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Milan Malpensa Airport
Aeroporto di Milano-Malpensa
"Città di Milano"
Milan Malpensa SEA logo.gif
Malpensa Airport aerial view.jpg
Airport type Public
Operator SEA Aeroporti di Milano
Serves Milan
Location Somma Lombardo, Italy
Hub for
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL 768 ft / 234 m
Coordinates 45°37′48″N 008°43′23″E / 45.63000°N 8.72306°E / 45.63000; 8.72306Coordinates: 45°37′48″N 008°43′23″E / 45.63000°N 8.72306°E / 45.63000; 8.72306
MXP is located in Italy
Location within Italy
Direction Length Surface
m ft
17L/35R 3,920 12,861 Asphalt
17R/35L 3,920 12,861 Asphalt
Statistics (2012)
Passengers 18,537,301
Passenger change 11-12 Decrease -4.0%
Aircraft movements 174,892
Movements change 11-12 Decrease -8.4%
Statistics from Assaeroporti[2]

Milano Malpensa Airport (IATA: MXPICAO: LIMC), also named City of Milan Airport, former City of Busto Arsizio Airport[3][4] is the largest airport of Milan, northern Italy. The first industrial airport was opened in 1909 near the Cascina Malpensa, an old farm, by Giovanni Agusta and Gianni Caproni to test their prototypes. The civil flight airport was then opened in 1948, during war reconstruction, to serve the northern area of Milan. Until recently it was a major hub for Alitalia, but now serves as a hub for long-haul flights and low-cost carriers. It is located 40 kilometres (25 mi) northwest[5] of central Milan, Italy. It is one of 3 airports in the Milan metropolitan area.

The airport is in the Province of Varese, within the communes of Cardano al Campo, Somma Lombardo, Casorate Sempione, Ferno, Lonate Pozzolo, Samarate, and Vizzola Ticino.[citation needed]

Malpensa was the 21st busiest airport in Europe in terms of passengers, handling 18,947,808 passengers in 2010[2] and 18,537,301 in 2012.[2] As of early 2008 Malpensa remains the top Italian airport in terms of international traffic, together with Rome Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport in terms of total passengers. As far as hub transit passengers are concerned it is also the second airport in Italy after Rome, according to ASSAEROPORTI traffic data. It is also the leading air-freight airport in Italy. Malpensa serves a population of over 15 million inhabitants.

EasyJet has a dedicated Terminal (T2) and Malpensa is the company's biggest base outside the United Kingdom.

In 2008 Lufthansa announced plans to create its first hub outside Germany and its fourth European hub at Milan Malpensa airport.[6] In October 2008, Lufthansa set up its Italian division, Lufthansa Italia. Operations commenced on 2 February 2009, and ceased on October 30, 2011 as Lufthansa abandoned plans to create a hub at Malpensa airport.

Malpensa has two terminals and a third runway has been announced, with construction to commence in 2014 and finish in 2017. There is also a dedicated cargo terminal called "CargoCity", which currently handles over 410,000 tons of yearly traffic.


The airfield has been associated with aviation for more than 100 years. It all began on 27 May 1910 when the Caproni brothers flew their first "flying machine", the Cal biplane, from what was little more than a field. In the years that followed, many prototypes took-off from here and eventually a more formal airfield was established. Both Gianni Caproni and Giovanni Agusta established factories on the new site, and it quickly 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 the Luftwaffe. Soon after their arrival the Germans laid the airfield’s first concrete runway. After the cessation of hostilities, manufacturers and politicians of the Milan and Varese regions, led by banker Benigno Ajroldi of Banca Alto Milanese, restored the airfield with the aim of making it an industrial fulcrum for post-war recovery. The main runway, which was heavily damaged by German troops as they retreated from northern Italy, was rebuilt and extended to 1,800m and a small wooden terminal was constructed to protect goods and passengers from the weather.

