About the airport

Skåne is the most densely populated part of Sweden. It is a part of the Öresund region, which together with Copenhagen, constitutes the largest growth area in Scandinavia. Malmö Airport is an important part of the infrastructure of the Öresund region.

The Öresund region is an attractive region for international companies. Reasons behind this are the many universities and the fact that the region is leading within medicine, biotechnology (Medicon Valley), IT and food products.

Malmö Airport is located in the heart of this region – a large workplace employing a total of some 1,200 people spread between fifty companies.

Well-developed infrastructure

The well-developed infrastructure makes it easy to reach Malmö Airport from both Sweden and Denmark, regardless of whether you drive a car or use public transport. The motorway to Malmö Airport connects Sweden with Denmark via the Öresund bridge.

Large catchment area

Malmö Airport’s catchment area covers most of southern Sweden, where a total of 1.4 million people live. Taking into account the closely located region in Denmark, a total of 3.6 million people live in the catchment area for Malmö Airport. 

During 2018, approx. 2.1 million passengers chose to fly to and from Malmö Airport.

Facts about the airport

Malmö Airport was inaugurated on December 1, 1972. The airport is open 24 hours a day. Distance to the nearest major cities:  Malmö (30 km) and Copenhagen (55 km).

Passengers 2018

More than 40 destinations (scheduled and charter)

Operational facts
One passenger terminal
Two cargo terminals
Two hangars
Twenty parking stands for large aircraft
Seven parking stands for smaller aircraft 
One runway (2,800 m)
One runway (797 m)

One hotel - Sturup Airport hotell
3,400 parking spaces
One multi-storey car park
1,500 employees in a range of companies at Malmö Airport

Malmö Airport is located in the Municipality of Svedala


Malmö-Sturup Airport (as Malmö Airport was called until 2007) opened on December 1, 1972. Since then, more than 58 million passengers have flown to and from the airport. Before this, Malmö’s airport was located at Bulltofta, which was originally an extensive heath at the far north-eastern outskirts of Malmö. The authorities chose to build an airfield at Bulltofta. It was used as a military airfield starting in the early 1920s.

In 1924 AB Aerotransport (ABA) − a forerunner of today’s Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) − began to provide service on the Malmö–Hamburg (Germany) route using one-engine Junkers F13 aircraft seating four. Service was expanded in the following year to Amsterdam (Netherlands) and Gothenburg. ABA’s leading position strengthened when it became the first airline to use the Junkers G23, a three-engine metal aircraft. In 1926 Bulltofta handled nearly 2,000 take-offs and landings and 6,000 passengers, which was 30 percent more than Stockholm.

Expansion continued throughout the 1920s, with nightly postal flights to Stockholm, Amsterdam and London (UK). A postal sorting agent went along on the flights, which are believed to have been the first flying postal sorting offices.

By the early 1930s passenger service had expanded to Berlin (Germany), Paris (France) and London. Other airlines such as Air France, KLM and the Danish-based DDL also served Bulltofta. By the outbreak of the Second World War, the airport was handling some forty flights per day.

During the 1940s a new terminal opened (1943), although the number of passengers decreased during the period 1939–1945 SAS was established in 1946 through a merger of ABA, DDL and Norway’s DNL. At the same time, it was decided that the new airline’s main base would be at nearby Kastrup (now Copenhagen Airport, Denmark). This led to a decline in air traffic at Bulltofta.

During the 1950s the authorities decided to build a 1,900 metre long paved runway at Bulltofta, which was completed in 1953. Air traffic gradually increased, and in 1959 a new terminal opened.

During the 1960s, Kastrup grew into a hub for most Scandinavian long-haul routes, while charter tour operators increasingly focused on Copenhagen. In 1964, Bulltofta handled 90,000 passengers a year. During the 1960s the authorities commissioned studies to determine a more suitable location for an airport that would not create as much noise in Malmö.

In 1968 a decision was made to select Sturup, east of Malmö, as the location of the airport. In 1970, runway construction began and the following year the airport building was constructed. Right from the start, there were plans for possible future expansion − not only such resources as terminals, cargo warehouses, aircraft aprons, hangars and car parks but also an additional runway.

In 2006 Malmö Airport terminal was renovated. The walls between the domestic and international terminal were removed. In this way capacity for receiving passengers was increased. The terminal is capable of handling between three and half and four million passengers yearly.

Passengers previously occupied two different areas, depending on whether they were going to travel domestically or internationally. The reason for the division was regulations that specified what categories of passengers were allow to share the same space at an airport. Nowadays Swedish Customs and the Police work from mobile units. In cases where European Union rules say that passengers arriving from countries outside the EU may not mix with outbound passengers, there is now a glassed-in passageway with a passport control point for arriving passengers before the baggage hall at the airport.

Today Malmö Airport is an important transport hub to and from the fast-growing Öresund region and serves as the Swedish gateway to this region. The airport is operated by Swedavia AB  which is a state-owned limited company. 

Photography and filming

Space, light and the distinctive airport environment have always been of interest to photographers and producers of feature and advertising films. We have therefore developed a service that takes care of you and your company wanting to make use of our environment for filming purposes. Note that you must request our permission in order to be able to photograph or film here.

What are your needs? Contact us, and see us as the link between your needs and us at the airport. Together we can help each other to find a solution for your project, which takes into account traffic flows at the airport.

Facts about photography and film recording

A number of Swedish films have been recorded at Malmö Airport - many recognise the yellow airport in the Wallander films. TV4's breakfast show (Morgonsoffan) is sent live from the check-in hall and a number of advertising films have been recorded at the airport.

Price list

Per hour, daytime from SEK 2,000
25 percent to be added.


Telephone: +46 (0)10 10 94 569
E-mail: malmoairport@swedavia.se

Opening hours: Monday–Friday 09:00–16:00