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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 Ferno, Italy
Hub for Cargolux Italia
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL 1,000 ft / 304.8 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 Northern Italy
Location within Northern Italy
Direction Length Surface
m ft
17L/35R 3,920 12,861 Asphalt
17R/35L 3,920 12,861 Asphalt
Statistics (2016)
Passengers 19,420,690
Passenger change 15-16 Increase 4.5%
Aircraft movements 166,842
Movements change 15-16 Increase 4%
Statistics from Assaeroporti[2]

Milan–Malpensa Airport (IATA: MXPICAO: LIMC), formerly City of Busto Arsizio Airport,[3][4] is the largest international airport for the Milan metropolitan area in northern Italy. It serves 15 million inhabitants in Lombardy, Piedmont and Liguria. The airport is located 49 kilometres (30 mi) northwest[5] of central Milan, next to the Ticino river (dividing Lombardy and Piedmont). The airport has two terminals and two runways as well as a dedicated cargo terminal.

In 2015, Malpensa Airport handled 18,582,043 passengers;[2] it is currently the 29th busiest airport in Europe in terms of passengers. Until 2008, Malpensa Airport was a major hub for flag carrier Alitalia. Malpensa Airport, together with Rome Fiumicino Airport, remains as the busiest Italian airport for international passenger traffic, freight and cargo. It handles over 435,000 tons of international freight annually.

The first industrial airport was opened in 1909 near the Cascina Malpensa, an old farm, by Giovanni Agusta and Gianni Caproni to test their aircraft prototypes. This airport was then opened for civil operation in 1948 during the war reconstruction period, in order to serve the northern area of Milan.


Early years[edit]

The site of today's Malpensa Airport has seen aviation activities for more than 100 years. The first began on 27 May 1910, when the Caproni brothers flew their "flying machine", the Cal biplane. In the years that followed, many aircraft prototypes took off from the same site; eventually, it was decided to upgrade the farming patch to a more formal airfield. Both Gianni Caproni and Giovanni Agusta established factories on the new site; the airfield soon 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 Nazi Germany's Luftwaffe when northern Italy was invaded by Adolf Hitler. Soon after their arrival, the Germans laid the airfield's first concrete runway.

After the cessation of hostilities during the Second World War, manufacturers and politicians of the Milan and Varese regions, led by banker Benigno Ajroldi of Banca Alto Milanese, restored the airfield. They aimed to making it an industrial fulcrum for post-war recovery of Italy. The main runway, heavily damaged by German troops as they retreated from northern Italy, was rebuilt and extended to 1,800 metres. A small wooden terminal was constructed to protect goods and passengers from all weather conditions.

After World War II[edit]

Malpensa Airport officially commenced commercial operations on 21 November 1948 as Aeroporto Città di Busto Arsizio, although the 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 Constellations on their 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. The operator's name was subsequently changed to Società Esercizi Aeroportuali SpA (SEA). After assuming full control, SEA decided to develop Malpensa as an international and intercontinental gateway, whereas Milan's other airport, Linate Airport, would be tasked with handling domestic services only.

Between 1958 and 1962 a new terminal arrived at Malpensa and the airport's two parallel runways were extended to 3,915 m (12,844 ft), becoming the longest in Europe at that time. By the early 1960s, however, 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 east of Milan's city centre, making it much easier for passengers to reach central Milan. This left Malpensa with just a handful of intercontinental links, charter flights and cargo operations. 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.

Expansion and development (1995-1998)[edit]

By the mid-1980s Linate Airport was handling seven million passengers per year and, with only a short single runway and limited parking slots, had reached its saturation point. With no available land nearby 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 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 the development of fast, efficient connections to Milan's city centre. The European Union recognised this 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; Malpensa airport was re-opened eight years later.

A brief life as Alitalia's main hub (1998-2008)[edit]

During the night of 24/25 October 1998 Alitalia moved the majority of its fleet from Rome Fiumicino Airport – where it had been flying from for over 50 years – to Malpensa Airport. The airport 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 1998, 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, passenger numbers had reached 23.9 million. Efficient rail links from two different stations in Milan (Centrale and Cadorna stations) ensured easy access by railway, whereas the nearby A8 motorway had an extra lane added in each direction to help speed up traffic into and out of the city centre.

