Bromma Stockholm Airport

Bromma Stockholm Airport, or BMA to the IATA and ESSB to the ICAO, is a Swedish domestic and minor international airport near Stockholm, Sweden. It is Sweden's third-busiest airport, with over 2.5 million passengers served in 2018. There is one runway: 12/30, which is 5,472 feet (asphalt).

Airport history

BMA originated in the 1930s, as there was a need for an airport to serve Stockholm, Sweden’s capital. Accordingly, the airport opened on May 23rd, 1936, as the only airport in Europe to have paved runways from its inception. During WWII, the airport was used to fly to the UK by both Swedish and British aircraft. As German spies had grown suspicious of the Swedish for smuggling Danish and Norwegian refugees, two Swedish planes that had taken off from BMA were shot down during the war. Following the war, the airport was known for its use by two Swedish airlines, Aktiebolaget Aerotransport (ABA), which later became part of the Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS), and Linjeflyg. SAS later acquired this leading Swedish domestic airline. Unfortunately, during the onset of the jet age, it became apparent that the runways in Bromma were too short and the airport not large enough to handle the demands of the future (and although it was initially built in a rural area, by this point it was surrounded by residences with noise concerns, etc.), which brought about the construction of Stockholm Arlanda Airport. Upon completion of Arlanda Airport, all international traffic moved there between 1960 and 1962, with domestic traffic moving in 1983. BMA became the domain of business jets, general aviation, government flights, and flight schools. In 1992, civil aviation in Sweden was deregulated, and BMA made a comeback via Malmö Aviation, which began service to Gothenburg, Malmö, and London City Airport. In 2002 a new air traffic control tower was opened, and the terminal was renovated.
Furthermore, in 2005 the airport added the capability to separate arriving passengers from within and outside the Schengen (passport-free) area. BMA had to cancel all its flights from April 6th, 2020, due to COVID-19, with the resumption of operations in late 2020. On May 16th, 2021, the BMA tram station opened.

Airport location

The airport is located 4.6 miles west/southwest of downtown Stockholm.

Airport facts

  • Grafair Jet Center, built in 2004 at BMA, was Seden's first FBO. It was voted the third-best international FBO in 2008 by AIN - Aviation International News. The other FBO at BMA is IFLY FBO AB. 
  • Of the four airports in the Stockholm area, BMA is the closest to the city. Unfortunately, its location means it cannot expand and is limited by noise restrictions. As such, plans are in place to permanently close it down and replace the airport with more residential housing. This could happen between 2025 and 2027, at which point air traffic would be consolidated to Arlanda Airport (which has recently added a third runway and has a capacity surplus). 
  • After the security checkpoint, travelers can enjoy Il Forno Italiano, featuring a la carte dishes, wood-fired pizza, pasta, and traditional Swedish dishes.

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