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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 Italy
Location within Italy
Direction Length Surface
m ft
17L/35R 3,920 12,861 Asphalt
17R/35L 3,920 12,861 Asphalt
Statistics (2014)
Passengers 18,851,238
Passenger change 13–14 Increase 5.0%
Aircraft movements 166,509
Movements change 13–14 Increase 1.1%
Statistics from Assaeroporti[2]

Milan–Malpensa Airport (IATA: MXPICAO: LIMC), formerly City of Busto Arsizio Airport,[3][4] is the largest 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, which is a border between Lombardy and Piedmont. The airport has two terminals and two runways. There is a dedicated cargo terminal called "CargoCity", which handles over 435,000 tons of traffic 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.

In 2014, Malpensa Airport handled 18,851,238[2] passengers, up 5% on 2013; it is currently the 28th busiest airport in Europe in terms of passengers. Until 2008, Malpensa Airport was a major hub for Alitalia. As of early 2015, Malpensa, together with Rome Fiumicino Airport, remains the top Italian airport in terms of international passenger traffic and the leading for freight and cargo.


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, has 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.

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 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 (2008 onwards)[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[citation needed] after London Gatwick, with 17 of its Airbus A319s based here. The airline currently flies services from Malpensa to 43 destinations in Italy and across Europe.[7]

Ground handling[edit]

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: services are handled by SEA Handling (a subsidiary of the airport's operator) and the private ATA Handling. ATA Handling provides all ground handling services apart from shuttle bus transfer to and from aircraft: this part was originally subcontracted to SEA Handling, but now to Air Pullman. Three companies now add to the portfolio of passenger handling: Aviapartner, Globeground Italia and ICTS Italia.

During the first few years of deregulation, some airliners utilised their own staff for customer assistance, but Air One and British Airways realised that such a practice was too expensive. This has prompted the United States to stop operating routes in and out of Malpensa Airport.

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. Aviapartner and ARE Group announced that they would create a new company called Aviapartner (owned 51% by Aviapartner and 49% ARE Group) to operate at Milan–Malpensa and Rome–Fiumicino airports.

Security services[edit]

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. Furthermore, some airlines rely on private security companies (such as ICTS Italia, SEA Airport Security, Gruppo Sicurezza etc.) to provide document checks and aircraft guarding.


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

Malpensa Airport has two passenger terminals, located several kilometres apart.

Terminal 1[edit]

Terminal 1, which opened in 1998, is the newer,[8] larger and more important terminal. It hosts the airport's Malpensa Aeroporto railway station. It 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 and was named Terminal 2 when Terminal 1 opened.[8] It is currently used only by EasyJet. It has been used previously for charter services, which were then moved to Terminal 1. The only public transport available is ATM (Milan) airport buses. A frequent, free shuttle connects Terminal 2 to Terminal 1.[9] A railway station is under construction.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Destinations from MXP