Before 2001, ground handling services at Malpensa were shared by the SEA (airport's operator) and Trans-World Airlines. Since then, the contracting process has gradually been deregulated. In 2000, airport security services at Malpensa were transferred from the Polizia di Stato (State Police) to SEA's internal division, SEA Airport Security. Up to 2002, SEA was assisted by IVRI in providing security services, but the contract was not renewed after its expiry. Nevertheless, SEA Airport Security is supervised by the Polizia di Stato (Italian State Police), Guardia di Finanza (Italian Military Customs Police) and Ente Nazionale Aviazione Civile (Italy's Civil Aviation Authority), whereas the Carabinieri (Italian Military Police) supervises ramp entrance.[citation needed]

Ramp services are provided by SEA Handling, ATA and, more recently, Aviapartner. SEA Handling provided 80% of the ramp services at Malpensa Airport due to its major customer, Alitalia. In May 2006, however, Italy's Civil Aviation Authority took off the limitation of two ramp handlers.

In 2008, a new development plan was launched by Societa Esercizi Aeroportuali SpA (SEA), valued at €1.4 billion, to include a third pier for Terminal 1 and the construction of a third runway. In a surprise move, however, Alitalia announced its decision to revert its main hub back to Rome Fiumicino Airport due to 'high operating costs' at Malpensa Airport. Alitalia did not pull out of Malpensa altogether, and continues to fly several domestic and European services from Milan and two intercontinental flights (to New York City and Tokyo). However Malpensa lost around 20% of its daily movements, a decrease from 700 to 550, which resulted in only 19.2 million passengers passing through in 2008. The airport continued to suffer during 2009, when the international financial crisis and higher fuel prices caused a reduction to only 17.6 million passengers that year.

Recent expansion: 2010s[edit]

Responding to Alitalia's pullout, the operator SEA launched an all-out publicity programme and aggressively marketed Malpensa Airport around the world. This campaign was successful: from 2008 to 2011, a total of 34 new passenger and cargo routes were added to Malpensa's network.

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

The low-cost carrier EasyJet has made Malpensa its most important base after London Gatwick, with 21 of its Airbus A319s based here. The airline currently flies services from Malpensa to 67 destinations in Italy and across Europe.[7] Competitor Ryanair confirmed plans to open an operating base at Malpensa from December 2015, initially with one aircraft.[8]

In 2014 a contract was awarded for extension of the railway line from Terminal 1 to Terminal 2. The line was opened in December 2016.[9] The new Malpensa Terminal 2 railway station is within 200 m north of the T2 arrivals hall, that is accessed by an outdoor covered walkway.[10]


EasyJet Airbus A319 landing at Malpensa with the Alps visible in the background

Malpensa Airport has two passenger terminals and they are connected by airport shuttle buses.

Terminal 1[edit]

Terminal 1, which opened in 1998, is the newer,[11] larger and more prominent terminal. The terminal is divided into three sections and handles most passengers on 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, handles non-Schengen and some intercontinental flights.

Terminal 2[edit]

Terminal 2 is the older terminal.[11] It is currently used exclusively by easyJet. All charter services, which were previously based in this terminal, moved to Terminal 1 upon its opening.

The only public transport available are ATM (Transport for Milan) local buses or shuttle buses operated by Terravision, Autostradale and Malpensa Shuttle. Malpensa Airport additionally provides a free shuttle service to connect Terminal 2 to Terminal 1.[12] A new railway station at Terminal 2 was opened in December 2016.[13]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights to and from Malpensa:[14]

