Airlines Destinations
Adria Airways Seasonal: Pristina
AIS Airlines Borlänge, Örebro
BRA Stockholm-Bromma, Visby
Seasonal: Östersund
Norwegian Air Shuttle Stockholm-Arlanda
Seasonal: Gran Canaria
Scandinavian Airlines Stockholm-Arlanda
Seasonal: Östersund
Wizz Air Belgrade, Bucharest, Budapest, Cluj-Napoca, Debrecen (ends 16 September 2016),[4] Gdańsk, Katowice, Niš, Poznań, Skopje, Sofia, Tuzla, Vilnius, Warsaw-Chopin


Airlines Destinations
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
UPS Airlines
operated by West Air Sweden


Busiest routes to and from Malmö Airport (2015)[5]
Rank Airport Passengers handled  % change
1  Sweden, Stockholm–Arlanda, Stockholm–Bromma 1,169,076 Increase 1.6
2  Hungary, Budapest 97,391 Increase 10.9
3  Macedonia, Skopje 88,773 Increase 30.5
4  Poland, Gdańsk 80,334 Increase 2.1
5  Poland, Warsaw 60,578 Increase 21.2
6  Serbia, Belgrade 59,244 Increase 2.7
7  Turkey, Antalya 55,475 Decrease 18.0
8  Poland, Katowice 50,145 Increase 25.8
9  Spain, Palma de Mallorca 48,269 Decrease 1.9
10  Spain, Gran Canaria 44,487 Decrease 26.6
11  Bosnia and Herzegovina, Tuzla 37,341 Increase 21.4
12  Greece, Chania 34,646 Increase 34.4
13  Romania, Bucharest 33,347 Increase 51.0
14  Bulgaria, Sofia 32,615 Increase 68.6
15  Romania, Cluj-Napoca 30,161 Increase 5127.2
16  Spain, Tenerife 29,982 Decrease 15.5
17  Greece, Rhodes 25,007 Increase 12.1
18  Cyprus, Larnaca 20,625 Increase 8.0
19  Lithuania, Vilnius 19,602 Increase 981.2
20  Sweden, Visby 19,137 Increase 4.6

Ground transportation[edit]


  • 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)[6]
  • 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[edit]

  • 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.[7]

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

Media related to Malmö-Sturup Airport at Wikimedia Commons