Malmö Airport

Coordinates: 55°31′48″N 013°22′17″E / 55.53000°N 13.37139°E / 55.53000; 13.37139
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Malmö Airport

Malmö flygplats
Airport typePublic
Opened3 December 1972 (1972-12-03)
Elevation AMSL236 ft / 72 m
Coordinates55°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
MMX is located in Sweden
MMX (Sweden)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
11/29 800 2,624 Asphalt
17/35 2,800 9,186 Asphalt
Statistics (2019)
Passengers total1 975 479[1] (Decrease8%)
Aircraft Movements18 676[1] (Decrease7%)

Malmö Airport, until 2007 known as Sturup Airport (Swedish: Sturups flygplats) (IATA: MMX, ICAO: ESMS) is Sweden's fourth busiest airport, handling 1,975,479 passengers in 2019.[2] 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 city of Malmö has roughly the same distance by road to Copenhagen Airport as to Malmö Airport.[3]


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 the airport was inaugurated two years later on 3 December 1972. 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.[4]

According to the Official Airline Guide (OAG), three airlines were serving the airport in the fall of 1996 including KLM Cityhopper with nonstop Fokker F50 turboprop flights to Amsterdam (AMS), Malmo Aviation with nonstop British Aerospace BAe 146 jet flights to London City Airport (LCY) as well as Stockholm Bromma Airport (BMA), and Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) with nonstop McDonnell Douglas MD-80 and MD-87 jet flights to Stockholm Arlanda Airport (ARN).[5]

Development since the 2000s[edit]

Around 2005–2008 several low-cost airlines hoped to attract both Danish and Swedish passengers to Sturup Airport in competition with Copenhagen Airport. Malmö airport, due to its lower landing fees, is seen by some low-cost airlines as a less expensive way of accessing the Copenhagen area. The airport caters to low-cost carriers such as Wizz Air.[citation needed]

During 2008 Danish Sterling Airlines was operating service from Malmö Airport to London Gatwick Airport (LGW), Alicante, Barcelona, Nice and Florence. However, other low-cost carriers such as easyJet use Copenhagen Airport. Norwegian Air Shuttle uses 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]

The Malmö Airport Master Plan from 2018 describes how the airport will develop in the years to come, e.g. by extending the hall for arriving luggage and with new traffic flows to and from the airport. The works are projected in order to allow for a future second passenger terminal, as well as a second, parallel, runway northwest of the present one.[6]


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

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights to and from Malmö:[7]

Braathens Regional Airlines Stockholm–Bromma
Seasonal: Sälen-Trysil, Visby
Ryanair[8]Seasonal: Zagreb
Scandinavian Airlines[9] Stockholm–Arlanda
Sunclass Airlines Seasonal charter: Antalya,[10] Chania,[10] Gran Canaria,[10] Heraklion,[10] Larnaca,[10] Palma de Mallorca,[10] Rhodes,[10] Tenerife-South[10]
Trade Air Charter: Pristina
Wizz Air[11] Belgrade, Cluj-Napoca, Gdańsk, Skopje
Seasonal: Tirana


Check-in hall
Baggage reclaim area
Control tower
Busiest routes to and from Malmö Airport (2023)[12]
Rank Airport Passengers handled % change
1 Sweden Stockholm, Sweden[a] 584,549 Increase 0.5
2 North Macedonia Skopje, North Macedonia 74,940 Increase 26.2
3 Serbia Belgrade, Serbia 67,200 Increase 12.6
4 Poland Gdańsk, Poland 62,352 Increase 32.5
5 Romania Cluj-Napoca, Romania 46,349 Increase 14.9
6 Hungary Budapest, Hungary 45,300 Decrease 5.8
7 Croatia Zagreb, Croatia 35,795 Increase 21.5
8 Romania Bucharest, Romania 34,682 Increase 0.5
9 Poland Warsaw, Poland 33,030 Decrease 21.4
10 Spain Gran Canaria, Spain 30,686 Increase 19.2
11 Kosovo Pristina, Kosovo 29,731 Decrease 16.3
12 Bosnia and Herzegovina Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina 26,998 Decrease 5.7
13 Serbia Niš, Serbia 26,443 Increase 8.5
14 Poland Katowice, Poland 26,418 Increase 10.3
15 North Macedonia Ohrid, North Macedonia 23,262 Increase 11.4
Countries with most handled passengers to/from Malmö Airport (2023)[12]
Rank Country Passengers % change
1  Poland 121,800 Increase 4.9
2  North Macedonia 98,202 Increase 22.4
3  Serbia 93,643 Increase 11.4
4  Romania 81,031 Increase 8.3
5  Spain 65,451 Increase 4.5
6  Hungary 45,300 Decrease 5.8
7  Bosnia and Herzegovina 39,442 Decrease 46.3
8  Greece 36,324 Increase 13.7
9  Croatia 35,798 Increase 21.3
10  Kosovo 29,731 Decrease 16.3

Ground transportation[edit]


  • Flygbussarna Airport coaches depart from the airport to downtown Malmö. The journey to Malmö takes about 40 minutes. From there, there are train connections to destinations including Copenhagen.
  • Gråhundbus coaches departs to Copenhagen 30 minutes after every Ryanair arrival.
  • There is also Wizzair's bus to Copenhagen.

See also[edit]

Explanatory notes[edit]

  1. ^ Includes flights to/from Stockholm–Arlanda and Stockholm–Bromma


  1. ^ a b Flygplatsstatistik 2019
  2. ^ "Statistics". Swedavia. Archived from the original on 17 March 2012. Retrieved 17 March 2012.
  3. ^ Copenhagen Airport → Lindeborg (28.3 km or 17.6 mi) vs. Malmö Airport → Lindeborg (29.3 km or 18.2 mi)
  4. ^ "Om flygplatsen | Malmö Airport". (in Swedish). Retrieved 2017-01-30.
  5. ^ Oct. 27, 1996 edition OAG Pocket Flight Guide, Malmo flight schedules
  6. ^ Swedavia Malmö Airport Masterplan 2018
  7. ^ - Destinations retrieved 23 October 2019
  8. ^ "Ryanair".
  9. ^ "SAS Makes Your Travel Easier".
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h "Flight".
  11. ^ "WIZZ – Dream more. Live more. Be more".
  12. ^ a b "Antal ankommande och avresande passagerare på Swedavias flygplatser, 2023" (XLSX). Retrieved 1 February 2023.

External links[edit]

Media related to Malmö-Sturup Airport at Wikimedia Commons