Airlines Destinations Terminal
Aegean Airlines Athens
Seasonal: Heraklion, Kalamata, Rhodes
Aer Lingus Dublin 1C
Aeroflot Moscow–Sheremetyevo 1B
operated by Rossiya
Saint Petersburg 1B
Air Algérie Algiers
Seasonal Annaba
Air Canada Seasonal: Toronto–Pearson 1C
Air China Beijing–Capital, Shanghai–Pudong 1B
Air Europa Madrid
Seasonal charter: Ibiza, Palma de Mallorca[15]
Air France Paris-Charles de Gaulle (resumes 26 March 2017)[16] 1A
Air India Delhi 1C
Air Moldova Chișinău 1B
Air Nostrum Seasonal charter: Karpathos, Palma de Mallorca (all begins 21 July 2017) [17] 1B
Air Serbia Belgrade 1B
airBaltic Riga
Seasonal charter: Brindisi (resumes 4 June 2017), Cagliari (begins 11 June 2017), Lamezia Terme, Olbia (begins 3 June 2017)[18]
AlbaStar Seasonal charter: Fuerteventura, Heraklion, Ibiza, Karpathos, Kos, Lanzarote, Lourdes, Minorca, Palma de Mallorca, Patras, Rhodes, Samos, Tenerife–South, Thessaloniki (resumes 11 June 2017[19]) [20] 1A
Albawings Tirana 1B
Alitalia Abu Dhabi, New York–JFK, Tokyo-Narita
Seasonal charter: Hamburg, Pointe-à-Pitre,[21] Rome–Fiumicino (resumes 13 May 2017),[22] Stockholm-Arlanda (begins 5 August 2017)[23]
American Airlines Miami, New York–JFK 1C
AtlasGlobal Istanbul-Atatürk 1B
Austrian Airlines Vienna 1A
Azerbaijan Airlines Baku 1B
Belavia Minsk 1B
operated by Blue Panorama Airlines
Tirana 1B
Blue Panorama Airlines Cancún, Cayo Largo, Havana, Holguín, Montego Bay
Seasonal: Cayo Coco, La Romana, Mérida, Santa Clara, Varadero
Seasonal charter: Salalah [24]
BMI Regional Bristol 1B
British Airways London–Heathrow 1C
Brussels Airlines Brussels 1A
Bulgaria Air Sofia 1B
Cathay Pacific Hong Kong 1C
Croatia Airlines Seasonal: Zagreb 1B
Czech Airlines Prague 1A
Darwin Airline Charter: Geneva [25] 1A
Delta Air Lines New York–JFK
Seasonal: Atlanta
Eastern Airways Seasonal charter: Rodez (begins 7 July 2017)[26] 1A
easyJet Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Bari, Berlin–Schönefeld, Bordeaux, Brindisi, Cagliari, Catania, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Glasgow-International, Granada (begins 26 March 2017),[27] Hamburg, Kraków, Lamezia Terme, Lanzarote, Larnaca, Lille, Lisbon, London–Gatwick, London–Luton, Luxembourg, Madrid, Málaga, Manchester, Marrakech, Munich, Nantes, Naples, Olbia, Palermo, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Prague, Rome–Fiumicino, Santiago de Compostela (begins 28 March 2017),[28] Stockholm-Arlanda (begins 27 March 2017),[29] Stuttgart, Tallinn, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion, Tenerife–South, Toulouse
Seasonal: Alghero, Alicante, Bilbao, Cephalonia, Corfu, Dubrovnik, Heraklion, Ibiza, Kos, Malta, Minorca, Mykonos, Palma de Mallorca, Pula (begins 19 June 2017),[30] Rhodes, Santorini, Split, Zadar (begins 27 June 2017),[31] Zakynthos
EgyptAir Cairo 1B
El Al Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion 1B
Ellinair Seasonal: Thessaloniki 1A
Emirates Dubai-International, New York–JFK 1C
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa 1B
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi 1C
Eurowings Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Hamburg 1A
operated by Germanwings
Stuttgart 1A
Finnair Helsinki 1A
Flybe Birmingham, Cardiff, Hannover, Manchester, Southampton 1B
operated by Stobart Air
London-Southend (begins 1 May 2017)[32] 1B
