|Opened||3 December 1972|
|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 1,975,479 passengers in 2019. 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. Residents of the Malmö region use Copenhagen Airport more than Malmö Airport for scheduled international air travel.
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 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.
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).
Development since the 2000s
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.
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. Malmö Airport has not been attractive for travellers to/from Denmark.
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.
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:
|Sunclass Airlines||Seasonal charter: Antalya, Chania, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Heraklion, Larnaca, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes, Tenerife–South|
|TUI fly Nordic||Seasonal charter: Gran Canaria, Sälen–Trysil|
|Wizz Air||Banja Luka (begins 7 June 2021), Belgrade, Bucharest, Budapest, Cluj-Napoca, Gdańsk, Katowice, Niš, Ohrid, Skopje, Tirana (begins 14 May 2021), Tuzla, Warsaw–Chopin|
|Amapola Flyg||Göteborg, Stockholm–Arlanda, Sundsvall–Timrå|
|Rank||Airport||Passengers handled||% change|
|1||Sweden, Stockholm–Arlanda, Stockholm–Bromma||1,022,427||10.2|
|2||North Macedonia, Skopje||94,193||6.1|
|7||Bosnia and Herzegovina, Tuzla||55,489||5.3|
|11||Spain, Gran Canaria||38,116||18.7|
|13||Spain, Palma de Mallorca||29,101||32.3|
|7||Bosnia and Herzegovina||55,755||4.8%|
- 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
- "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)
- "Om flygplatsen | Malmö Airport". www.swedavia.se (in Swedish). Retrieved 2017-01-30.
- Oct. 27, 1996 edition OAG Pocket Flight Guide, Malmo flight schedules
- Swedavia Malmö Airport Masterplan 2018
- swedavia.com - Destinations retrieved 23 October 2019
- "Ryanair W17 new routes as of 05MAR17". Routesonline. Retrieved 2018-07-30.
- "SAS Makes Your Travel Easier". www.flysas.com.
- "Flight". ving.se.
- "Only Flight". TUI.se.
- "TUI lanserar sju nya flyglinjer till Scandinavian Mountains Airport Sälen-Trysil". Mynewsdesk. 21 October 2020.
- Flightradar24. "Flightradar24.com - Live flight tracker!". Flightradar24.
- swedavia.se[dead link]
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