Milan Malpensa Airport
Aeroporto di Milano Malpensa
"Cittŕ di Milano"
|Operator||SEA Aeroporti di Milano|
|Focus city for|
|Elevation AMSL||1,000 ft / 304.8 m|
Milan Malpensa Airport (IATA: MXP, ICAO: LIMC) is the largest international airport in the Milan metropolitan area in northern Italy. It serves 15 million inhabitants in Lombardy, Piedmont and Liguria, as well as those living in the Swiss region of Canton Ticino. The airport is located 49 kilometres (30 mi) northwest of central Milan, next to the Ticino river (dividing Lombardy and Piedmont). The airport has two terminals and two runways as well as a dedicated cargo terminal.
In 2017, Malpensa Airport handled 22,169,167 passengers and was the 26th busiest airport in Europe in terms of passengers and 2nd busiest airport in Italy in terms of passengers. Until 2008, Malpensa Airport was a major hub for flag carrier Alitalia. Malpensa Airport remains the second-busiest Italian airport for international passenger traffic (after Rome Fiumicino Airport), and the busiest for freight and cargo, handling over 500,000 tons of international freight annually.
The first industrial airport was opened in 1909 near the Cascina Malpensa, an old farm, by Giovanni Agusta and Gianni Caproni to test their aircraft prototypes. This airport was then opened for civil operation in 1948 during the war reconstruction period, in order to serve the northern area of Milan.
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The site of today's Malpensa Airport has seen aviation activities for more than 100 years. The first began on 27 May 1910, when the Caproni brothers flew their "flying machine", the Cal biplane. In the years that followed, many aircraft prototypes took off from the same site; eventually, it was decided to upgrade the farming patch to a more formal airfield. Both Gianni Caproni and Giovanni Agusta established factories on the new site; the airfield soon developed into the largest aircraft production centre in Italy.
During the 1920s and 1930s, the airfield hosted two squadrons of the Regia Aeronautica Italiana (Italian Air Force). In September 1943, Malpensa airfield was taken over by Nazi Germany's Luftwaffe when northern Italy was invaded by Adolf Hitler. Soon after their arrival, the Germans laid the airfield's first concrete runway.
After the cessation of hostilities during the Second World War, manufacturers and politicians of the Milan and Varese regions, led by banker Benigno Ajroldi of Banca Alto Milanese, restored the airfield. They aimed to make it an industrial fulcrum for post-war recovery of Italy. The main runway, heavily damaged by German troops as they retreated from northern Italy, was rebuilt and extended to 1,800 metres. A small wooden terminal was constructed to protect goods and passengers from bad weather.
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Malpensa Airport officially commenced commercial operations on 21 November 1948 as Aeroporto Cittŕ di Busto Arsizio, although the Belgian national flag-carrier Sabena had started flying to Brussels from here a year earlier. On 2 February 1950 Trans World Airlines (TWA) became the first company to fly long-haul flights from Malpensa, using Lockheed Constellations on their services to New York Idlewild Airport.
A change of ownership occurred in 1952 when the Municipality of Milan took control of the airport's operator, the Societŕ Aeroporto di Busto Arsizio. The operator's name was subsequently changed to Societŕ Esercizi Aeroportuali SpA (SEA). After assuming full control, SEA decided to develop Malpensa as an international and intercontinental gateway, whereas Milan's other airport, Linate Airport, would be tasked with handling only domestic services.
Between 1958 and 1962 a new terminal arrived at Malpensa and the airport's two parallel runways were extended to 3,915 m (12,844 ft), becoming the longest in Europe at that time. By the early 1960s, however, major European carriers such as British Airways, Air France, Lufthansa and Alitalia had moved the majority of their services to Linate Airport, which was just 11 km east of Milan's city centre, making it much easier for passengers to reach central Milan. This left Malpensa with just a handful of intercontinental links, charter flights and cargo operations. Malpensa suffered a decline in commercial traffic, with passenger numbers dropping from 525,000 in 1960 to just 331,000 by 1965. It was destined to play second fiddle to Linate Airport for another 20 years.
