Linate Airport

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Milan Linate Airport

Aeroporto di Milano-Linate
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Terminal Linate.jpg
Airport typePublic
OwnerSEA SpA
OperatorSEA – Aeroporti di Milano
ServesMilan metropolitan area
LocationSegrate and Peschiera Borromeo
Opened21 October 1937; 85 years ago (1937-10-21)
Focus city forITA Airways
Elevation AMSL353 ft / 108 m
Coordinates45°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
LIN is located in Lombardy
LIN (Lombardy)
LIN is located in Italy
LIN (Italy)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
18/36 2,442 8,012 Asphalt
17/35 601 1,972 Asphalt
Number Length Surface
m ft
H1 28 92 Asphalt
Statistics (2020)
Passenger change 19-20Decrease -65.4%
Movements change 19-20Decrease -52.2%
Cargo (tons)1,239.33
Cargo change 19-20Decrease -83.7%
Statistics from Assaeroporti[2]

Milan Linate Airport (IATA: LIN, ICAO: LIML) is the third international airport of Milan, the second-largest city and largest urban area of Italy, behind Malpensa Airport and Orio al Serio Airport. It served 9,233,475 passengers in 2018, being the fifth busiest airport in Italy.


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.[citation needed]

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, because of Linate's close proximity to the centre of Milan – only 7 km (4 mi) east of the city centre,[1] compared with Malpensa, which is 41 km (25 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 or to the United Kingdom have been allowed.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

From 27 July to 27 October 2019, Linate was closed for runway resurfacing and terminal upgrades. The latter project is expected to continue after the airport's reopening, concluding some time in 2021. During this closure, most flights were rerouted to Malpensa, displacing approximately 2.5 million passengers.[3][4]


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.[5] 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:[6]

Aer Lingus Dublin
AeroItalia Olbia
Air Dolomiti Frankfurt, Munich
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Air Malta Malta
AlbaStar Seasonal: Palma de Mallorca
British AirwaysLondon–Heathrow
Brussels AirlinesBrussels
Dan Air Brașov, Bucharest (both begin 19 June 2023)[7]
easyJetAmsterdam, Berlin, London–Gatwick, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Paris–Orly
Finnair Helsinki
ITA AirwaysAlghero, Amsterdam, Bari, Brindisi, Brussels, Cagliari, Catania, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Lamezia Terme, London–City, London–Heathrow, Naples, Olbia, Palermo, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Paris–Orly, Pescara, Reggio Calabria, Rome–Fiumicino, Stuttgart
Seasonal: Corfu, Hamburg, Heraklion, Lampedusa, Menorca, Pantelleria, Rhodes
Seasonal charter: Rostock[8]
Scandinavian AirlinesStockholm–Arlanda
Silver AirSeasonal: Elba
VoloteaCagliari, Olbia
Seasonal: Lampedusa, Pantelleria
Wizz AirCatania, Naples


Aerial view
Terminal interior
Control tower
Linate airport in the 1930s
Annual passenger traffic at LIN airport. See Wikidata query.
Busiest domestic routes from Linate (2017)[9]
Rank City Passengers Airline
1 Rome–Fiumicino, Lazio 1,183,753 Alitalia
2 Cagliari, Sardinia 627,299 Alitalia
3 Catania, Sicily 585,809 Alitalia
4 Naples, Campania 509,251 Alitalia
5 Bari, Apulia 403,247 Alitalia
6 Palermo, Sicily 389,306 Alitalia
7 Olbia, Sardinia 330,921 Alitalia
8 Brindisi, Apulia 218,672 Alitalia
9 Alghero, Sardinia 202,884 Alitalia
10 Lamezia Terme, Calabria 175,801 Alitalia
11 Reggio Calabria, Calabria 163,168 Alitalia, Blu-express
Busiest European routes from Linate (2016)[10]
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, British Airways
12 Steady Austria Vienna, Austria Increase 119.960 Austrian Airlines
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 in 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.[11]

Bus and coach[edit]

The airport can be reached by the ATM bus 73 from Piazza Duomo in the 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 available.[11]


The Milan metro line 4 connects the airport (station Linate Aeroporto) to the city centre starting from November 2022,[12] with a travel time of about 15 minutes.

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.[13] 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 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.[14] It suggested the use of different numbers to help differentiate between runways.[15] This change was enacted at the beginning of July 2007, when 18R/36L became 17/35 and 18L/36R became 18/36.
  • On 3 October 2021, a privately owned Pilatus PC-12 that had just taken off from Linate Airport crashed into an empty building, killing all eight passengers and crew on board. The plane was heading for Olbia on the island of Sardinia, but it came down soon after takeoff on the outskirts of the city near the metro station at San Donato Milanese, near Milan.[16] The victims included businessman Dan Petrescu, one of the wealthiest people in Romania at the time; his wife, his son, and five others, including a one-year-old baby.[17][18] Several empty parked cars caught fire after the crash near the metro station, emergency workers said. Firefighters worked to extinguish the flames rising from the building, which was reportedly under reforms.[19]


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  2. ^ "Statistiche Dati di Traffico Aeroportuale Italiano".
  3. ^ Calder, S. (9 October 2018). "Milan Linate: One of Italy's top airports to close for three months". Independent. Archived from the original on 14 June 2022. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  4. ^ Gibertini, V. (26 July 2019). "Milan's Linate Airport Temporarily Shuts Down, Flights Relocated to Malpensa". AirlineGeeks. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  5. ^ – Maps retrieved 23 June 2015
  6. ^ "Flight destinations from Linate | Milan Linate Airport".
  7. ^
  8. ^ "Urlaub: Nonstop ans Meer! So lockt der Flughafen Rostock Hamburger an". 17 June 2022.
  9. ^ "Dati di traffico 2017" [Traffic data 2017] (PDF). 10 March 2017. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
  10. ^ "ENAC: Dati di traffico 2016" [ENAC: 2016 traffic data] (PDF). 10 March 2017. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 August 2017. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
  11. ^ a b – Directions and parking retrieved 26 June 2016
  12. ^ "How to get to Linate by Underground". Milano Linate Airport. Retrieved 26 November 2022.
  13. ^ "Eleven on trial over Milan collision". 4 June 2003 – via
  14. ^ "ANSV".
  15. ^ "ANSV pdf document" (PDF).
  16. ^ "Plane crashes into building near Milan; all 8 aboard die". ABC News. Retrieved 4 October 2021.
  17. ^ "Plane crashed in Milan: on board a Romanian billionaire headed to Olbia with his wife, son and friends". Italy24 News English. 3 October 2021. Retrieved 3 October 2021.
  18. ^ "San Donato, Dan Petrescu and the 8 victims of the crashed plane in Milan-". Mirpurnews. 3 October 2021. Retrieved 3 October 2021.
  19. ^ "Milan plane crash: Eight dead as private plane hits building". BBC News. 3 October 2021.

External links[edit]

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