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MilanMalpensa Airport
Aeroporto di Milano-Malpensa
"Cittŕ di Milano"
Airport type Public
Operator SEA Aeroporti di Milano
Serves Milan, Italy
Location Ferno
Hub for
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL 1,000 ft / 304.8 m
Coordinates 45°3748N 008°4323E / 45.63000°N 8.72306°E / 45.63000; 8.72306Coordinates: 45°3748N 008°4323E / 45.63000°N 8.72306°E / 45.63000; 8.72306
Website milanomalpensa.eu
Location within Northern Italy
Direction Length Surface
m ft
17L/35R 3,920 12,861 Asphalt
17R/35L 3,920 12,861 Asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Passengers 22,169,167
Passenger change 16-17 14.2%
Aircraft movements 178,953
Movements change 16-17 7.3%
Statistics from Assaeroporti[3]

MilanMalpensa Airport (IATA: MXPICAO: LIMC), formerly City of Busto Arsizio Airport,[4][5] 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[6] 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[3] and was the 26th busiest airport in Europe 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 first busiest for freight and cargo. It handles 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.


Early years

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 making 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 all weather conditions.

After World War II

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 domestic services only.

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.

Expansion and development (1995-1998)

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.

A brief life as Alitalia's main hub (1998-2008)

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.[citation needed]

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.

Recent expansion: 2010s

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.

Lufthansa announced plans in 2008 to create its first hub outside Germany and its fourth European hub at Malpensa.[7] In October 2008, Lufthansa set up its Italian division, Lufthansa Italia. Operations commenced on 2 February 2009, but ceased on 30 October 2011 as Lufthansa abandoned plans to create a hub at Malpensa.

The low-cost carrier EasyJet has made Malpensa its most important base after London Gatwick, with 21 of its Airbus A319s based here. The airline currently flies services from Malpensa to 67 destinations in Italy and across Europe.[8] Competitor Ryanair confirmed plans to open an operating base at Malpensa from December 2015, initially with one aircraft.[9]

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.[10] 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.[11]


Malpensa Airport has two passenger terminals and they are connected by airport shuttle buses.

Terminal 1

Terminal 1, which opened in 1998, is the newer,[12] larger and more prominent terminal. The terminal is divided into three sections and handles most passengers on scheduled as well as charter flights:

  • Terminal 1A handles domestic and intra-Schengen flights.
  • Terminal 1B handles non-Schengen and some intercontinental flights.
  • Terminal 1C, opened in January 2013, handles non-Schengen and some intercontinental flights.
Terminal 2

Terminal 2 is the older terminal.[12] It is currently used exclusively by easyJet. All charter services, which were previously based in this terminal, moved to Terminal 1 upon its opening.

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 a free shuttle service to connect Terminal 2 to Terminal 1.[13] A new railway station at Terminal 2 was opened in December 2016.[14]

Airlines and destinations


The following airlines operate regular scheduled, seasonal and charter flights to and from Malpensa:[15]