By the mid-1980s Linate Airport was handling seven million passengers per year and, with only a short single runway and limited parking slots, had reached its saturation point. With no available land nearby for expansion, an alternative solution was sought: Societa Esercizi Aeroportuali SpA (SEA) quickly found that developing Malpensa was the only practical alternative.
By the end of 1985, a law had been passed by the Italian Parliament that paved the way for the reorganisation of the Milan airport system. Malpensa was designated as the centre for all services covering northern Italy, while Linate Airport was downgraded to a domestic and short-haul facility. "Malpensa 2000", as the plan was called, included the construction of a new terminal as well as the development of fast, efficient connections to Milan's city centre. The European Union recognised this project as one of the 14 "Essential to the Development of the Union" and provided 200 million to help finance the work. Construction started in November 1990; Malpensa airport was re-opened eight years later.
During the night of 24/25 October 1998 Alitalia moved the majority of its fleet from Rome Fiumicino Airport where it had been flying from for over 50 years to Malpensa Airport. The airport started a new lease of life as the Italian flag-carrier's main hub. Alitalia added up to 488 movements and 42,000 passengers a day at the facility which, by the end of 1998, had handled 5.92 million passengers (an increase of more than two million over the previous year's figure).
In 1999 it recorded a spectacular leap to 16.97 million and, by 2007, passenger numbers had reached 23.9 million. Efficient rail links from two different stations in Milan (Centrale and Cadorna stations) ensured easy access by railway, whereas the nearby A8 motorway had an extra lane added in each direction to help speed up traffic into and out of the city centre.
Before 2001, ground handling services at Malpensa were shared by the SEA (airport's operator) and Trans-World Airlines. Since then, the contracting process has gradually been deregulated. In 2000, airport security services at Malpensa were transferred from the Polizia di Stato (State Police) to SEA's internal division, SEA Airport Security. Up to 2002, SEA was assisted by IVRI in providing security services, but the contract was not renewed after its expiry. Nevertheless, SEA Airport Security is supervised by the Polizia di Stato (Italian State Police), Guardia di Finanza (Italian Military Customs Police) and Ente Nazionale Aviazione Civile (Italy's Civil Aviation Authority), whereas the Carabinieri (Italian Military Police) supervises ramp entrance.
Ramp services are provided by SEA Handling, ATA and, more recently, Aviapartner. SEA Handling provided 80% of the ramp services at Malpensa Airport due to its major customer, Alitalia. In May 2006, however, Italy's Civil Aviation Authority took off the limitation of two ramp handlers.
In 2008, a new development plan was launched by Societa Esercizi Aeroportuali SpA (SEA), valued at 1.4 billion, to include a third pier for Terminal 1 and the construction of a third runway. In a surprise move, however, Alitalia announced its decision to revert its main hub back to Rome Fiumicino Airport due to 'high operating costs' at Malpensa Airport. Alitalia did not pull out of Malpensa altogether, and continues to fly several domestic and European services from Milan and two intercontinental flights (to New York City and Tokyo). However Malpensa lost around 20% of its daily movements, a decrease from 700 to 550, which resulted in only 19.2 million passengers passing through in 2008. The airport continued to suffer during 2009, when the international financial crisis and higher fuel prices caused a reduction to only 17.6 million passengers that year.
Responding to Alitalia's pullout, the operator SEA launched an all-out publicity programme and aggressively marketed Malpensa Airport around the world. This campaign was successful: from 2008 to 2011, a total of 34 new passenger and cargo routes were added to Malpensa's network.
The low-cost carrier EasyJet made Malpensa its main base after London Gatwick, with more than 20 of its Airbus A319s and Airbus A320s based here. The airline currently flies services from Malpensa to more than 70 destinations in Italy and across Europe. Competitor Ryanair confirmed plans to open an operating base at Malpensa from December 2015, initially with one aircraft.