After World War II[edit]

Malpensa Airport official opening to commercial traffic took place on 21 November 1948 as "Aeroporto Città di Busto Arsizio", although 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 Constellation on 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 "Società Aeroporto di Busto Arsizio", and changed its name to "Società Esercizi Aeroportuali SpA" (SEA). Once in full control, SEA decided to develop Malpensa as an international and intercontinental gateway, while Milan’s other airport, Linate Airport, was tasked with handling domestic services only. Between 1958 and 1962 a new terminal was constructed at Malpensa and the facility’s two parallel runways were extended to 3,915m in length, becoming the longest in Europe at that time.
By the beginning of the 1960s, 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 from Milan’s city centre, making it much easier to reach for passengers. This left Malpensa with just a handful of intercontinental links, charter flights and cargo operations. It was the beginning of a period of good fortune for the city facility while 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, it had reached saturation point. With no land available 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 air 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 developing fast and efficient connections to Milan’s city centre. The European Union recognised the 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, with Milan’s state-of-the-art airport was opened eight years later.

Alitalia Moves In[edit]

During the night of October 24/25 1998 Alitalia moved the majority of its fleet from Rome-Fiumicino – where it had flown from for over 50 years – to Malpensa Airport, which then 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 that year, 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 numbers had reached 23.9 million. Efficient rail links to and from the airport from two different stations in Milan (Centrale and Cadorna) ensured easy access while the nearby A8 motorway had an extra lane added in each direction to help speed-up traffic into and out of the city centre.
Malpensa Airport had firmly established itself as one of Italy’s leading facilities, but it wasn’t standing still. A new development plan was launched by "Societa Esercizi Aeroportuali SpA" (SEA), valued at €1.4 billion, which included a third pier for Terminal 1 and the construction of a third runway. However, this was not enough to keep the national carrier happy. In a decision that shocked the population of northern Italy, Alitalia announced that it was moving its hub operations back to Rome/Fiumicino with immediate effect. Many Milanese believed the Italian carrier had betrayed them with its decision – but the airline countered by saying it was forced to move due to the high operating costs at Malpensa. Alitalia didn’t pull out of Milan entirely; it continued to fly several domestic and European services from here as well as three intercontinental flights (to New York, Tokyo and Sao Paulo). But the airport lost around 20% of its daily movements, a decrease from 700 to 550, which resulted in only 19,2 million passengers passing through its doors during 2008. It continued to suffer during 2009, the international financial crisis and higher fuel prices meaning passenger figures fell below those set in 1997, with only 17,6 million people using the facility. For "Societa Esercizi Aeroportuali SpA" (SEA), Alitalia’s move came as a complete shock. But after a summer of coming to terms with the reality of the withdrawal, the publicly owned group (its major shareholder is the municipality of Milan) decided to launch an all-out publicity programme, aggressively marketing the airport and its capabilities around the world. This campaign was deemed a success (in the face of Alitalia’s departure): in the three years after spring 2008, a total of 34 new passenger and cargo airlines started flying to and from the airport – including low-cost carrier easyJet, which has made Malpensa its most important base after London-Gatwick with a total of 17 of its fleet of Airbus A319s based here. The airline currently flies services to 43 destinations across Italy and Europe.[7]

Ground handling[edit]

Ground handling services have been slowly deregulated and have seen SEA (the airport authority) create SEA Handling and the arrival of private handler ATA Handling. ATA Handling provides all services apart from bus transport to/from aircraft (originally subcontracted to SEA Handling, now subcontracted to Air Pullman) and disabled assistance. Up to 2001 all ground handling services were provided by SEA and TWA. In the first few years of deregulation some airlines put their own staff for customer assistance but Air One and British Airways realised that it was too expensive and so dismissed them. United Airlines stopped flying to Malpensa. To date the only airline with its own check-in staff remains KLM. Passenger handling is provided by SEA Handling, ATA Handling, Aviapartner, Globeground Italia and ICTS Italia. Ramp services are provided by SEA Handling, ATA and recently Aviapartner. SEA Handling provides 80% of ramp services mostly thanks to its major customer Alitalia.