Airlines Destinations
Aegean Airlines Athens
Seasonal: Kalamata
Aer Lingus Dublin
Aeroflot MoscowSheremetyevo, Saint Petersburg
Air Algérie Algiers, Annaba
Air Cairo Marsa Alam, Sharm El Sheikh
Seasonal charter: Alexandria-Borg El Arab (begins 25 March 2018)[16]
Air Canada Seasonal: TorontoPearson
Air China BeijingCapital, ShanghaiPudong
Air Europa Madrid
Seasonal charter: Ibiza, Palma de Mallorca
Air France ParisCharles de Gaulle
Air India Delhi
Air Italy Accra, BangkokSuvarnabhumi (begins 9 September 2018)[17], Cairo, Catania (resumes 2 July 2018)[18], DakarDiass, Fortaleza (ends 25 April 2018), Fuerteventura (ends 7 May 2018), Havana, Lagos, Lamezia Terme (resumes 26 August 2018),[18] La Romana (ends 6 May 2018), Mauritius (ends 6 May 2018), Miami (begins 8 June 2018)[19], MoscowDomodedovo, Naples (resumes 1 May 2018),[20] New YorkJFK (begins 1 June 2018)[19], Olbia, Palermo (begins 1 May 2018),[20] RomeFiumicino (begins 1 May 2018)[20]
Seasonal: Marsa Alam (ends 5 May 2018), Mombasa, Recife (ends 25 April 2018), Sharm el-Sheikh (ends 6 May 2018), Zanzibar
Seasonal charter: Fort-de-France,[21] Shenzhen
Air Moldova Chiinu
Air Nostrum Seasonal charter: Menorca (begins 2 June 2018)[22]
Air Serbia Belgrade
airBaltic Riga
AlbaStar Seasonal: Catania, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Lourdes
Seasonal charter: Bodř (begins 17 June 2018),[23] Heraklion, Ibiza, Karpathos, Kos, Marsa Alam, Minorca, Palma de Mallorca, Patras, Rhodes, Rovaniemi, Samos, Sharm El Sheikh, TenerifeSouth, Thessaloniki
Alitalia Abu Dhabi (ends 24 March 2018),[24] New YorkJFK, RomeFiumicino (resumes 1 April 2018),[25] TokyoNarita
Seasonal charter: Hamburg, Pointe-ŕ-Pitre, StockholmArlanda
American Airlines Miami, New YorkJFK
AtlasGlobal IstanbulAtatürk
Austrian Airlines Vienna
Azerbaijan Airlines Baku
Belavia Minsk
Blue Panorama Airlines Cancún, Havana, Montego Bay, Tirana
Seasonal: Antigua, Cayo Coco, Cayo Largo, Heraklion (resumes 3 June 2018),[26] Holguín, Lampedusa (resumes 2 June 2018),[27] La Romana, Mombasa, Rhodes (resumes 2 June 2018),[28] Zanzibar
BMI Regional Bristol
British Airways LondonHeathrow
Brussels Airlines Brussels
Bulgaria Air Sofia
Cathay Pacific Hong Kong
Croatia Airlines Seasonal: Zagreb
Czech Airlines Prague
Delta Air Lines New YorkJFK
Seasonal: Atlanta
easyJet Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Bari, BerlinSchönefeld, BerlinTegel, Bordeaux, Brindisi, Cagliari, Catania, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Fuerteventura, GlasgowInternational, Granada, Kraków, Lamezia Terme, Lanzarote, Larnaca, Lisbon, LondonGatwick, LondonLuton, Lublin, Luxembourg, Madrid, Málaga, Manchester, Marrakech, Munich, Nantes, Naples, Olbia, Palermo, ParisCharles de Gaulle, Prague, Santiago de Compostela, StockholmArlanda, Stuttgart, Tallinn, Tel AvivBen Gurion, TenerifeSouth, Toulouse, Vienna (begins 31 May 2018)[29]
Seasonal: Alghero, Alicante, Bilbao, Cephalonia, Corfu, Dubrovnik, Faro (begins 1 June 2018),[30] Heraklion, Ibiza, Kos, Malta, Minorca, Mykonos, Palma de Mallorca, Pula (begins 25 June 2018)[31], Rhodes, Santorini, Split, Zadar, Zakynthos
EgyptAir Cairo
El Al Tel AvivBen Gurion
Ellinair Seasonal: Thessaloniki
Emirates DubaiInternational, New YorkJFK
Eritrean Airlines Asmara