Airlines Destinations Terminal
Aegean Airlines Athens
Seasonal: Heraklion, Larnaca[10]
Aer Lingus Dublin 1C
Aeroflot Moscow–Sheremetyevo 1B
operated by Rossiya
Saint Petersburg 1B
Air Algérie Algiers 1B
Air Canada Seasonal: Toronto–Pearson 1C
Air China Beijing–Capital, Shanghai–Pudong 1B
Air Europa Madrid 1A
Air India Delhi 1C
Air Moldova Chișinău 1B
Air Serbia Belgrade 1B
airBaltic Riga 1A
Alitalia Abu Dhabi, Moscow–Sheremetyevo, New York–JFK, Rome–Fiumicino, Tirana, Tokyo–Narita
Seasonal: Algiers, Shanghai–Pudong
1A, 1B
operated by Alitalia CityLiner
Rome–Fiumicino 1A
American Airlines Miami, New York–JFK 1B
Austrian Airlines Vienna 1A
Azerbaijan Airlines Baku 1C
Belavia Minsk–National 1B
operated by Blue Panorama Airlines
Seasonal: Lampedusa, Pantelleria
1A, 1B
Blue Panorama Airlines Cancún, Cayo Largo del Sur, Havana, Holguín, Montego Bay, Santa Clara
Seasonal: Cayo Coco, La Romana, Mérida (ends 14 December 2015),[11] Santiago de Cuba
BMI Regional Bristol 1A
British Airways London–Heathrow 1C
Brussels Airlines Brussels 1A
Bulgaria Air Sofia 1B
Cathay Pacific Hong Kong 1C
Czech Airlines Prague 1A
Delta Air Lines New York–JFK
Seasonal: Atlanta
EasyJet Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Bari, Berlin–Schönefeld, Bordeaux, Brindisi, Brussels, Cagliari, Casablanca (ends 29 November 2015), Catania, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Glasgow (begins 2 December 2015), Hamburg, Lamezia Terme, Larnaca, Lisbon, London–Gatwick, London–Luton, Luxembourg, Madrid, Málaga, Marrakech, Munich, Naples, Olbia, Palermo, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Prague, Rome–Fiumicino, Sharm el-Sheikh (resumes 10 October 2015),[12] Stuttgart, Tallinn (begins 3 December 2015), Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion, Tenerife–South
Seasonal: Alghero, Cephalonia, Corfu, Dubrovnik, Heraklion, Ibiza, Kos, Malta, Minorca, Mykonos, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes, Santorini, Split, Zakynthos
EgyptAir Cairo 1B
El Al Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion 1B
Emirates Dubai–International, New York–JFK 1C
Estonian Air Seasonal: Tallinn 1A
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa 1B
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi 1C
Eurowings Cologne/Bonn (begins 25 October 2015), Düsseldorf (begins 25 October 2015), Hamburg (begins 25 October 2015) 1A
Finnair Helsinki 1A
Flybe Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester, Southampton 1B
Germanwings Cologne/Bonn (ends 24 October 2015), Düsseldorf (ends 24 October 2015), Hamburg (ends 24 October 2015), Stuttgart 1A
HOP! Lyon, Nantes 1A
Iberia Madrid 1A
Icelandair Seasonal: Reykjavík–Keflavík 1A
Iran Air Tehran–Imam Khomeini 1B
Jetairfly Antwerp (ends 27 October 2015), Casablanca (ends 20 October 2015) 1A, 1B
Korean Air Seoul–Incheon 1B
LAN Airlines Santiago de Chile, São Paulo–Guarulhos (both begin 5 November 2015) 1C
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw–Chopin 1A
Lufthansa Frankfurt 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 Dakar, Fortaleza, Fuerteventura, La Romana, Mombasa, Naples, Sharm el-Sheikh
Seasonal: Cagliari, Djerba, Ibiza, Kos, Lampedusa, Marsa Alam, Mauritius, Minorca, Mykonos, Monastir, Natal, Olbia, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes, Santorini, Skiathos, Zanzibar
1A, 1B
Middle East Airlines Beirut 1B
Norwegian Air Shuttle Oslo–Gardermoen 1A
Oman Air Muscat 1B
Pakistan International Airlines Islamabad, Lahore 1B
Pegasus Airlines Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen 1C
Qatar Airways Doha 1C
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca 1B
Saudia Jeddah, Riyadh
Hajj: Medina
Scandinavian Airlines Copenhagen
Seasonal: Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda
Singapore Airlines Singapore 1C
Sun Express Seasonal: İzmir 1B, 1C
Swiss International Air Lines
operated by Swiss Global Air Lines
Zürich 1A
TAM Airlines São Paulo–Guarulhos (ends 4 November 2015)[13] 1C
TAP Portugal Lisbon 1A
TAP Portugal
operated by Portugália
Porto 1A
Thai Airways Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi 1B
Transaero Airlines Moscow–Vnukovo 1C
Tunisair Tunis
Seasonal Enfidha-Hammamet
Turkish Airlines Istanbul–Atatürk, Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen 1C
Twin Jet Marseille, Nice, Toulouse 1A
United Airlines Newark 1B
Ukraine International Airlines Kiev–Boryspil 1B
Uzbekistan Airways Tashkent
Seasonal: Urgench
Vueling Barcelona, Paris–Orly
Seasonal: Bilbao, Ibiza
Wizz Air Bucharest, Budapest 1A, 1B
WOW air Seasonal: Reykjavík–Keflavík 1A