In May 2006, Italy's Civil Aviation Authority took off the limitation of two ramp handlers. Aviapartner and ARE Group announced that they would create a new company called Aviapartner (owned 51% by Aviapartner and 49% ARE Group) to serve Milan Malpensa and Rome Fiumicino. .

Aviapartner has started operating serving Iberia flights and signing more contracts as time has gone on. However, SEA Handling maintains a dominant position and is reorganising itself to be more competitive by going from a monopolistic mentality to a free market one.

Security services[edit]

Passport stamp

Airport security services were transferred in 2000 from the Polizia di Stato (State Police) to SEA which created an internal division called SEA Airport Security. Up to 2002, SEA was assisted by IVRI in providing security services but the contract was not renewed. SEA Airport Security is supervised by Polizia di Stato (Italian State Police), Guardia di Finanza (Italian Military Customs Police) and Ente Nazionale Aviazione Civile (Italy's Civil Aviation Authority). Carabinieri supervise ramp entrance. Furthermore some airlines rely on private security companies (such as ICTS Italia, SEA Airport Security, Gruppo Sicurezza etc.) to provide ID check and airplane guarding.


Malpensa Airport consists of two passenger terminals which are located several kilometres apart:

Terminal 1[edit]

This largest and most important terminal is divided into three sections and handles most of the airlines and 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 and handles non-Schengen and some intercontinental flights

Terminal 2[edit]

Terminal 2 is currently used by EasyJet only. Previously it was also used for charter services which are now operated from Terminal 1.

