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 fifth busiest airport, handling 2,104,013 passengers in 2012, 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. Some parts of Malmö (e.g. Lindeborg) are indeed closer (by road) to Copenhagen Airport than to Malmö Airport.[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.

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[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.

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[edit]


Check-in area
Baggage reclaim area
Airlines Destinations
Adria Airways Seasonal: Pristina[3]
AIS Airlines[4] Borlänge, Örebro
Malmö Aviation Stockholm-Bromma
Seasonal: Visby
Norwegian Air Shuttle Stockholm-Arlanda
Seasonal: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Scandinavian Airlines Stockholm-Arlanda
Wizz Air Belgrade, Bucharest, Budapest, Cluj-Napoca, Debrecen, Gdańsk, Katowice, Niš, Poznań, Skopje, Sofia, Tuzla, Vilnius, Warsaw-Chopin


Airlines Destinations
operated by ASL Airlines Ireland
operated by Amapola Flyg
Örebro, Umeå, Stockholm-Arlanda
TNT Airways Billund, Gdańsk, Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Minsk-National, St. Petersburg, Turku
TNT Airways
operated by ATRAN
UPS Airlines Cologne/Bonn, Helsinki, Oslo-Gardermoen
UPS Airlines
operated by West Air Sweden


Busiest routes to and from Malmö Airport (2014)[5]
Rank Airport Passengers handled
1  Sweden, Stockholm–Arlanda, Stockholm–Bromma 1,150,428
2  Hungary, Budapest 87,850
3  Poland, Gdansk 78,656
4  Macedonia, Skopje 68,047
5  Turkey, Antalya 67,645
6  Spain, Gran Canaria 60,585
7  Serbia, Belgrade 57,679
8  Poland, Warsaw 49,973
9  Spain, Palma de Mallorca 49,205
10  Poland, Katowice 39,866
11  United Kingdom, London-Stansted 38,698
12  Spain, Tenerife 35,746
13  Bosnia and Herzegovina, Tuzla 30,765
14  Greece, Chania 25,787
15  Greece, Rhodes 22,306
16  Romania, Bucharest 22,087
17  Spain, Malaga 19,902
18  Spain, Madrid-Barajas 19,643
19  Bulgaria, Sofia 19,342
20  Cyprus, Larnaca 19,093

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]


  1. ^ "Statistics". Swedavia. Archived from the original on 17 March 2012. Retrieved 17 March 2012. 
  2. ^ Copenhagen Airport → Lindeborg (28.3 km or 17.6 mi) vs. Malmö Airport → Lindeborg (29.3 km or 18.2 mi)
  3. ^ "ADRIA to Start Pristina – Malmo Seasonal Service June – August 2014". Retrieved 10 May 2015. 
  4. ^ "AIS Airlines assumes majority of Direktflyg´s remaining network". ch-aviation. Retrieved 10 May 2015. 
  5. ^ "Destinationsstatistik". Retrieved 10 May 2015. 
  6. ^ Resrobot, Swedish travel planner
  7. ^ "Flygplan med 146 passagerare fick nödlanda". 28 Jan 2008. Retrieved 19 July 2009. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Malmö-Sturup Airport at Wikimedia Commons