Airlines Destinations Terminal
Air Cairo Seasonal: Hurgada 1B
airBaltic Seasonal: Brindisi 1A
AlbaStar Seasonal: Crotone, Fuerteventura, Heraklion, Ibiza, Karpathos, Kos, Málaga, Minorca, Mostar, Mykonos, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes, Samos, Santorini, Tenerife–South 1A
Alitalia Seasonal: Antigua (begins 20 December 2015) 1B
Cairo Aviation Seasonal: Hurgada 1B
Europe Airpost Seasonal: Lourdes 1A
Freebird Airlines Seasonal: Antalya, Bodrum 1B
Mistral Air Seasonal: Catania, Palermo 1A
Neos Seasonal charter: Agadir, Boa Vista, Cagliari, Cancún, Cayo Largo, Djerba, Enfidha, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Havana, Heraklion, Holguín, Hurghada, Ibiza, Karpathos, Kos, La Romana, Lamezia Terme, Lampedusa, Lanzarote, Larnaca, Luxor, Mahé, Malé, Marsa Alam, Mauritius, Mersa Matruh, Minorca, Mombasa, Monastir, Montego Bay, Mostar, Mykonos, Nosy Be, Olbia, Palma de Mallorca, Pointe-à-Pitre, Porto Santo, Punta Cana, Ras al-Khaimah, Rhodes, Rostock–Laage, Sal, Santorini, Sharm el-Sheikh, Skiathos, Stockholm Arlanda, Tenerife–South, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion, Zanzibar 1A, 1B
Nesma Airlines Seasonal: Sharm el-Sheikh 1B
Nouvelair Seasonal: Djerba, Monastir 1B
Olympic Air Seasonal: Heraklion 1A
SmartLynx Airlines Seasonal: Lourdes, Málaga, Tenerife–South 1A
Tunisair Seasonal: Djerba, Monastir, Tabarka 1B


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 Aguadilla
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
Emirates SkyCargo Dubai–Al Maktoum
Etihad Cargo Abu Dhabi, Bogotá, Moscow—Domodedovo
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,[14] Doha, London–Stansted, Tripoli
Royal Air Maroc Brussels, Casablanca
Saudia Cargo Brussels, Damman, Jeddah, Riyadh
Silk Way Airlines Baku[15]
Swiftair East Midlands[16]
Turkish Airlines Cargo Algiers, Istanbul–Atatürk[17]

Traffic and statistics[edit]