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Alitalia Airbus A330-200 takeoff from Malpensa Airport.
easyJet Airbus A319 landing at Malpensa Airport.
Aeroflot Airbus A321 landing at Malpensa Airport.
Air Italy Boeing 767-200ER taxiing at Malpensa Airport.
airBaltic Boeing 737-300 taxiing at Malpensa Airport.
Air One Airbus A320 taxiing at Malpensa Airport.
British Airways Airbus A320 taxiing at Malpensa Airport.
Airlines Destinations Terminal
Aegean Airlines Athens 1A
Aer Lingus Dublin 1C
Aeroflot Moscow-Sheremetyevo 1B
operated by Rossiya
St Petersburg 1B
Air Algérie Algiers 1B
Air Berlin Berlin-Tegel, Düsseldorf 1A
Air Canada Toronto-Pearson (resumes 19 June 2014)[8] 1B
Air China Beijing-Capital, Shanghai-Pudong 1B
Air Europa Madrid 1A
Air Moldova Chisinau 1B
Air One Catania 1A
Air One Tirana 1B
Air Serbia Belgrade 1B
airBaltic Riga 1A
Alitalia Rome-Fiumicino
Seasonal: Ibiza (begins 2 August 2014),[9] Rhodes (begins 13 July 2014)[9]
Alitalia Cairo, Moscow-Sheremetyevo, New York-JFK, Tokyo-Narita, Tunis
Seasonal: St Petersburg (begins 7 June 2014)
operated by Alitalia CityLiner
Rome-Fiumicino 1A
American Airlines Miami, New York-JFK 1B
Atlantic Airways Seasonal: Vágar 1A
Austrian Airlines
operated by Tyrolean Airways
Vienna 1A
Azerbaijan Airlines Baku 1C
Belavia Minsk-National 1B
Blue Panorama Airlines Cancún, Cayo Largo del Sur, Havana, Holguín, Montego Bay, Santa Clara
Winter Seasonal: La Romana,
Blue Panorama Airlines
operated by Blu-express
Tirana 1B
Blue Panorama Airliens
operated by Blu-express
Summer Seasonal: Lampedusa, Pantelleria 1A
BMI Regional Bristol[10] 1B
British Airways London-Heathrow 1B
Brussels Airlines Brussels 1A
Bulgaria Air Sofia 1B
Cathay Pacific Hong Kong 1B
Czech Airlines Prague 1A
Delta Air Lines New York-JFK
Seasonal: Atlanta[11]
easyJet Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Bari, Belgrade-Nikola Tesla,[12] Berlin-Schönefeld, Bordeaux, Brindisi, Brussels, Cagliari, Casablanca, Catania, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Hamburg, Lamezia Terme, Larnaca, London-Gatwick, London-Luton, Lisbon, Luxembourg, Madrid, Málaga, Marrakech, Naples, Olbia, Palermo, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Prague, Rome-Fiumicino, Sharm el-Sheikh (ends 26 June 2014), Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion, Tenerife-South (begins 2 September 2014)[13]
Seasonal: Alghero, Cephalonia, Corfu, Dubrovnik, Heraklion, Ibiza, Kos, Malta, Menorca, Mykonos, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes, Santorini, Split, Zakynthos
EgyptAir Cairo 1B
El Al Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion 1B
Emirates Dubai-International, New York-JFK 1C
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa 1B
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi 1C
Eurolot Lublin 1A
Finnair Helsinki 1A
Flybe Birmingham, Manchester 1B
Germanwings Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Hanover, Stuttgart 1A
HOP! Lyon, Marseille (ends 2 June 2014), Nantes 1A
Iberia Madrid 1A
Icelandair Seasonal: Reykjavík-Keflavík 1A
Iran Air Tehran-Imam Khomeini 1B
Jetairfly Seasonal: Casablanca 1B
Korean Air Seoul-Incheon 1B
Livingston Tirana
Seasonal: Lampedusa (begins 24 May 2014),[14] Zanzibar
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw-Chopin 1A
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich 1A
Lufthansa Regional
operated by Air Dolomiti
Munich 1A
Lufthansa Regional
operated by Lufthansa CityLine
Munich 1A
Luxair Luxembourg 1A
Meridiana Fuerteventura, Tenerife-South, Tirana, Zanzibar
Seasonal: Cagliari (begins 6 June 2014), Lampedusa, Mykonos, Olbia, Rhodes, Santorini
Meridiana Chisinau, Dakar, Fortaleza, La Romana, Malé, Mauritius, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion,
Seasonal: Mombasa, Sharm el-Sheikh
Middle East Airlines Beirut 1B
Niki Vienna 1A
Norwegian Air Shuttle Oslo-Gardermoen 1A
Oman Air Muscat 1B
Pakistan International Airlines Islamabad, Lahore 1B
Qatar Airways Doha 1C
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca, Marrakech 1B
Royal Jordanian Amman-Queen Alia (ends 1 May 2014) 1B
Saudia Jeddah, Riyadh
Hajj: Medina
Scandinavian Airlines Copenhagen
Seasonal: Oslo-Gardermoen
Singapore Airlines Singapore 1C
Swiss International Air Lines
operated by Swiss European Air Lines
Zürich 1A
TAM Airlines São Paulo-Guarulhos 1C
TAP Portugal Lisbon 1A
TAP Portugal
operated by Portugália
Porto 1A
Thai Airways Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi 1B
Transaero Airlines Moscow-Domodedovo, Moscow-Vnukovo, St. Petersburg 1C
Tunisair Tunis 1B
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk, Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen 1C
Twin Jet Marseille, Toulouse 1A
United Airlines Newark 1B
Ukraine International Airlines Kiev-Boryspil 1B
Uzbekistan Airways Tashkent
Seasonal: Urgenech
Vueling Barcelona
Seasonal: Bilbao, Ibiza
Wizz Air Bucharest, Budapest 1A
WOW air Seasonal: Reykjavík-Keflavík 1B