Ernest Airlines Lviv (begins 22 June 2018),[32] Tirana
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi
Eurowings Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Stuttgart
Finnair Helsinki
Flybe Birmingham, Cardiff, LondonSouthend, Manchester
FlyOne Chiinu
HOP! Lyon, Nantes
Iberia Madrid
Icelandair Seasonal: ReykjavíkKeflavík
Iran Air TehranImam Khomeini
KLM Amsterdam
Korean Air SeoulIncheon
LATAM Brasil Săo PauloGuarulhos
LOT Polish Airlines WarsawChopin
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich
Lufthansa Regional Munich
Luxair Luxembourg
Mahan Air TehranImam Khomeini
Middle East Airlines Beirut
Neos Boa Vista, Cancún, Cayo Largo, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Havana, Holguín, La Romana, Malé, Marsa Alam, Mombasa, Montego Bay, Nanjing, Nosy Be, Sal, Sharm el-Sheikh, TenerifeSouth, Varadero
Seasonal: Brindisi, Cagliari, Catania, Freeport, Heraklion, Ibiza, Karpathos, Kos, Lamezia Terme, Lanzarote, Mersa Matruh, Menorca, Mykonos, Olbia (resumes 26 May 2018),[33] Palermo (resumes 3 June 2018),[34] Palma de Mallorca, Phuket, Phu Quoc, Porto Santo, Rhodes, Rovaniemi, Salalah, Santorini, Skiathos, Tel AvivBen Gurion, Thessaloniki, Zanzibar
Seasonal charter: DubaiAl Maktoum, Pointe-ŕ-Pitre[35][36]
Norwegian Air Shuttle Los Angeles (begins 16 June 2018)[37][38], OsloGardermoen, StockholmArlanda
Oman Air Muscat
Pakistan International Airlines Islamabad, Lahore
Qatar Airways Doha
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca
Ryanair Alicante, Brussels, Bucharest, Catania, Comiso, Gran Canaria, Katowice, Kaunas (begins 29 October 2018), Lamezia Terme, Liverpool, LondonStansted, Palermo, Porto, Seville, Sofia, TenerifeSouth (begins 28 October 2018)[39], Valencia
Saudia Jeddah, Riyadh
Seasonal: Medina
Scandinavian Airlines Copenhagen, OsloGardermoen
Seasonal: StockholmArlanda
Singapore Airlines Singapore
Swiss International Air Lines Zürich
TACV Sal (begins 2 April 2018)[40]
TAP Air Portugal Lisbon, Porto (resumes 25 March 2018)[41]
Thai Airways BangkokSuvarnabhumi
TUI fly Belgium Seasonal: Casablanca
Tunisair Tunis
Seasonal: Djerba, Monastir
Turkish Airlines IstanbulAtatürk, IstanbulSabiha Gökçen
Seasonal charter: zmir (begins 8 June 2018)[42]
Twin Jet Marseille
Seasonal: Nice
Ukraine International Airlines KievBoryspil
United Airlines Newark
Utair MoscowVnukovo
Uzbekistan Airways Tashkent
Vueling Amsterdam, Barcelona, Bilbao, Gran Canaria, ParisOrly
Seasonal: Alicante, Ibiza, Menorca (begins 26 May 2018)[43]
Wizz Air Budapest, Kutaisi, Podgorica, Sibiu (ends 24 March 2018)[44], Skopje (begins 26 March 2018),[45] Vienna (begins 22 February 2019),[46] Vilnius (begins 25 March 2018)[47]
WOW air Seasonal: ReykjavíkKeflavík
Airlines Destinations
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
EgyptAir Cargo Cairo, Ostend
Emirates SkyCargo DubaiAl Maktoum
Ethiopian Airlines Cargo Addis Ababa
Etihad Cargo Abu Dhabi, Barbados, Bogotá, MoscowDomodedovo, San Juan
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,[48] Doha, LondonStansted, TripoliInternational
Royal Air Maroc Brussels, Casablanca
Saudia Cargo Brussels, Damman, Jeddah, Riyadh
Silk Way Airlines Baku[49]
Swiftair East Midlands[50]
Turkish Airlines Cargo Algiers, IstanbulAtatürk[51]


