Linate Airport

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Milan Linate Airport
Aeroporto di Milano-Linate
2017 at Milan Linate Airport 02.jpg
Airport type Public
Operator SEA – Aeroporti di Milano
Serves Milan, Italy
Location Segrate and Peschiera Borromeo
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL 1,000 ft / 304.8 m
Coordinates 45°26′58″N 009°16′42″E / 45.44944°N 9.27833°E / 45.44944; 9.27833Coordinates: 45°26′58″N 009°16′42″E / 45.44944°N 9.27833°E / 45.44944; 9.27833
LIN is located in Milan
Location of airport on map of Milan
Direction Length Surface
m ft
18/36 2,442 8,012 Asphalt
17/35 601 1,972 Bitumen
Number Length Surface
m ft
H1 28 92 Asphalt
Statistics (2015)
Passengers 9,689,635
Passenger change 14–15 Increase 7.4%
Aircraft movements 118,650
Movements change 14–15 Increase 4.8%
Statistics from Assaeroporti[2]

Milan Linate Airport (IATA: LINICAO: LIML) is the secondary international airport of Milan, the second-largest city of Italy, behind Malpensa Airport. It served 9,689,635 passengers in 2015[2] and is used as a base by Alitalia and Alitalia CityLiner.


The airport was built next to Idroscalo of Milan in the 1930s when Taliedo Airport (located 1 km (0.62 mi) from the southern border of Milan), and one of the world's first aerodromes and airports, became too small for commercial traffic. Linate was completely rebuilt in the 1950s and again in the 1980s.

Its name comes from the small village where it is located in the town of Peschiera Borromeo. Its official name is Airport Enrico Forlanini, after the Italian inventor and aeronautical pioneer born in Milan. Linate airport buildings are located in the Segrate Municipality, and the field is located for a large part in the Peschiera Borromeo Municipality.

Since 2001, despite Linate's closer proximity to the centre of Milan – only 7 km (4 mi) east of the city centre,[1] compared with Malpensa, which is 49 km (30 mi) northwest of the city centre – its capacity has been reduced by law from 32 slots per hour (technical capacity) down to 22 slots per hour (politically decided capacity) and only domestic or international flights within the EU have been allowed. That year, 2001, also saw a major accident at Linate with many illegal and non-ICAO-regulation practices and layouts part of its then operation.


Linate Airport features one three-story passenger terminal building. The ground level contains the check-in and separate baggage reclaim facilities as well as service counters and a secondary departure gate area for bus-boarding. The first floor features the main departure area with several shops, restaurants and service facilities. The second floor is used for office space.[3] The terminal building features five aircraft stands, all of which are equipped with jet-bridges. Several more parking positions are available on the apron which are reached from several bus-boarding gates.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The following airlines operate scheduled services to and from Linate Airport:[4]

Airlines Destinations
Aer Lingus Dublin
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Air Malta Malta
Alitalia Alghero, Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Bari, Brindisi, Brussels, Cagliari, Catania, Copenhagen, Düsseldorf, Lamezia Terme, London–Heathrow, Naples, Palermo, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Paris–Orly, Reggio Calabria, Rome–Fiumicino, Trieste
Seasonal: Corfu, Heraklion, Ibiza, Lampedusa, Menorca, Mykonos, Palma de Mallorca, Pantelleria, Rhodes, Santorini, Stockholm–Arlanda (begins 12 May 2018),[5] Trapani
Alitalia Cityliner Bari, Brindisi, Brussels, Cagliari, Catania, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Lamezia Terme, London–City, Luxembourg, Naples, Paris–Orly, Pescara, Rome–Fiumicino, Trieste
Seasonal: Comiso, Thessaloniki
Blue Air Bucharest
operated by Blue Panorama Airlines
Reggio Calabria
British Airways London–Heathrow
British Airways
operated by BA CityFlyer
London-City, London-Stansted
Brussels Airlines Brussels
Bulgaria Air Sofia
easyJet Amsterdam, London–Gatwick, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Paris–Orly
Iberia Madrid
KLM Amsterdam
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Meridiana Olbia
Scandinavian Airlines Stockholm–Arlanda