Airlines Destinations Terminal
Air Cairo Seasonal: Hurgada 1B
Air Memphis Seasonal: Hurgada 1B
AlbaStar Seasonal: Fuerteventura, Heraklion, Ibiza, Karpathos, Malaga, Minorca, Mykonos, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes, Samos, Santorini, Tenerife-South 1A
AMC Airlines El Alamein, Marsa Alam, Sharm el-Sheikh, Zanzibar 1B
Avion Express Seasonal: Brindisi (begins 8 June 2014) 1A
Blue Panorama Airlines Seasonal: Heraklion, Medellin, Lourdes, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes, Santorini 1A
Cairo Aviation Seasonal: Hurgada 1B
Corendon Airlines Seasonal: Bodrum 1B
Europe Airpost Lourdes 1A
Europe Airpost Tangier 1B
Freebird Airlines Seasonal: Antalya, Bursa 1B
Livingston Seasonal: Athens, Cagliari, Fuerteventura, Heraklion, Ibiza, Kos, Lampedusa, Las Palmas, Lourdes, Malaga, Minorca, Mykonos, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes, Tenerife-South 1A
Livingston Seasonal: Antalya, Boa Vista, Djerba, Marsa Alam, Monastir, Mostar, Ilha do Sal, Sharm el Sheikh, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion 1B
Mistral Air Seasonal: Lampedusa, Pantelleria 1A
Neos Seasonal: Amsterdam, Arrecife, Brindisi, Chania, Copenhagen, Fuerteventura, Funchal, Gran Canaria, Heraklion, Ibiza, Karpathos, Kos, Lamezia Terme, Lisbon, Lourdes, Madrid, Minorca, Mykonos, Palma de Mallorca, Porto Santo, Rhodes, Santorini, Seville, Skiathos, Tenerife-South 1A
Neos Seasonal: Agadir, Amman, Antalya, Antigua, Aqaba, Banjul, Boa Vista, Cairo, Cancún, Cayo Largo, Dakar, Djerba, Dubai, Havana, Holguín, Hurghada, La Romana, Larnaca, Luxor, Mahé, Malé, Marsa Alam, Mérida, Mersa Matruh, Mombasa, Mostar, Montego Bay, Nosy Be, Pointe-à-Pitre, Punta Cana, Ras al-Khaimah, Recife, Sal, Salvador da Bahia, Samaná, Sharm el-Sheikh, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion, Zanzibar 1B
Nesma Airlines Seasonal: Sharm el-Sheikh 1B
Nouvelair Seasonal: Djerba, Monastir, Tabarka 1B
Olympic Air Seasonal: Heraklion 1B
SmartLynx Airlines Seasonal: Lourdes, Málaga, Tenerife-South 1A
SunExpress Seasonal: Izmir 1B
Tunisair Seasonal: Djerba, Monastir, Tabarka


Airlines Destinations
AirBridgeCargo Airlines Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Maastricht, Moscow-Domodedovo, Moscow-Sheremetyevo
Asiana Cargo London-Stansted, Seoul-Incheon, Vienna
Cargolux Campinas-Viracopos, Chicago, London-Stansted, Los Angeles, Luxembourg, Maastricht, New York-JFK, Taipei-Taoyuan
Cargolux Italia Almaty, Baku, Curitiba-Afonso Pena, Dallas/Fort Worth,Dubai, Hong Kong, Luxembourg, Mexico City, Osaka-Kansai,
Cathay Pacific Delhi, Hong Kong, London-Heathrow, Manchester, Mumbai
China Cargo Airlines Shanghai-Pudong
DHL Aviation London-Heathrow, London-Luton, London-Stansted, Madrid
DHL Aviation
operated by EAT Leipzig
EgyptAir Cargo Cairo
Etihad Crystal Cargo Abu Dhabi, Benghazi, Tripoli[15]
FedEx Express Ancona, Guangzhou, Memphis, Munich, Newark, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Pisa, Shanghai-Pudong, Venice-Marco Polo
Korean Air Cargo Navoiy, Seoul-Incheon, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion, Shanghai-Pudong, Vienna
Nippon Cargo Airlines Amsterdam, Tokyo-Narita
Qatar Airways Cargo Chicago-O'Hare,[16] Doha-Hamad, Tripoli
Saudia Cargo Brussels, Jeddah, Riyadh
Silk Way Airlines Baku[17]
Turkish Airlines Cargo Istanbul-Atatürk, Lagos, Tirana[18]

Traffic and statistics[edit]