In 2014 a contract was awarded for extension of the railway line from Terminal 1 to Terminal 2. The line was opened in December 2016. The new Malpensa Terminal 2 railway station is within 200 m north of the T2 arrivals hall, that is accessed by an outdoor covered walkway.
Malpensa Airport has two passenger terminals and they are connected by airport shuttle busses and trains.
Terminal 1, which opened in 1998, is the newer, larger and more prominent terminal. The terminal is divided into three sections and handles most passengers on scheduled as well as charter flights:
Prior to December 2016, the only public transport available at Terminal 2 was ATM (Transport for Milan) local buses or shuttle buses operated by Terravision, Autostradale and Malpensa Shuttle. Malpensa Airport additionally provides free shuttles connecting Terminal 2 to Terminal 1. A new railway station at Terminal 2 was opened in December 2016.
The following airlines operate regular scheduled, seasonal and charter flights to and from Malpensa:
|Aegean Airlines|| Athens|
|Air Algérie|| Algiers|
|Air Cairo||AlexandriaBorg El Arab, Hurghada (begins 24 December 2018), Luxor (begins 24 December 2018), Marsa Alam, Sharm El Sheikh|
|Air China||BeijingCapital, ShanghaiPudong|
|Air Dolomiti||Seasonal charter: Olbia|
|Air Europa|| Madrid|
Seasonal charter: Ibiza, Palma de Mallorca
|Air France||ParisCharles de Gaulle|
|Air Italy|| Accra, BangkokSuvarnabhumi, Cagliari (resumes 31 March 2019), Cairo, Catania, DakarDiass, Delhi, Lagos, Lamezia Terme, Los Angeles (begins 3 April 2019), Miami, Mumbai (begins 13 December 2018), Naples, New YorkJFK, Olbia, Palermo, RomeFiumicino, San Francisco (begins 10 April 2019), Sharm El Sheikh |
Seasonal: Mombasa (ends 6 January 2019), Zanzibar (ends 6 January 2019)
|Air Horizont||Seasonal charter: Brindisi, Kalamata, Kos, Lamezia Terme, Olbia, Palermo, Pantelleria|
|Air Nostrum||Seasonal charter: Menorca|
|AlbaStar|| Seasonal: Catania, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Lourdes, Palma de Mallorca|
Seasonal charter: Bodř, Heraklion, Ibiza, Karpathos, Kos, Marsa Alam, Menorca, Patras, Rhodes, Rovaniemi, Samos, Sharm El Sheikh, Tenerife South, Thessaloniki, Tromsř (begins 23 February 2019)
|Alitalia|| New YorkJFK, RomeFiumicino, TokyoNarita|
Seasonal charter: Hamburg, Pointe-ŕ-Pitre
|American Airlines||Miami, New YorkJFK|
|Blue Panorama Airlines|| Cancún, Havana, La Romana (ends 15 December 2018), Tirana|
Seasonal: Antigua, Cayo Coco, Heraklion, Holguín, Kos (resumes 7 June 2019), Lampedusa, Mombasa, Montego Bay, Rhodes, Santa Clara, Santo DomingoLas Américas (resumes 21 December 2018), Skiathos (begins 7 June 2019), Zanzibar
Seasonal charter: Fort-de-France  Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Marsa Alam, Sharm El Sheikh
|Cathay Pacific||Hong Kong|
|Croatia Airlines||Seasonal: Zagreb|
|Delta Air Lines|| New YorkJFK|
