Malmö Airport

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.

Malmö Airport
Malmo-Sturup Airport terminal.jpg
Airport typePublic
Hub forBRA Braathens Regional Airlines
Elevation AMSL236 ft / 72 m
Coordinates55°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 (2019)
Passengers total1 975 479[1] (Decrease8%)
Aircraft Movements18 676[1] (Decrease7%)

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] Residents of the Malmö region use Copenhagen Airport more than Malmö Airport for scheduled international air travel.


Early yearsEdit

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 2000sEdit

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. 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.[6]


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

Airlines and destinationsEdit


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

Air LeapStockholm–Bromma (begins 9 August 2020)
Great Dane Airlines Seasonal charter: Chania
Jet Time Seasonal charter: Antalya,[8] Chania,[8] Gran Canaria,[8] Larnaca,[8] Palma de Mallorca,[8] Rhodes,[8] Tenerife-South[8]
Ryanair Kraków[9]
Scandinavian Airlines Stockholm-Arlanda[10]
Sunclass Airlines Seasonal charter: Antalya,[11] Chania,[11] Fuerteventura,[11] Gran Canaria,[11] Heraklion,[11] Larnaca,[11] Palma de Mallorca,[11] Rhodes,[11] Tenerife-South[11]
Wizz Air Belgrade, Bucharest, Budapest, Cluj-Napoca, Gdańsk, Katowice, Niš, Ohrid, Skopje, Tuzla, Warsaw-Chopin


Amapola Flyg Göteborg,[12] Stockholm–Arlanda,[12] Sundsvall–Timrå[12]
ASL Airlines Belgium Liege,[13] Billund,[13] Riga,[13] Tallinn[13]
Posten Örebro, Umeå, Stockholm–Arlanda
UPS Airlines Aarhus, Cologne/Bonn, Helsinki, Oslo–Gardermoen


Check-in area
Baggage reclaim area
Busiest routes to and from Malmö Airport (2018)[14]
Rank Airport Passengers handled % change
1   Sweden, Stockholm–Arlanda, Stockholm–Bromma 1,022,427   10.2
2   North Macedonia, Skopje 94,193   6.1
3   Poland, Gdańsk 94,069   7.0
4   Hungary, Budapest 74,560   8.8
5   Serbia, Belgrade 72,036   5.7
6   Poland, Warsaw-Chopin 67,850   16.0
7   Bosnia and Herzegovina, Tuzla 55,489   5.3
8   Poland, Katowice 54,931   3.3
9   Romania, Cluj-Napoca 43,294   11.0
10   Romania, Bucharest 40,979   10.4
11   Spain, Gran Canaria 38,116   18.7
12   Poland, Kraków 33,414   24.7
13   Spain, Palma de Mallorca 29,101   32.3
14   Austria, Vienna 28,921   NEW
15   Serbia, Niš 23,641   26.9
Countries with most handled passengers to/from Malmö Airport (2019)
Rank Country Passengers Change
1   Poland 250,752  18.5%
2   North Macedonia 116,313  16.0%
3   Spain 113,972  12.0%
4   Serbia 95,677  4.8%
5   Romania 84,273  0.2%
6   Hungary 74,560  15.1%
7   Bosnia and Herzegovina 55,755  4.8%
8   Greece 50,278  4.2%
9   Austria 34,669  436.3%
10   Cyprus 21,755  23.6%

Ground transportationEdit


  • 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 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 alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b
  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. ^ a b c d e f g "Only Flight".
  9. ^ "Ryanair W17 new routes as of 05MAR17". Routesonline. Retrieved 2018-07-30.
  10. ^ "SAS Makes Your Travel Easier".
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Flight".
  12. ^ a b c Flightradar24. " - Live flight tracker!". Flightradar24.
  13. ^ a b c d Flightradar24. " - Live flight tracker!". Flightradar24.
  14. ^[dead link]

External linksEdit

  Media related to Malmö-Sturup Airport at Wikimedia Commons