Busiest Domestic Routes from Malpensa (2008-2009-2010-2011-2012-2013)[19]
Rank City Passengers 2013 Passengers 2012 Passengers 2011 Passenger 2010 Passenger 2009 Passenger 2008
1 Sicily Catania, Italy 597.449 668.530 725.773 544.328 438.513 328.122
2 Campania Naples, Italy 505.955 640.752 702.984 703.031 572.753 495.607
3 Lazio Rome, Italy 454.659 600.620 674.836 683.031 671.396 533.845
4 Sicily Palermo, Italy 295.502 369.836 455.657 468.362 396.283 438.164
5 Calabria Lamezia Terme, Italy 289.508 284.536 285.515 256.948 130.760 152.422
6 Sardinia Olbia, Italy 274.233 282.248 233.096 192.862 170.712 141.253
7 Apulia Bari, Italy 196.730 292.978 342.553 372.863 368.909 276.168
8 Sardinia Cagliari, Italy 125.562 127.540 124.362 112.416 - 157.119
9 Apulia Brindisi, Italy 108.082 167.389 184.847 156.335 100.003 114.706
Busiest International Routes from Malpensa within European Union (2008-2009-2010-2011-2012-2013)[20]
Rank City Passengers 2013 Passengers 2012 Passengers 2011 Passengers 2010 Passenger 2009 Passenger 2008
1 Spain Madrid, Spain 622.338 643.280 560.443 624.290 581.580 713.8551
2 France Paris-CDG, France 599.286 550.409 856.817 922.702 998.271 876.087
3 Spain Barcelona, Spain 587.036 609.832 564.628 543.512 485.016
4 United Kingdom London-Gatwick, United Kingdom 486.015 542.790 359.574 335.273 314.771 316.521
5 Denmark Copenhagen, Denmark 427.455 379.582 289.633 272.285 274.516 261.130
6 Austria Vienna, Austria 371.261 344.127 365.522 295.861 246.336 240.256
7 Netherlands Amsterdam, Netherlands 369.375 403.142 549.023 558.481 562.836 656.953
8 Germany Munich, Germany 335.365 382.381 363.932 316.544 290.326 309.868
9 Germany Frankfurt am Main, Germany 323.793 317.019 335.758 305.890 311.742 345.206
10 Czech Republic Prague, Czech Republic 309.169 306.902 283.056 218.680 197.182 238.231
11 Portugal Lisbon, Portugal 306.707 289.805 320.512 321.320 296.108 274.541
12 Belgium Brussels, Belgium 288.295 305.883 308.765 258.152 289.887 288.300
13 Germany Dusseldorf, Germany 285.007 279.429 296.640 263.328 265.093 227.954
14 Greece Athens, Greece 250.917 273.776 245.269 275.273 377.211 370.607
15 United Kingdom London-Heathrow, United Kingdom 184.685 183.789 437.897 491.844 466.405 357.701
Busiest International Routes from Malpensa outside the European Union (2008-2009-2010-2011-2012-2013)
Rank City Passengers 2013 Passengers 2012 Passengers 2011 Passengers 2010 Passenger 2009 Passenger 2008
1 United Arab Emirates Dubai, United Arab Emirates 536.974 463.335 390.996 405.502 289.659 170.657
2 United States New York-Kennedy, United States 421.850 379.167 345.534 321.837 332.555 294.132
3 Russia Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Russia 367.025 297.409 265.968 240.948 213.528 262.850
4 Turkey Istanbul-Atatürk, Turkey 354.036 329.679 290.455 315.435 289.569 286.727
5 Albania Tirana, Albania 245.627 213.981 198.181 152.109 121.792 130.863
6 Switzerland Zürich, Switzerland 242.394 259.414 264.068 243.426 251.560 282.684
7 Qatar Doha, Qatar 209.748 194.575 139.804 155.848 131.370 119.560
8 Morocco Casablanca, Morocco 207.721 228.662 234.537 255.732 207.249 256.749
9 Egypt Cairo, Egypt 196.939 176.972 204.216 243.660 220.259 248.375
10 Israel Tel Aviv, Israel 182.719 188.625 186.569 205.771 199.666 170.947
11 Hong Kong Hong Kong, SAR 172.392 178.695 138.778 76.658 - -
12 United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 156.673 146.909 116.195 86.059 - -
13 Tunisia Tunis, Tunisia 152.908 170.941 134.090 145.407 104.433 126.521
14 Brazil São Paulo-Guarulhos, Brazil 135.271 143.506 163.516 190.132 214.449 240.232
15 United States New York-Newark, United States 133.534 106.894 96.489 96.409 93.732 129.635
16 Morocco Marrakech, Morocco 129.785 102.905 103.933 117.303 131.107 118.485
17 Egypt Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt 125.171 151.005 117.753 225.767 251.997 266.823
18 China Shanghai, China 122.023 122.214 108.869 101.899 101.427 -
19 Egypt Marsa Alam, Egypt 101.770 144.706 100.011 170.113 160.166 155.421
20 Singapore Singapore, Singapore 101.046 128.571 116.901 89.771 - -