|easyJet|| Amsterdam, Barcelona, Bari, BerlinSchönefeld, BerlinTegel, Bordeaux, Brindisi, Cagliari, Catania, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Faro, Granada, Kraków, Lamezia Terme, Lanzarote, Larnaca, Lisbon, LondonGatwick, LondonLuton, Luxembourg, Madrid, Málaga, Manchester, Marrakech, Munich, Nantes, Naples, Olbia, Palermo, Palma de Mallorca, ParisCharles de Gaulle, Prague, StockholmArlanda, Stuttgart, Tallinn, Tel AvivBen Gurion, Tenerife South, Toulouse |
Seasonal: Alghero, Alicante, Athens, Bilbao, Corfu, Dubrovnik, Fuerteventura, Heraklion, Hurghada, Ibiza, Kephalonia, Kos, Malta, Menorca, Mykonos, Pula, Rhodes, Santiago de Compostela, Santorini, Split, Zadar, Zakynthos
|El Al||Tel AvivBen Gurion|
|Emirates||DubaiInternational, New YorkJFK|
|Ernest Airlines||Kharkiv (begins 21 March 2019), KyivZhuliany, Lviv, Tirana|
|Ethiopian Airlines||Addis Ababa|
|Etihad Airways||Abu Dhabi|
|Eurowings||Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Stuttgart|
|Flybe||Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester|
|Iran Air||TehranImam Khomeini|
|Kuwait Airways||Kuwait City|
|LATAM Brasil||Săo PauloGuarulhos|
|Laudamotion||BerlinTegel (ends 30 March 2019)|
|Level||Vienna (ends 6 January 2019)|
|LOT Polish Airlines||WarsawChopin|
|Mahan Air||TehranImam Khomeini|
|Middle East Airlines||Beirut|
|Neos|| Boa Vista, Cancún, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Havana, Holguín, La Romana, Malé, Marsa Alam, Montego Bay, Nanjing, Sal, Sharm El Sheikh, TenerifeSouth, Varadero|
Seasonal: Brindisi, Cagliari, Catania, Cayo Largo, Chania (resumes 12 June 2019), Corfu (resumes 3 June 2019), El Alamein (begins 21 May 2019), Freeport, Heraklion, Ibiza, Karpathos, Kos, Lamezia Terme, Lanzarote, Larnaca (resumes 7 June 2019), Luxor, Málaga, Marsa Matruh, Menorca, Mombasa, Mykonos, Nosy Be, Olbia, Palermo, Palma de Mallorca, Phu Quoc, Porto Santo, Rhodes, Rovaniemi, Salalah, Samos, (resumes 1 June 2019), Santorini, Skiathos, Tel AvivBen Gurion, Thessaloniki, Yangon, Zanzibar
Seasonal charter: Bergen, DubaiAl Maktoum, Mumbai,  Pointe-ŕ-Pitre, Rostock, StockholmArlanda
|Norwegian Air Shuttle||OsloGardermoen, StockholmArlanda|
|Pakistan International Airlines||Islamabad, Lahore|
|Rossiya Airlines||Saint Petersburg|
|Royal Air Maroc|| Casablanca|
Seasonal: Beni Mellal
|Ryanair|| Alicante, BerlinTegel (begins 1 April 2019), Brussels, Bucharest, Catania, Comiso, Gran Canaria, Katowice, Kaunas, Lamezia Terme, Liverpool, LondonStansted, Palermo, Porto, Seville, Sofia (ends 31 March 2019), TenerifeSouth, Valencia|
Seasonal: Heraklion (begins 3 June 2019)
|Saudia|| Jeddah, Riyadh|
|Scandinavian Airlines|| Copenhagen, OsloGardermoen|
|Swiss International Air Lines||Zürich|
|TAP Air Portugal||Lisbon, Porto|
|TUI fly Belgium||Seasonal: Casablanca|
Seasonal: Djerba, Monastir
|Turkish Airlines||IstanbulAtatürk (ends 31 December 2018), IstanbulHavaliman (begins 1 January 2019), IstanbulSabiha Gökçen|
|Twin Jet|| Marseille|
|Ukraine International Airlines||KyivBoryspil|
|Uzbekistan Airways|| Tashkent|
|Vueling|| Amsterdam, Barcelona, Bilbao, ParisOrly|
Seasonal: Alicante, Ibiza
|Wizz Air||Budapest, Debrecen (resumes 15 December 2018), Kutaisi, Podgorica, Skopje, Vienna (begins 22 February 2019), Vilnius|
