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Kiruna’s airspace is attractive

Kiruna Airport, situated far north of the polar circle, is Sweden’s northernmost airport.

The airport’s location in northern Sweden means that there is ample free airspace around the airport, which is greatly appreciated by both companies and researchers that come to Kiruna to conduct research and test products in the extreme climate there. For instance, NASA, the US space agency, has conducted ozone research many times in the town. Boeing and Airbus have cold-tested their aircraft while the Met Office, the UK’s national weather service, has conducted research there.

An important part of the town

Kiruna Airport was inaugurated in 1960. The town’s geographical location means that residents and businesses are dependent on good transport, which is where the airport enters the picture. In recent years, the airport has become increasingly important given the increase in business development, tourism and research facilities in the area. Mining operations, space research, magnificent nature, the northern lights and perhaps above all the Icehotel attract people from all around the world.

Opening hours

Monday-Friday and Sunday: The terminal opens circa 2 hours before the first departure, alternatively circa 2.5 hours before the first arrival. For departures before 06.30, the terminal opens circa 2.5 hours before departure. The airport closes circa 30 minutes after the last departure/arrival.

Saturday: Closed

Certain deviations may occur as we adapt the opening hours to air traffic.

Facts about the airport

Inaugurated in

Number of travelers 2023
217 075

Number of destinations
1 domestic
1 international

Size of runway
2,502 meters

Travel time to the centre
10 minutes