Busiest routes
Busiest domestic routes to/from Milan Malpensa (2016)[52]
Rank Rank
(prev. year)
Airport Passengers Airline(s)
1 1 Catania, Sicily 491,998 Albastar, easyJet, Meridiana, Mistral Air, Neos Air, Ryanair
2 1 Naples, Campania 349,972 easyJet, Meridiana
3 1 Palermo, Sicily 315,987 Albastar, easyJet
4 1 Rome-Fiumicino, Lazio 291,701 Alitalia, easyJet
5 Olbia, Sardinia 279,453 easyJet, Meridiana, Neos Air
6 Lamezia Terme, Calabria 263,135 Albastar, easyJet, Neos Air
7 Bari, Apulia 195,638 easyJet
8 Brindisi, Apulia 153,083 AirBaltic, easyJet, Neos Air
9 Cagliari, Sardinia 136,324 easyJet, Meridiana, Neos Air
10 new Comiso, Sicily 125,552 Ryanair
Busiest routes between Milan Malpensa and destinations within the European Union (2016)[52]
Rank Rank
(prev. year)
Airport Passengers Airline(s)
1 Barcelona, Spain 686,128 easyJet, Vueling
2 1 Madrid, Spain 601,979 Air Europa, easyJet, Iberia
3 1 London-Gatwick, United Kingdom 554,189 easyJet
4 2 Paris-Charles de Gaulle, France 548,130 easyJet
5 1 Amsterdam, Netherlands 463,242 easyJet, Vueling
6 1 Munich, Germany 422,794 Lufthansa, AirDolomiti, Easyjet
7 Lisbon, Portugal 392,263 easyJet, TAP Portugal
8 Copenhagen, Denmark 359,541 easyJet, Scandinavian Airlines
9 Frankfurt am Main, Germany 316,398 Lufthansa
10 2 Athens, Greece 280,866 Aegean Airlines, easyJet
11 Prague, Czech Republic 279,616 Czech Airlines, easyJet
12 2 Brussels, Belgium 268,007 Brussels Airlines, easyJet, Ryanair
13 London-Heathrow, United Kingdom 236,057 British Airways
14 new London-Stansted, United Kingdom 234,617 Ryanair
15 1 Ibiza, Spain 213,375 Air Europa, Albastar, easyJet, Meridiana, Neos Air, Vueling
16 1 Budapest, Hungary 211,609 Wizzair
17 3 Vienna, Austria 205,898 Austrian Airlines
18 1 Hamburg, Germany 191,139 easyJet, Germanwings
19 1 Berlin-Schönefeld, Germany 171,059 easyJet
20 1 Helsinki, Finland 169,163 Finnair
21 5 Edinburgh, Scotland 157,874 easyJet
22 2 Düsseldof, Germany 149,381 Germanwings
23 1 Málaga, Spain 148,607 easyJet, Neos Air, Vueling
24 3 London-Luton, England 144,977 easyJet
25 2 Stuttgart Germany 139,663 easyJet, Germanwings
26 9 Manchester, United Kingdom 137,046 easyJet, FlyBe
27 3 Luxembourg, Luxembourg 129,773 easyJet, Luxair
28 3 Warsaw, Poland 121,364 LOT Polish Airlines
29 2 Paris-Orly, France 110,493 Vueling
30 7 Bucharest, Romania 107,690 Ryanair
31 1 Birmingham, United Kingdom 104,462 FlyBe
32 5 Palma de Mallorca, Spain 101,886 Air Europa, Albastar, easyJet, Neos Air, Vueling
33 5 Cologne, Germany 94,786 Eurowings
34 5 Mykonos, Greece 89,609 Albastar, easyJet, Neos
35 2 Tenerife, Spain 81,065 easyJet, Neos
36 4 Menorca, Spain 81,055 easyJet, Iberia, Neos, Vueling
37 3 Heraklion, Greece 73,880 Albastar, easyJet, Neos
38 Bordeaux, France 69,573 easyJet
39 new Sofia, Bulgaria 67,007 Bulgaria Air, Ryanair
40 4 Dublin, Ireland 58,463 Aer Lingus
41 1 Lyon, France 53,129 HOP!
42 new Seville, Spain 51,095 Ryanair
43 new Riga, Latvia 50,360 airBaltic
Busiest routes between Milan Malpensa and destinations outside the Schengen area (2016)[52]
Rank Rank
(prev. year)
City Passengers Airline(s)
1 New York-JFK, New York, United States 689,995 Alitalia, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Emirates
2 Dubai-International, United Arab Emirates 587,576 Emirates
3 1 Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Russia 343,358 Aeroflot, Alitalia
4 1 Istanbul-Atatürk, Turkey 342,856 Turkish Airlines