|AeroLogic||Hong Kong, Leipzig/Halle|
|AirBridgeCargo Airlines||Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Maastricht/Aachen, MoscowDomodedovo, MoscowSheremetyevo|
|Asiana Cargo||LondonStansted, SeoulIncheon, Vienna|
|Atlas Air||Amsterdam, San Juan|
|Cargolux||CampinasViracopos, ChicagoO'Hare, LondonStansted, Los Angeles, Luxembourg, Maastricht/Aachen, New YorkJFK, TaipeiTaoyuan|
|Cargolux Italia||Almaty, Baku, CuritibaAfonso Pena, Dallas/Fort Worth, DubaiInternational, Hong Kong, Luxembourg, Mexico City, New YorkJFK, Novosibirsk, OsakaKansai, Zhengzhou|
|Cathay Pacific||Delhi, Hong Kong, LondonHeathrow, Manchester, Mumbai|
|DHL Aviation||Bucharest, East Midlands, Leipzig/Halle, LondonHeathrow, LondonLuton, LondonStansted, Madrid|
|Emirates SkyCargo||DubaiAl Maktoum|
|Ethiopian Airlines Cargo||Addis Ababa|
|FedEx Express||Ancona, DubaiInternational, Guangzhou, Memphis, Munich, Newark, ParisCharles de Gaulle, Pisa, ShanghaiPudong, Venice|
|Korean Air Cargo||Navoi, SeoulIncheon, Tel AvivBen Gurion, Vienna, Zaragoza|
|Lufthansa Cargo||Cairo, Frankfurt|
|Nippon Cargo Airlines||Amsterdam, Hahn, TokyoNarita|
|Qatar Airways Cargo||ChicagoO'Hare, Doha, LondonStansted, TripoliInternational|
|Royal Air Maroc||Brussels, Casablanca|
|Saudia Cargo||Brussels, Damman, Jeddah, Riyadh|
|Silk Way Airlines||Baku|
|Turkish Airlines Cargo||Algiers, IstanbulAtatürk|
|1||Catania, Sicily||951,031||93.30||Air Italy, easyJet, Neos Air, Ryanair|
|2||1||Palermo, Sicily||370,939||17.39||Air Italy, easyJet, Ryanair|
|3||1||Naples, Campania||355,582||1.60||Air Italy, easyJet|
|4||1||Olbia, Sardinia||314,193||12.43||Air Italy, easyJet, Neos Air|
|5||1||Lamezia Terme, Calabria||309,080||17.46||Air Italy, easyJet, Neos Air, Ryanair|
|7||1||Brindisi, Apulia||179,551||17.29||easyJet, Neos Air|
|8||1||Cagliari, Sardinia||178,982||31.29||easyJet, Neos Air|
|1||3||ParisCharles de Gaulle, France||789,798||44.09||Air France, easyJet|
|2||1||Barcelona, Spain||759,243||10.66||easyJet, Vueling|
|3||2||Amsterdam, Netherlands||744,949||60.81||easyJet, KLM, Vueling|
|4||2||Madrid, Spain||602,492||0.09||Air Europa, easyJet, Iberia|
|5||2||LondonGatwick, United Kingdom||569,331||2.73||easyJet|
|6||1||Lisbon, Portugal||442,911||12.91||easyJet, TAP Portugal|
|7||1||Munich, Germany||415,153||1.81||AirDolomiti, Easyjet, Lufthansa|
|8||4||Brussels, Belgium||367,272||37.04||Brussels Airlines, Ryanair|
|9||1||Copenhagen, Denmark||357,009||0.70||easyJet, Scandinavian Airlines|
|10||1||Frankfurt am Main, Germany||337,590||6.70||Lufthansa|
|11||6||Vienna, Austria||301,359||46.36||Austrian Airlines, easyJet|
|12||1||Prague, Czech Republic||295,957||5.84||Czech Airlines, easyJet|
|13||3||Athens, Greece||275,259||2.00||Aegean Airlines, easyJet|
|14||1||LondonHeathrow, United Kingdom||244,945||3.77||British Airways|
|15||Ibiza, Spain||223,590||4.79||easyJet, Iberia, Neos Air, Vueling|
|16||2||LondonStansted, United Kingdom||223,266||4.84||Ryanair|
|17||1||Budapest, Hungary||223,131||5.44||Wizz Air|
|22||4||Manchester, United Kingdom||172,259||25.69||easyJet, FlyBe|
