Linate Airport

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Milan Linate Airport
Aeroporto di Milano-Linate
Milan - Linate (LIN - LIML) AN0683546.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-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, Brindisi, Brussels, Cagliari, Catania, 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, Brindisi, Brussels, Cagliari, Catania, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Lamezia Terme, London–City, Naples, Paris–Orly, Pescara, Rome–Fiumicino
Seasonal: Comiso (resumes 3 June 2017),[5] Thessaloniki
operated by Darwin Airline
Blue Air Bucharest
operated by Blue Panorama Airlines
Reggio Calabria
British Airways London–Heathrow
British Airways
operated by BA CityFlyer
London-City (begins 24 April 2017), London-Stansted (begins 29 April 2017)
Brussels Airlines Brussels
easyJet Amsterdam, London–Gatwick, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Paris–Orly
Iberia Madrid
KLM Amsterdam
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Meridiana Marseille, Munich, Naples, Olbia
Seasonal: Ibiza, Lampedusa, Mykonos, Rhodes, Santorini
Scandinavian Airlines Stockholm–Arlanda
Silver Air Seasonal: Elba


Check-in area
Apron view
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 (2015)[6]
Rank City Passengers Airline
1 Paris–Charles de Gaulle, France 700,728 Air France, Alitalia
2 London–Heathrow, United Kingdom 672,532 Alitalia, British Airways
3 Amsterdam, Netherlands 626,499 Alitalia, KLM
4 Frankfurt am Main, Germany 436,561 Alitalia, Lufthansa
5 Paris–Orly, France 266,043 Alitalia, easyJet
6 Brussels, Belgium 242,874 Alitalia, Brussels Airlines
7 Berlin–Tegel, Germany 222,792 Alitalia, Air Berlin
8 Madrid, Spain 208,865 Iberia
9 Düsseldorf, Germany 180,015 Alitalia, Air Berlin
10 London–City, United Kingdom 164,832 Alitalia
11 London–Gatwick, United Kingdom 147,703 easyJet
12 Vienna, Austria 130,734 Niki
13 Bucharest, Romania 130,233 Alitalia, Blue Air
14 Dublin, Ireland 93,719 Aer Lingus
15 Stockholm–Arlanda, Sweden 81,402 Scandinavian Airlines
16 Malta, Malta 74,874 Air Malta
17 Barcelona, Spain 64,503 Alitalia
18 Copenhagen, Denmark 52,108 Scandinavian Airlines

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. 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