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Sweden’s Malmö Airport celebrates 50th anniversary


Malmö Airport, the third busiest gateway in Sweden and the start of international journeys for many people living in the south of the country, celebrates its 50th anniversary today.

The airport has welcomed around 60 million passengers since opening in 1972 and, operator Swedavia proudly notes that it is one of the first airports in the world to be fossil-free in its own operations, which it achieved in late 2022.

“It is a great joy for us to celebrate Malmö Airport’s half-century of operations. The airport is an important part of the transport network in Sweden and the Öresund region and, since its opening, has played a critical role both for the region and for many travellers,” enthuses airport director, Karin Öhrström.

“Now, after several years of pandemic, our passengers have returned, which we naturally think is really positive for people’s opportunities to be able to meet again, both in their leisure and in their work.”

The airport today has some 20 destinations, a number of which are international, with a strong focus on air links to eastern Europe.

International destinations include Belgrade, Skopje and Gdansk. The airport also plays an important role in domestic connectivity, particularly with its service to Stockholm, offering nearly 100 weekly departures to the Swedish capital.

Öhrström notes: “Malmö Airport has the advantages of a small airport, with fast, smooth flows. The airport is especially important to our domestic travellers and for connectivity to Stockholm.

“It is also very positive and important that our airlines are back operating with their destinations after several years of pandemic and continue to invest in Malmö Airport.

“Alongside the resumption of air travel, Swedavia continues to actively drive the aviation industry’s climate transition. Together, the industry’s shared goals of fossil-free domestic air travel by 2030 and totally fossil-free Swedish air travel by 2045 can be achieved.”

In addition to passenger traffic, Malmö Airport has played and continues to play an important role for essential air services in southern Sweden as well as for cargo and mail.

The airport is open 24/7 and ready to serve so that patients, organs, critical spare parts and other materials can be transported into and out of the region.

Among the activities offered in conjunction with Malmö Airport’s 50th anniversary is an exhibition of uniforms, carried out in partnership with Uniformsmuséet Uniform Collection. It will be on display at the airport until the end of the year.

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