Transport links[edit]


Malpensa Express at Milano-Cadorna Railway Station
Connection between the rail station and the airport
Malpensa Airport Diagram
  • A second Express service to Milan Central Station began with the winter rail schedule change (13 December 2010). There is a train every 30 minutes, also stopping at Milan Porta Garibaldi station; journey time is 41 minutes. During rush hours, services also call at Milano Bovisa station and Saronno Centrale; for these services journey time is 47 minutes.[22]
  • Two daily High Speed (Alta Velocità) services link Milan Malpensa's railway station, to Florence (calling at Milano Centrale, Bologna Centrale and Firenze Santa Maria Novella) and Naples (calling at Milano Centrale, Bologna Centrale, Firenze Santa Maria Novella, Roma Termini, Napoli Centrale).[23] As of October 2012, the service was terminated.
  • Suburban Line S10 (Milano Rogoredo-Milano Bovisa) has been running to Malpensa since June 2010.[24] Trains call at: Ferno, Busto Arsizio, Castellanza, Rescaldina, Saronno Centrale, Milano Bovisa, Milano Lancetti, Milano Porta Garibaldi M2 (Green), Milano Repubblica M3 (Yellow), Milano Porta Venezia M1 (Red), Milano Dateo and Milano Porta Vittoria. As of October 2012, the service was terminated.
  • There is also a shuttle connection between Malpensa Airport railway station and Busto Arsizio FS.[25] From here there are connections with Milan's railway stations of Milano Centrale and Milano Porta Garibaldi.
  • The Malpensa – Varese – Mendrisio (CH) – Lugano (CH) line is being built and will be finished by 2015. There are future plans also to connect Gallarate Station (FS) and Milan's Centrale Station (FS) allowing for easy connections onto high-speed international lines.


Malpensa Shuttle and Malpensa Bus Express connect the airport to Milan Central Station (Trenitalia's National Railway hub) and the metro. Stops at the Milan Fair are provided on request. Travel time is about an hour (longer during heavy traffic).

A free shuttle bus links Terminal 1 & 2 every 7 minutes 24 hours a day, within the airport. Travel time to go from one terminal to the other is about 15 minutes.

Malpensa is also connected by bus to Linate Airport and to various cities in northern Italy with Lufthansa Airport Bus(like Turin, Novara, Como, Varese, Bergamo and Brescia) and Switzerland.

Since February 2010, 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 the nearby Lombard provinces of Varese, Como, Bergamo and Brescia, those of Alessandria, Novara and Turin in Piedmont, Genoa in Liguria and also Bellinzona, Chiasso and Lugano in Switzerland. For these destinations passengers can also enjoy an additional limousine transfer service with high-end car or minibus (max. 8 people) bookable until 24 hours.[26]


Taxis are available at the Arrivals of Terminal 1 & 2.

Road connections[edit]

Malpensa Airport is connected by a four-lane highway to the A8 motorway (connecting Switzerland to Milan) and by a five-lane highway to the A4 motorway linking Milan to Turin and to the Strada Statale 11.


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