FlyOne Chișinău (begins 1 April 2017)[33] 1B
HOP! Lyon, Nantes 1A
Iberia Madrid 1A
Icelandair Seasonal: Reykjavík–Keflavík 1A
Iran Air Tehran–Imam Khomeini 1B
Israir Airlines Seasonal: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion 1B
KLM Amsterdam (resumes 26 March 2017)[16] 1A
Korean Air Seoul–Incheon 1B
LATAM Brasil São Paulo–Guarulhos 1C
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
Mahan Air Tehran-Imam Khomeini 1B
Meridiana Accra, Cairo, Dakar, Fortaleza, Fuerteventura, Havana, Lagos, La Romana, Malé, Mauritius, Mombasa, Moscow-Domodedovo (begins 27 March 2017),[34] Naples, Nosy Be, Sharm el-Sheikh, Tenerife–South, Zanzibar
Seasonal: Brindisi (resumes 18 June 2017),[35] Cagliari, Ibiza, Lamezia Terme, Lampedusa, Lanzarote, Marsa Alam, Menorca, Mykonos, Olbia, Palermo, Recife, Rhodes, Santorini, Skiathos
Seasonal charter: Antigua, Cayo Coco, Fort-de-France, Rostock–Laage[36]
1A, 1B
Middle East Airlines Beirut 1B
Mistral Air Tirana
Seasonal charter: Catania[37]
1A, 1B
Neos Seasonal charter: Antigua, Boa Vista, Brindisi, Cagliari, Camaguey, Cancún, Catania, Cayo Largo, Colombo , Dubai-Al Maktoum, Freeport, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Havana, Heraklion, Holguín, Ibiza, Jinan (begins 19 may 2017),[38] Karpathos, Kos, La Romana, Lamezia Terme, Lampedusa, Lanzarote, Luxor, Málaga, Malé, Marsa Alam, Mersa Matruh, Minorca, Mombasa, Monastir, Montego Bay, Mykonos, Nanjing (begins 4 May 2017),[39] Nosy Be, Palma de Mallorca, Pointe-à-Pitre, Porto Santo, Rhodes, Rostock, Sal, Salalah, Samaná, Santorini, Sharm el-Sheikh, Shenyang (begins 11 may 2017),[40] Skiathos, Stockholm Arlanda, Tenerife–South, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion, Thessaloniki (begins 5 June 2017),[41] Tianjin (begins 8 may 2017),[42] Varadero, Zanzibar 1A, 1B
Norwegian Air Shuttle Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda (begins 5 June 2017) 1A
Oman Air Muscat 1B
Pakistan International Airlines Islamabad, Lahore 1B
Pegasus Airlines Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen 1C
Qatar Airways Doha 1C
Royal Air Maroc Beni Mellal, Casablanca 1B
Ryanair Brussels, Bucharest, Catania, Comiso, Gran Canaria, London–Stansted, Porto, Seville, Sofia 1A, 1B
Saudia Jeddah, Riyadh
Seasonal: Medina
Scandinavian Airlines Copenhagen
Seasonal: Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda
Singapore Airlines Singapore 1C
Small Planet Airlines Seasonal charter: Rovaniemi[citation needed] 1A
Sun Express Seasonal: İzmir 1B
Swiss International Air Lines
operated by Swiss Global Air Lines
Zürich 1A
TAP Portugal Lisbon 1A
Thai Airways Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi 1B
TUIfly Belgium Seasonal: Casablanca (begins 28 March 2017)[43] 1B
Tunisair Tunis
Seasonal charter: Djerba, Monastir[44]
Turkish Airlines Istanbul–Atatürk, Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen 1C
Turkmenistan Airlines Ashgabat (begins 28 March 2017)[45] 1B
Twin Jet Marseille, Nice, Toulouse 1A
United Airlines Newark 1B
Ukraine International Airlines Kiev–Boryspil 1B
Uzbekistan Airways Tashkent
Seasonal: Urgench
Vueling Amsterdam, Barcelona, Gran Canaria, Paris–Orly
Seasonal: Alicante, Bilbao, Ibiza, Menorca (begins 27 May 2017),[46] Palma de Mallorca (begins 22 July 2017),[47] Valencia
Wizz Air Budapest, Kutaisi, Podgorica, Sibiu 1A, 1B
WOW air Seasonal: Reykjavík–Keflavík 1A