|26||1||Stuttgart, Germany||155,696||11.48||easyJet, Eurowings|
|27||4||Málaga, Spain||154,782||4.16||easyJet, Neos Air|
|28||1||Luxembourg, Luxembourg||151,994||17.12||easyJet, Luxair|
|29||1||Warsaw, Poland||132,063||8.82||LOT Polish Airlines|
|30||9||Sofia, Bulgaria||123,974||85.02||Bulgaria Air, Ryanair|
|31||1||Palma de Mallorca, Spain||114,185||12.38||easyJet, Neos Air|
|34||new||StockholmArlanda, Sweden||103,038||easyJet, Norwegian Air Shuttle|
|35||1||Mykonos, Greece||97,184||8.45||easyJet, Neos|
|36||Menorca, Spain||87,604||8.08||easyJet, Neos|
|37||6||Birmingham, United Kingdom||85,304||18.34||FlyBe|
|38||new||Oporto, Portugal||82,437||Ryanair, TAP Portugal|
|40||5||Tenerife, Spain||79,816||1.54||easyJet, Neos|
|42||new||Fuerteventura, Spain||72,104||Air Italy, easyJet, Neos Air|
|44||4||Dublin, Ireland||62,640||7.14||Aer Lingus|
|45||8||Heraklion, Greece||58,278||21.12||Blue Panorama Airlines, easyJet, Neos Air|
|49||new||Rhodes, Greece||52,085||Blue Panorama Airlines, easyJet, Neos Air|
|50||new||Lanzarote, Spain||51,885||easyJet, Neos Air|
|1||New YorkJFK, New York, United States||686,891||0.45||Air Italy, Alitalia, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Emirates|
|2||Dubai-International, United Arab Emirates||660,807||12.46||Emirates|
|3||1||IstanbulAtatürk, Turkey||392,078||14.36||Turkish Airlines|
|5||Doha, Qatar||315,078||0.51||Qatar Airways|
|6||1||Tel Aviv, Israel||277,830||12.30||easyJet, El Al|
|7||1||Tirana, Albania||266,938||27.41||Blue Panorama Airlines, Ernest Airlines|
|8||2||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates||220,537||15.40||Alitalia, Etihad Airways|
|9||Zürich, Switzerland||216,711||3.55||Swiss International Air Lines|
|10||1||Cairo, Egypt||207,253||27.26||Air Italy, Egypt Air|
|11||1||Hong Kong, SAR||175,862||3.12||Cathay Pacific|
|12||20||Săo Paulo, Brazil||159,268||165.16||LATAM Brasil|
|13||Muscat, Oman||151,415||10.01||Oman Air|
|14||1||Shanghai, China||143,179||10.39||Air China|
|15||1||Casablanca, Morocco||132,728||4.00||Royal Air Maroc, Jetairfly|
|16||4||Newark, New Jersey, United States||131,803||12.73||United Airlines|
|17||2||Miami, Florida, United States||128,719||15.36||Air Italy, American Airlines|
|19||7||Oslo, Norway||115,007||30.06||Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian Airlines|
|21||3||Kiev, Ukraine||107,755||11.22||Ukraine International Airlines|
|22||2||Beijing, China||103,258||6.87||Air China|
|23||1||Singapore, Singapore||100,953||2.37||Singapore Airlines|
|24||1||Bangkok, Thailand||99,367||5.10||Air Italy, Thai Airways International|
|25||2||Havana, Cuba||97,956||0.66||Air Italy, Blue Panorama Airlines, Neos|
|26||2||Saint Petersburg, Russia||88,838||8.14||Rossiya Airlines|
|27||2||Delhi, India||83,138||19.26||Air India|
|29||9||IstanbulSabiha Gökçen, Turkey||69,078||36.27||Turkish Airlines|
|30||Seoul, South Korea||66,794||2.48||Korean Air|
|31||Belgrade, Serbia||66,648||4.62||Air Serbia|
|32||2||Tehran, Iran||62,055||18.47||Iran Air, Mahan Air|
|33||2||Toronto, Canada||59,847||17.80||Air Canada|
|34||new||Chisinau, Moldova||57,870||Air Italy, Air Moldova|
