Linate Airport

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Milan Linate Airport
Aeroporto di Milano-Linate
Milan Linate SEA logo.gif
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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-storey 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 Berlin Berlin–Tegel, Düsseldorf
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Air Malta Malta
Alitalia Alghero, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Bari, Berlin–Tegel, Brindisi, Brussels, Cagliari, Catania, Comiso (ends 8 January 2017),[5] Düsseldorf, Lamezia Terme, London–Heathrow, Naples, Palermo, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Paris–Orly, Reggio Calabria, Rome–Fiumicino
Seasonal: Athens, Corfu, Heraklion, Ibiza, Lampedusa, Menorca, Mykonos, Palma de Mallorca, Pantelleria, Rhodes, Santorini
operated by Alitalia CityLiner
Bari, Berlin–Tegel, Brindisi, Brussels, Cagliari, Catania, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Lamezia Terme, London–City, Naples, Paris–Orly, Pescara, Rome–Fiumicino
Seasonal: Thessaloniki
operated by Darwin Airline
Blue Air Bucharest
operated by Blue Panorama Airlines
Reggio Calabria
British Airways London–Heathrow
Brussels Airlines Brussels
easyJet Amsterdam, London–Gatwick, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Paris–Orly
Iberia Madrid
KLM Amsterdam
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Meridiana Catania, Marseille, Munich, Naples, Olbia
Seasonal: Ibiza, Lampedusa, Mykonos, Rhodes, Santorini
Niki Vienna
Scandinavian Airlines Stockholm–Arlanda
Silver Air Seasonal: Elba


Check-in area
Apron view
Linate airport in the 1930s
Busiest domestic routes from Linate (2014)[6]
Rank City Passengers Airline
1 Rome–Fiumicino, Lazio 1,455,244 Alitalia
2 Catania, Sicily 713,296 Alitalia, Meridiana
3 Naples, Campania 635,221 Alitalia, Meridiana
4 Cagliari, Sardinia 445,353 Alitalia
5 Bari, Apulia 362,157 Alitalia
6 Palermo, Sicily 314,202 Alitalia
7 Olbia, Sardinia 271,216 Meridiana
8 Brindisi, Apulia 234,397 Alitalia
9 Lamezia Terme, Calabria 230,724 Alitalia
10 Reggio Calabria, Calabria 183,256 Alitalia, Blu-express
11 Alghero, Sardinia 135,818 Alitalia
Busiest European routes from Linate (2014)[6]
Rank City Passengers Airline
1 London–Heathrow, United Kingdom 692,175 Alitalia, British Airways
2 Paris–Charles de Gaulle, France 637,558 Air France, Alitalia
3 Amsterdam, Netherlands 548,161 Alitalia, KLM
4 Frankfurt am Main, Germany 410,223 Alitalia, Lufthansa
5 Paris–Orly, France 263,979 Alitalia, easyJet
6 Brussels, Belgium 228,193 Alitalia, Brussels Airlines
7 Madrid, Spain 200,810 Iberia
8 London–City, United Kingdom 144,970 Alitalia
9 London–Gatwick, United Kingdom 108,848 easyJet
10 Dublin, Ireland 92,997 Aer Lingus
11 Vienna, Austria 84,613 Niki
12 Stockholm–Arlanda, Sweden 82,032 Scandinavian Airlines
13 Barcelona, Spain 78,967 Alitalia
14 Bucharest, Romania 67,911 Alitalia
15 Berlin–Tegel, Germany 63,865 Alitalia, Air Berlin

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. Taxis and car hire are available.[7]

Bus and coach[edit]

Linate Airport can be reached by local bus service 73 from Piazza San Babila 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.
  • 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