Airlines Destinations
AeroLogic Hong Kong, Leipzig/Halle
AirBridgeCargo Airlines Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Maastricht/Aachen, Moscow–Domodedovo, Moscow–Sheremetyevo
Asiana Cargo London–Stansted, Seoul–Incheon, Vienna
Atlas Air Amsterdam, San Juan
Cargolux Campinas, Chicago, London–Stansted, Los Angeles, Luxembourg, Maastricht/Aachen, New York–JFK, Taipei–Taoyuan
Cargolux Italia Almaty, Baku, Curitiba–Afonso Pena, Dallas/Fort Worth, Dubai–International, Hong Kong, Luxembourg, Mexico City, New York–JFK, Novosibirsk, Osaka–Kansai, Zhengzhou
Cathay Pacific Delhi, Hong Kong, London–Heathrow, Manchester, Mumbai
DHL Aviation London–Heathrow, London–Luton, London–Stansted, Madrid
DHL Aviation
operated by EAT Leipzig
Bucharest, London–Heathrow, Leipzig/Halle, East Midlands
EgyptAir Cargo Cairo, Ostend[48]
Emirates SkyCargo Dubai–Al Maktoum
Etihad Cargo Abu Dhabi, Bogotá, Moscow—Domodedovo, San Juan
FedEx Express Ancona, Guangzhou, Memphis, Munich, Newark, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Pisa, Shanghai–Pudong, Venice
Korean Air Cargo London–Stansted, Navoi, Seoul–Incheon, Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion, Vienna, Zaragoza
Lufthansa Cargo Cairo, Frankfurt
Nippon Cargo Airlines Amsterdam, Hahn, Tokyo–Narita
Qatar Airways Cargo Chicago–O'Hare,[49] Doha, London–Stansted, Tripoli
Royal Air Maroc Brussels, Casablanca
Saudia Cargo Brussels, Damman, Jeddah, Riyadh
Silk Way Airlines Baku[50]
Swiftair East Midlands[51]
Turkish Airlines Cargo Algiers, Istanbul–Atatürk[52]