5 Doha, Qatar 313,465 Qatar Airways
6 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 260,695 Alitalia, Etihad Airways
7 Tel Aviv, Israel 247,390 easyJet, El Al, Meridiana, Neos Air
8 3 Tirana, Albania 209,508 Alitalia, Blue Panorama Airlines
9 3 Zürich, Switzerland 209,279 Swiss International Air Lines
10 Hong Kong, SAR 170,536 Cathay Pacific
11 1 Cairo, Egypt 162,857 Egypt Air, Meridiana
12 1 Newark, New Jersey, United States 151,022 United Airlines
13 5 Muscat, Oman 137,635 Oman Air
14 1 Tokyo, Japan 133,125 Alitalia
15 1 Shanghai, China 129,703 Air China
16 7 Casablanca, Morocco 127,628 Royal Air Maroc
17 new Santiago de Chile, Chile 122,898 LAN Airlines
18 6 Kiev, Ukraine 121,374 UIA
19 1 Miami, Florida, United States 111,585 American Airlines
20 1 Istanbul, Turkey 108,378 Pegasus Airlines, Turkish Airlines
21 Tunis, Tunisia 104,343 Tunisair
22 3 Singapore, Singapore 104,799 Singapore Airlines
23 3 Havana, Cuba 98,602 Blue Panorama Airlines, Meridiana, Neos
24 2 Beijing, China 96,619 Air China
25 2 Bangkok, Thailand 94,548 Thai Airways International
26 2 Oslo, Norway 88,428 Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian Airlines
27 11 Marrakesh, Morocco 87,849 easyJet
28 5 Saint Petersburg, Russia 82,151 Rossiya Airlines
29 5 Delhi, India 69,709 Air India
30 1 Seoul, South Corea 68,491 Korean Air
31 1 Belgrade, Serbia 63,704 Air Serbia
32 15 Săo Paulo, Brazil 60,065 LAN Airlines, LATAM Brasil
33 4 La Romana, Dominican Republic 54,381 Blue Panorama Airlines, Meridiana, Neos
34 new Tehran, Iran 52,382 Iran Air, Mahan Air
35 Toronto, Canada 50,805 Air Canada
Movements by country
European countries with passenger movements
from/to Milan Malpensa Airport (2016)
Rank Rank
(prev. year)
Country Passengers 2016 Var. %
(prev. year)
1  Spain 2,137,854 +14.55
2 1  UK 1,638,130 +35.42
3 1  Germany 1,511,275 -0.98
4  France 888,238 -1.00
5  Greece 633,877 +6.10
6 1  Netherlands 463,350 +21.65
7 1  Portugal 440,516 +0.56
8  Denmark 359,541 -3.74
9 1  Czech Republic 279,616 +5.32
10 1  Belgium 269,446 -12.63
11 1  Hungary 211,609 +8.69
12 1  Austria 206,036 -6.77
13  Finland 171,505 -4.47
14 1  Poland 152,240 +31.81
15 1  Luxembourg 129,773 +6.21
16 1  Romania 114,968 +89.76
17 1  Bulgaria 67,007 +63.66
18 2  Ireland 58,582 -3.75
19  Latvia 50,360 +24.81
20  Cyprus 33,002 -15.15
21 2  Estonia 28,633 +247.45
22  Sweden 10,207 -18.88
23 2  Malta 8,796 +6.73
24 new  Slovak Republic 366
General statistics
Years Movements % variation Passengers % variation Cargo (tons) % variation
2000 249,107 13.3 20,716,815 22.1 301,045 4.6
2001 236,409 5.1 18,570,494 10.4 323,707 7.5
2002 214,886 9.1 17,441,250 6.1 328,241 1.4
2003 213,554 0.6 17,621,585 1 362,587 10.5
2004 218,048 2.1 18,554,874 5.3 361,237 13.1
2005 227,718 4.4 19,630,514 5.8 384,752 6.5
2006 247,456 8.7 21,767,267 10.9 419,128 8,9
2007 267,941 8.3 23,885,391 9.7 486,666 16.1
2008 218,476 18.5 19,221,632 19.5 415,952 14.5
2009 187,551 14.2 17,551,635 8.7 344,047 17.3
2010 193,771 3.3 18,947,808 8 432,674 25.8
2011 190,838 1.5 19,303,131 1.8 450,446 4.1
2012 174,892 8.4 18,537,301 4 414,317 8
2013 164,745 5.8 17,955,075 3.1 430,343 3.9
2014 166,749 1.2 18,853,203 5 469,657 9.1
2015 160,484 3.8 18,582,043 1.4 511,191 8.8
2016 166,842 4 19,420,690 4.5 548,767 7.4
2017 178,953 7.3 22,169,167 14.2 589,719 7.5
January 2018 13,447 9.3 1,603,096 10.6 46,788 7.4
Evolution of the number of passengers since 2000 (million of people)[53]