Aerial view
Check-in area
Linate airport in the 1930s
Busiest domestic routes from Linate (2015)[6]
Rank City Passengers Airline
1 Rome–Fiumicino, Lazio 1,366,450 Alitalia
2 Catania, Sicily 709,094 Alitalia, Meridiana
3 Naples, Campania 597,186 Alitalia, Meridiana
4 Cagliari, Sardinia 511,146 Alitalia
5 Bari, Apulia 355,153 Alitalia
6 Palermo, Sicily 349,465 Alitalia
7 Olbia, Sardinia 308,378 Meridiana
8 Brindisi, Apulia 214,415 Alitalia
9 Reggio Calabria, Calabria 152,413 Alitalia, Blu-express
10 Alghero, Sardinia 150,505 Alitalia
11 Lamezia Terme, Calabria 141,517 Alitalia
Busiest European routes from Linate (2016)[6]
Rank Rank
City Passengers Airline
1 Steady France Paris–Charles de Gaulle, France Increase 785.308 Air France, Alitalia
2 Increase 1 Netherlands Amsterdam, Netherlands Increase 651.774 Alitalia, KLM
3 Decrease 1 United Kingdom London–Heathrow, United Kingdom Decrease 616.402 Alitalia, British Airways
4 Steady Germany Frankfurt am Main, Germany Increase 450.873 Alitalia, Lufthansa
5 Increase 6 United Kingdom London–Gatwick, United Kingdom Increase 293.540 easyJet
6 Decrease 1 France Paris–Orly, France Decrease 237.696 Alitalia, easyJet
7 Decrease 1 Belgium Brussels, Belgium Decrease 223.904 Alitalia, Brussels Airlines
8 Steady Spain Madrid, Spain Increase 220.495 Iberia
9 Decrease 2 Germany Berlin–Tegel, Germany Decrease 204.124 Alitalia, Air Berlin
10 Decrease 1 Germany Düsseldorf, Germany Increase 182.231 Alitalia, Air Berlin
11 Decrease 1 United Kingdom London–City, United Kingdom Increase 180.872 Alitalia
12 Steady Austria Vienna, Austria Increase 119.960 Niki
13 Steady Romania Bucharest, Romania Decrease 103.718 Alitalia, Blue Air
14 Steady Republic of Ireland Dublin, Ireland Increase 99.335 Aer Lingus
15 Steady Sweden Stockholm–Arlanda, Sweden Increase 87.981 Scandinavian Airlines
16 Steady Malta Malta, Malta Increase 78.030 Air Malta
17 Steady Spain Barcelona, Spain Increase 66.538 Alitalia
18 Steady Germany Munich, Germany Steady 62.969 Meridiana

Ground transport[edit]


The airport is located at Viale Enrico Forlanini next to its intersection with autostrada A51 (exit 6 Aeroporto Linate). A51 is part of the city's highway ring, so the airport can be reached from any direction.[7]

Bus and coach[edit]

Linate Airport can be reached by local bus service 73 from Piazza Duomo in Milan city centre as well as by coach services from other places within the city. Coaches from and to Monza, Brescia and Milan Malpensa Airport are also run.[7]

Incidents and accidents[edit]

  • Linate Airport was the site of the Linate Airport disaster on 8 October 2001, when Scandinavian Airlines Flight 686, which was bound for Copenhagen Airport, collided with a business jet that, in fog, had inadvertently taxied onto the runway already in use. This collision later resulted in criminal legal proceedings against 11 staff including an air traffic controller, flight safety officials and management officials from the airport.[8] All 114 people on both aircraft were killed, as well as four people on the ground. The Linate Airport disaster remains the deadliest air disaster ever in Italian history.
  • On 15 June 2005, a light aircraft safely landed on taxiway 'T' after its pilot had mistaken it for runway 36R. Following that incident, a safety recommendation was issued.[9] It suggested the use of different numbers to help differentiate between runways.[10] This change was enacted at the beginning of July 2007, when 18R/36L became 17/35 and 18L/36R became 18/36.


External links[edit]

Media related to Milan Linate Airport at Wikimedia Commons