Busiest routes[edit]

Busiest domestic routes to/from Milan Malpensa (2015)[53]
Rank Rank
Airport Passengers Airline(s)
1 Increase 1 Italy Naples, Campania Decrease 435,226 easyJet, Meridiana
2 Decrease 1 Italy Catania, Sicily Decrease 377,498 easyJet, Albastar
3 Steady Italy Rome, Lazio Decrease 317,286 Alitalia, easyJet
4 Steady Italy Palermo, Sicily Decrease 306,298 easyJet, Albastar
5 Steady Italy Olbia, Sardinia Decrease 259,492 easyJet, Meridiana, Neos Air
6 Steady Italy Lamezia Terme, Calabria Decrease 253,165 easyJet, Albastar
7 Steady Italy Bari, Apulia Decrease 186,200 easyJet
8 Increase 1 Italy Brindisi, Apulia Decrease 145,419 easyJet, AirBaltic
9 Decrease1 Italy Cagliari, Sardinia Decrease 136,261 easyJet, Meridiana, Neos Air
Busiest European routes to/from Milan Malpensa (2015)[53]
Rank Rank
Airport Passengers Airline(s)
1 Increase 1 Spain Barcelona, Spain Increase 652,315 easyJet, Singapore Airlines, Vueling
2 Decrease 1 France Paris-Charles de Gaulle, France Increase 649,957 easyJet
3 Steady Spain Madrid, Spain Increase 549,910 Air Europa, easyJet, Iberia
4 Steady United Kingdom London-Gatwick, United Kingdom Increase 531,577 easyJet
5 Increase 6 Germany Munich, Germany Increase 449,715 Lufthansa, AirDolomiti, Easyjet
6 Increase 2 Netherlands Amsterdam, Netherlands Increase 380,877 easyJet
7 Increase 5 Portugal Lisbon, Portugal Increase 375,371 easyJet, TAP Portugal
8 Steady Denmark Copenhagen, Denmark Decrease 373,571 easyJet, Scandinavian Airlines
9 Steady Germany Frankfurt am Main, Germany Decrease 327,748 Lufthansa
10 Increase 4 Belgium Brussels, Belgium Increase 300,206 Brussels Airlines, easyJet
11 Increase 2 Czech Republic Prague, Czech Republic Decrease 265,496 Czech Airlines, easyJet
12 Increase 3 Greece Athens, Greece Increase 257,898 Aegean Airlines, easyJet
13 Increase 3 Switzerland Zürich, Switzerland Decrease 236,741 Swiss International Air Lines
14 Increase 5 United Kingdom London-Heathrow, United Kingdom Increase 236,424 British Airways
15 Decrease 3 Austria Vienna, Austria Decrease 220,598 Austrian Airlines
16 Increase 6 Hungary Budapest, Hungary Increase 194,689 Wizzair
17 Increase 3 Spain Ibiza, Spain Increase 188,667 Blue Panorama Airlines, easyJet, Meridiana, Neos Air, Vueling
18 Increase 5 Germany Hamburg, Germany Increase 187,173 easyJet, Germanwings
19 Steady Germany Berlin-Schönefeld, Germany Decrease 179,074 easyJet
20 Increase 1 Finland Helsinki, Finland Decrease 177,345 Finnair
21 Decrease 8 Germany Düsseldof, Germany Decrease 152,421 Germanwings
22 Increase 4 United Kingdom London-Luton, England Increase 136,233 easyJet
23 Steady Spain Málaga, Spain Decrease 135,829 easyJet
24 Increase 12 Germany Stuttgart Germany Increase 130,172 easyJet, Germanwings
25 Increase 4 Luxembourg Luxembourg, Luxembourg Increase 122,187 easyJet, Luxair
26 Increase 1 Poland Warsaw, Poland Increase 114,654 LOT Polish Airlines
27 Decrease 4 United Kingdom Edinburgh, Scotland Increase 114,162 easyJet
Busiest non-European routes to/from Milan Malpensa (2015)[53]
Rank Rank
City Passengers Airline(s)
1 Steady United States New York-John F. Kennedy, New York, United States Increase 671,989 Alitalia, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Emirates
2 Steady United Arab Emirates Dubai-International, United Arab Emirates Increase 604,881 Emirates
3 Increase 1 Turkey Istanbul-Atatürk, Turkey Increase 376,854 Turkish Airlines
4 Decrease 1 Russia Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Russia Decrease 355,662 Aeroflot, Alitalia
5 Increase 1 Qatar Doha, Qatar Increase 292,466 Qatar Airways
6 Increase 3 United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Increase 231,087 Alitalia, Etihad Airways
7 Increase 1 Israel Tel Aviv, Israel Decrease 225,379 easyJet, El Al, Meridiana, Neos Air
8 Increase 1 Morocco Casablanca, Morocco Decrease 189,735 easyJet, Royal Air Maroc
9 Increase 3 Hong Kong Hong Kong, SAR Increase 177,390 Cathay Pacific
10 Decrease 5 Albania Tirana, Albania Increase 170,713 Alitalia, Blue Panorama Airlines
11 Decrease 1 Egypt Cairo, Egypt Decrease 168,000 Egypt Air, Meridiana
11 Steady United States Newark, New Jersey, United States Increase 158,636 United Airlines
12 Increase 6 China Shanghai, China Increase 158,837 Air China
13 Increase 11 Japan Tokyo, Japan Increase 125,214 Alitalia
14 Decrease 1 Morocco Marrakesh, Morocco Decrease 120,362 easyJet, Royal Air Maroc
15 Decrease 1 Brazil São Paulo-Guarulhos, Brazil Decrease 117,137 LAN Airlines
16 Increase 7 Oman Muscat, Oman Increase 116,069 Oman Air
17 Increase 8 Turkey Istanbul, Turkey Increase 115,258 Pegasus Airlines, Turkish Airlines
18 Decrease 3 United States Miami, Florida, United States Decrease 113,940 American Airlines
19 Decrease 2 Tunisia Tunis, Tunisia Decrease 111,861 Alitalia, Tunisair
20 Increase 5 China Beijing, China Increase 107,887 Air China
21 Steady Russia St.Petersburg, Russia Increase 104,799 Aeroflot
22 Increase 5 Ukraine Kiev, Ukraine Increase 104,692 UIA

Movements by country[edit]

