Smaland Airport (VXO/ESMX)

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The land of Pippi Longstocking – after all the strongest girl in the world – should be of significant interest to airlines. The World of Astrid Lindgren, the nearby theme park devoted to the children’s author, attracts an annual 450,000 visitors, including over 100,000 from Germany. It is the current nominee for RTS' 'Best Experience in Sweden'.

Reasons to go to Smaland: One of 5,000 lakes, a brand new airport...and proven demand from the UK and Germany.

And other reasons – in addition to the World of Astrid Lindgren, there is also Crystal Kingdom (“Glasriket”) and Kosta’s Elk Park – in combination, these and many other leisure and natural beauty attractions bring in excess of 1 million visitors to this region – a factor under-exploited by airlines.

Other major reasons to serve this airport

  • In 2007, Smaland Airport launched a major investment programme in order to modernise the departures hall, technical equipment and the runways/ramp area. The main goal was to enhance passenger and ramp handling to provide a quick turnaround with minimum staff.
  • The efficiency of Smaland Airport is well known and has been the subject of study for many others. Today, Smaland Airport is one of the most technically updated and modern airports in Europe. There are no slot or noise restrictions at the airport. Smaland Airport is prepared to double its passenger volumes without any further notice.
  • The landscape is highly appreciated by many as it was by the world-famous author Astrid Lindgren. The theme park “The World of Astrid Lindgren” attracts some 450,000 visitors annually – 30% from Germany. A beautiful and peaceful countryside, fishing and hiking, the region’s almost 5,000 lakes, as well as interesting towns and hamlets, are key tourist attractions as are the world-famous crystal, glass and furniture designers “Crystal Kingdom”.

Smaland south baltic banner

The airport plays an award-winning role in marketing the region and has special schemes for new routes.

Marketing and other support

  • Proprietary marketing scheme for new routes.
  • Smaland Airport has been nominated twice and once won “Marketing Company of the Year” in the Kronoberg County.
Smaland catchment

Catchment Area

  • 30 min catchment: Växjö City (including the historical Mansion Huseby)
    • 60 min catchment: Vimmerby (Astrid Lindgren’s World), Kosta (Crystal Kingdom, Moose Park)
  • 120 min catchment: Jönköping, Kalmar, Halmstad, Kristianstad

Under-served freight opportunities and other economic impact factors

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The clean lines of the just-modernised airport terminal suitably serves Växjö – an important regional and university town benefiting from both an affluent population, and the attraction of being always close to nature.


  • Växjö City 4km away

Infrastructure & Operations

Information Runway 01 Runway 19
TORA/Start 2,100m 2,100m
TODA/Start 2,600m 2,400m
ASDA/Start-stop 2,100m 2,100m
LDA/Landing 2,100m 2,100m
Width 45m 45m
  • Operating hours: Monday-Friday 0545-2115, Sunday 1115-2100, outside hours on request
  • Airport Coaches to hotels and the train station in Växjö City connecting east-west and south-north on the transnational railway network.

Important infrastructure developments and/or other news

  • Major investment and modernisation projects completed in 2007.

Vital statistics - Destinations from VXO 2010


  • Stockholm Arlanda
    • Daily (except Saturdays) with Skyways.
  • Stockholm Bromma
    • Daily flights with Flysmaland.
  • Düsseldorf Weeze
    • Mondays and Fridays with Ryanair.
  • Alicante
    • Mondays and Thursdays with Ryanair.


  • Visby, Gotland Island (SE)
    • Summer – Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with Flysmaland.
  • Berlin
    • Summer – Fridays and Sundays with Flysmaland.


  • Gran Canaria
    • October 2009-March 2010
      Airline: Iberworld
      Tour Operators: Apollo, TUI- Fritidsresor and Thomas Cook-Ving
  • Thailand, Phuket
    • January 6 and March 17 2010
      Airline: Thomas Cook
      Tour Operators: Apollo, TUI-Fritidsresor and Thomas Cook-Ving
  • Cyprus
    • April-October 2010
      Airline: Thomas Cook
      Tour Operators: TUI-Fritidsresor and Thomas Cook-Ving
  • Mallorca
    • May-June 2010 and August – October 2010
      Airline: Spanair
      Tour Operators: TUI-Fritidsresor and Thomas Cook-Ving
  • Turkey
    • June-August 2010
      Airline: Freebird
      Tour Operator: TUI-Fritidsresor
  • Tunisia
    • September 2010
      Airline: Nouvelair
      Tour Operator: Apollo