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
Airport typePublic
Opened3 December 1972 (1972-12-03)
Elevation AMSL236 ft / 72 m
Coordinates55°31′48″N 013°22′17″E
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] (8%)
Aircraft Movements18 676[1] (7%)

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 years

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

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 destinations


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

Air Leap[8] Stockholm–Bromma
Amapola Flyg[9] Stockholm–Bromma
Eurowings Seasonal: Pristina (begins 28 June 2021)[10]
Ryanair[11] Kraków, Stockholm–Arlanda (begins 31 October 2021),[12] Zagreb (begins 4 September 2021)[13]
Scandinavian Airlines[14] Stockholm–Arlanda
Sunclass Airlines Seasonal charter: Antalya,[15] Chania,[15] Fuerteventura,[15] Gran Canaria,[15] Heraklion,[15] Larnaca,[15] Palma de Mallorca,[15] Rhodes,[15] Tenerife–South[15]
TUI fly Nordic[16] Seasonal charter: Gran Canaria, Sälen–Trysil[17]
Wizz Air Banja Luka,[18] Belgrade, Bucharest, Budapest, Cluj-Napoca, Gdańsk, Katowice, Niš, Ohrid, Skopje, Tirana,[19] Tuzla, Warsaw–Chopin


Amapola Flyg Göteborg,[20] Stockholm–Arlanda,[20] Sundsvall–Timrå[20]


Check-in area
Baggage reclaim area

See source Wikidata query and sources.

Busiest routes to and from Malmö Airport (2018)[21]
RankAirportPassengers handled % change
1 Sweden, Stockholm–Arlanda, Stockholm–Bromma1,022,427 10.2
2 North Macedonia, Skopje94,193 6.1
3 Poland, Gdańsk94,069 7.0
4 Hungary, Budapest74,560 8.8
5 Serbia, Belgrade72,036 5.7
6 Poland, Warsaw-Chopin67,850 16.0
7 Bosnia and Herzegovina, Tuzla55,489 5.3
8 Poland, Katowice54,931 3.3
9 Romania, Cluj-Napoca43,294 11.0
10 Romania, Bucharest40,979 10.4
11 Spain, Gran Canaria38,116 18.7
12 Poland, Kraków33,414 24.7
13 Spain, Palma de Mallorca29,101 32.3
14 Austria, Vienna28,921 NEW
15 Serbia, Niš23,641 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 transportation


  • 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