Countries with passenger movements
from/to Milan Malpensa Airport (2015)
Rank Country Passengers 2015
1  Italy 2,534,875
2  Spain 1,866,281
3  Germany 1,526,263
4  UK 1,213,484
5  USA 975,120
6  France 897,238
7  UAE 830,260
8  Greece 597,451
9  Russia 512,288
10  Turkey 506,112
11  Portugal 438,041
12  Denmark 473,517
13  The Netherlands 380,877

Transport links[edit]


Malpensa Express at Milano Cadorna station
Connection between the rail station and Terminal 1

Malpensa Express

Malpensa Express trains run from Malpensa Aeroporto railway station, located at Terminal 1, to Milan Cadorna station in the southwest of central Milan. A train leaves every 30 minutes in each direction. At Milan Cadorna, there are connections with Milan Metro lines M1 and M2, the Milan suburban railway service and other destinations. Journey time is 29 minutes (non-stop) or 34 minutes (stopping). Stopping services call at Busto Arsizio FNM, Saronno Centrale (connections for Varese and Como) and Milan Bovisa (connection with suburban services).[54]

Since 13 December 2010, the Malpensa Express has also run to Milan Central station, connecting there with Milan Metro lines M2 and M3 and various rail services. A train leaves every 30 minutes in each direction (or hourly during early mornings or late evenings). Journey times are 46 minutes (semi-fast) and 53 minutes (stopping). All services call at Milan Porta Garibaldi (connections with Milan Metro lines M2 and M5) and Saronno Centrale, with stopping services also calling at Busto Arsizio FNM station.[55]

From December 2016, Malpensa Express is expected to extend to Terminal 2 when a new railway station opens.[13]

Other train services

Two daily high-speed (Alta Velocità) services connect Malpensa Aeroporto to Florence/Firenze via Milan Central, Bologna Central and Florence Santa Maria Novella stations. One of the high-speed trains continues to Naples/Napoli via Rome Termini.[56] As of October 2012, the service was terminated.

Milan's Suburban Line S10 (Milano Rogoredo–Milano Bovisa) runs to Malpensa Airport/Aeroporto from June 2010 onwards.[57] Trains call at: Ferno, Busto Arsizio, Castellanza, Rescaldina, Saronno Centrale, Milano Bovisa, Milano Lancetti, Milano Porta Garibaldi M2-M5, Milano Repubblica M3, Milano Porta Venezia M1, Milano Dateo and Milano Porta Vittoria. As of October 2012, the service is now terminated.

Future train connections

The Malpensa – Varese – Mendrisio (CH) – Lugano (CH) line is currently under construction and scheduled to be completed in 2016, providing a direct connection between Malpensa Airport/Aeroporto and the south-eastern part of Switzerland. There are plans to connect Gallarate Station and Milan's Centrale Station (FS), which is currently a terminus station with no through tracks, so as to allow more convenient access to high-speed international lines.


  • Malpensa Shuttle and Malpensa Bus Express connect the airport to Milan Central station (Trenitalia's National Railway hub) and for Milan's Metro network. The shuttle bus calls at Terminals 1 and 2, Busto Arsizio and Milan Fair (on request). Journey time is 60–70 minutes.
  • From February 2010 onwards, 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 destinations in Lombardy (Varese, Como, Bergamo and Brescia, Alessandria and Novara), Piedmont (Turin/Torino), Liguria (Genoa/Genova) and Switzerland (Bellinzona, Chiasso and Lugano).[58]
  • A free, 24-hour shuttle bus provides access to Terminal 2 from Terminal 1. The bus leaves every 7 minutes. Journey time is 15–20 minutes.
  • Malpensa Airport has a direct coach connection with Milan's Linate Airport.


Malpensa Airport is accessible by a four-lane motorway to the A8 (connecting Switzerland to Milan) and by a five-lane motorway to the A4 (connecting Turin/Torino, Verona, Venice and Triest/Trieste). Local access to the airport is provided by the State Road SS336 from Gallarate and by the State Road SS336dir from Magenta.

Official taxis in Milan are white and are equipped with taximeter, showing the total price for the journey (the price is for the vehicle, not for people) calculated with official fares approved by local government authorities. The only exception is the journey from city to airport and return.


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External links[edit]

Media related to Milan Malpensa Airport at Wikimedia Commons
Milano Malpensa Airport travel guide from Wikivoyage