Airline Operators Committee (AOC MXP)

Is active in the airport an official body 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. 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.

Transport links


Malpensa Express

Malpensa Express trains run from Terminal 2 and Terminal 1 stations, to Milan Cadorna station in the south-west of 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 Centrale (connections for Varese and Como) and Milan Bovisa (connection with suburban services).[54]

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 Centrale, with stopping services also calling at Busto Arsizio FNM station.[55]

Other train services

TiLo operate services to Bellinzona in Switzerland.[56]

Two daily high-speed (Alta Velocitŕ) services connected Malpensa Aeroporto to Florence/Firenze via Milan Central, Bologna Central and Florence Santa Maria Novella stations. One of the high-speed trains continues to Naples/Napoli via Rome Termini.[57] As of October 2012, the service was terminated.

Milan's Suburban Line S10 (Milano RogoredoMilano Bovisa) runs to Malpensa Airport/Aeroporto from June 2010 onwards.[58] Trains call at: Ferno, Busto Arsizio, Castellanza, Rescaldina, Saronno Centrale, Milano Bovisa, Milano Lancetti, Milano Porta Garibaldi M2-M5, Milano Repubblica M3, Milano Porta Venezia M1, Milano Dateo and Milano Porta Vittoria. As of October 2012, the service is now terminated.

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, so as to allow more convenient access to high-speed international lines.

  • Malpensa Shuttle and Malpensa Bus Express connect the airport to Milan Central station (Trenitalia's National Railway hub) and for Milan's Metro network. The shuttle bus calls at Terminals 1 and 2, Busto Arsizio and Milan Fair (on request). Journey time is 6070 minutes.
  • From February 2010 onwards, Lufthansa Airport Bus, in partnership with Autostrade SpA, connects Milan Central Station, with Terminal 1 & 2, with stops in Fieramilanocity and Milan Fair Rho/Pero on request, every 20 minutes. Furthermore, this new service links the Airport with destinations in Lombardy (Varese, Como, Bergamo and Brescia), Piedmont (Turin/Torino, Alessandria and Novara), Liguria (Genoa/Genova) and Switzerland (Bellinzona, Chiasso and Lugano).[59]
  • A free, 24-hour shuttle bus provides access to Terminal 2 from Terminal 1. The bus leaves every 7 minutes. Journey time is 1520 minutes.
  • Malpensa Airport has a direct coach connection with Milan's Linate Airport.

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.

Official taxis in Milan are white and are equipped with taximeter, showing the total price for the journey (the price is for the vehicle, not for people) calculated with official fares approved by local government authorities. The only exception is the journey from city to airport and return.


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