|35||new||Marsa Alam, Egypt||57,455||Air Cairo, Air Italy, Neos Air|
|Years||Movements||% variation||Passengers||% variation||Cargo (tons)||% variation|
The official association (AOC) consisting of airline station managers/representatives and service providers at Malpensa airport who are representing the interests of their respective companies and customers is active in the airport. The mission is to promote a cooperative and transparent relationship with our airport partners while maintaining focus on safety, customer experience and cost. The responsibilities of AOC cover: airport facilitation, emergency procedures, baggage working group and cargo working group. AOC also provides a great opportunity for airline managers to regularly meet together and with airport partners for a successful cooperation, discussion of current problems and development of joint solutions to optimize cooperation.
Malpensa Express trains run from Terminal 2 and Terminal 1 stations, to Milan Cadorna station in central Milan. A train leaves every 30 minutes in each direction. At Milan Cadorna, there are connections with Milan Metro lines M1 and M2, the Milan suburban railway service and other destinations. Journey time is 29 minutes (non-stop) or 34 minutes (stopping). Stopping services call at Busto Arsizio Ferrovie Nord Milano, Saronno (connections for Varese and Como) and Milan Bovisa (connection with suburban services).
Since 13 December 2010, the Malpensa Express has also run to Milan Central station, connecting there with Milan Metro lines M2 and M3 and various rail services. A train leaves every 30 minutes in each direction (or hourly during early mornings or late evenings). Journey times are 46 minutes (semi-fast) and 53 minutes (stopping). All services call at Milan Porta Garibaldi (connections with Milan Metro lines M2 and M5) and Saronno, with stopping services also calling at Busto Arsizio FNM station.
Other train services
Milan's Suburban Line S10 (Milano RogoredoMilano Bovisa) has run to Malpensa Airport/Aeroporto since June 2010. Trains call at: Ferno, Busto Arsizio, Castellanza, Rescaldina, Saronno, Milano Bovisa, Milano Lancetti, Milano Porta Garibaldi M2-M5, Milano Repubblica M3, Milano Porta Venezia M1, Milano Dateo and Milano Porta Vittoria. The service was terminated in October 2012.
Future train connections
The Malpensa Varese Mendrisio (CH) Lugano (CH) line is currently under construction, providing a direct connection between Malpensa Airport/Aeroporto and the south-eastern part of Switzerland. There are plans to connect Gallarate Station and Milan's Centrale Station (FS), which is currently a terminus station with no through tracks, to allow more convenient access to high-speed international lines.
Malpensa Airport is accessible by a four-lane motorway to the A8 (connecting Switzerland to Milan) and by a five-lane motorway to the A4 (connecting Turin/Torino, Verona, Venice and Triest/Trieste). Local access to the airport is provided by the State Road SS336 from Gallarate and by the State Road SS336dir from Magenta.