Busiest domestic routes from Malpensa (2008–2014)[18]
Rank City Passengers 2014 Passengers 2013 Passengers 2012 Passengers 2011 Passenger 2010 Passenger 2009 Passenger 2008
1 Sicily Catania 533,130 597,449 668,530 725,773 544,328 438,513 328,122
2 Campania Naples 444,365 505,955 640,752 702,984 703,031 572,753 495,607
3 Lazio Rome-FCO 332,336 454,659 600,620 674,836 683,031 671,396 533,845
4 Sicily Palermo 323,918 295,502 369,836 455,657 468,362 396,283 438,164
5 Calabria Lamezia Terme 272,618 289,508 284,536 285,515 256,948 130,760 152,422
6 Sardinia Olbia 257,636 274,233 282,248 233,096 192,862 170,712 141,253
7 Apulia Bari 209,921 196,730 292,978 342,553 372,863 368,909 276,168
8 Apulia Brindisi 182,393 108,082 167,389 184,847 156,335 100,003 114,706
9 Sardinia Cagliari 178,075 125,562 127,540 124,362 112,416 - 157,119
Busiest international routes from Malpensa within European Union (2008–2014)[18]
Rank City Passengers 2014 Passengers 2013 Passengers 2012 Passengers 2011 Passengers 2010 Passenger 2009 Passenger 2008
1 France Paris–CDG, France 646,791 599,286 550,409 856,817 922,702 998,271 876,087
2 Spain Barcelona, Spain 624,357 587,036 588,214 609,832 564,628 543,512 485,016
3 Spain Madrid, Spain 534,677 622,338 643,280 560,443 624,290 581,580 713,855
4 United Kingdom London–Gatwick, United Kingdom 507,864 486,015 542,790 359,574 335,273 314,771 316,521
5 Denmark Copenhagen, Denmark 411,538 427,455 379,582 289,633 272,285 274,516 261,130
6 Portugal Lisbon, Portugal 367,536 306,707 289,805 320,512 321,320 296,108 274,541
7 Netherlands Amsterdam, Netherlands 353,432 369,375 403,142 549,023 558,481 562,836 656,953
8 Germany Frankfurt am Main, Germany 334,070 323,793 317,019 335,758 305,890 311,742 345,206
9 Austria Vienna, Austria 331,822 344,127 365,522 295,861 246,336 240,256 371,261
10 Germany Munich, Germany 328,092 335,365 382,381 363,932 316,544 290,326 309,868
11 Germany Dusseldorf, Germany 292,868 285,007 279,429 296,640 263,328 265,093 227,954
12 Czech Republic Prague, Czech Republic 283,794 309,169 306,902 283,056 218,680 197,182 238,231
13 Belgium Brussels, Belgium 283,272 288,295 305,883 308,765 258,152 289,887 288,300
14 Greece Athens, Greece 250,052 250,917 273,776 245,269 275,273 377,211 370,607
15 United Kingdom London–Heathrow, United Kingdom 180,506 184,685 183,789 437,897 491,844 466,405 357,701
Busiest international routes from Malpensa outside the European Union (2008–2014)
Rank City Passengers 2014 Passengers 2013 Passengers 2012 Passengers 2011 Passengers 2010 Passenger 2009 Passenger 2008
1 United States New York-Kennedy, United States 556,888 421,850 379,167 345,534 321,837 332,555 294,132
2 United Arab Emirates Dubai, United Arab Emirates 547,824 536,974 463,335 390,996 405,502 289,659 170,657
3 Russia Moscow–Sheremetyevo, Russia 369,421 367,025 297,409 265,968 240,948 213,528 262,850
4 Turkey Istanbul–Atatürk, Turkey 357,738 354,036 329,679 290,455 315,435 289,569 286,727
5 Switzerland Zürich, Switzerland 249,262 242,394 259,414 264,068 243,426 251,560 282,684
6 Albania Tirana, Albania 242,727 213,981 198,181 152,109 121,792 130,863
7 Qatar Doha, Qatar 240,875 209,748 194,575 139,804 155,848 131,370 119,560
8 Israel Tel Aviv, Israel 237,052 182,719 188,625 186,569 205,771 199,666 170,947
9 Morocco Casablanca, Morocco 215,152 207,721 228,662 234,537 255,732 207,249 256,749
10 Egypt Cairo, Egypt 210,184 196,939 176,972 204,216 243,660 220,259 248,375
11 Hong Kong Hong Kong, SAR 174,146 172,392 178,695 138,778 76,658
12 United States New York-Newark, United States 152,291 133,534 106,894 96,489 96,409 93,732 129,635
13 Morocco Marrakech, Morocco 150,425 129,785 102,905 103,933 117,303 131,107 118,485
14 United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 147,816 156,673 146,909 116,195 86,059 - -
15 Brazil São Paulo–Guarulhos, Brazil 139,396 135,271 143,506 163,516 190,132 214,449 240,232
16 United States Miami, United States 131,063 - 54,321 52,026 - - -
17 Egypt Marsa Alam, Egypt 125,247 101,770 144,706 100,011 170,113 160,166 155,421
18 Tunisia Tunis, Tunisia 121,048 152,908 170,941 134,090 145,407 104,433 126,521
19 China Shanghai, China 116,702 122,023 122,214 108,869 101,899 101,427 -
20 Serbia Belgrade, Serbia 112,561 63,980 - - - - -

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).[19]

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.[20]

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.[21] 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.[22] 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 2015, providing a direction 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 Arzioso 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).[23]
  • 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.


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. Local authorities was establishing a couple of years ago a fixed airport fare from and to some destinations:

  • Malpensa Airport to/from City area – €90
  • Malpensa Airport to/from Exhibit area (Fiera di Milano / Rho) – €60
  • Malpensa Airport to/form Linate Airport – €100
  • Malpensa Airport to/from Varese – €65

These prices will be applied regardless of taxi meter price and are inclusive of all surcharges, night-holidays surcharge, highways tolls, but can be applied only if the journey has no intermediate stops. Otherwise the total price indicated by taximeter will be applied.

Taxi ranks at Malpensa Airport are at Arrival Area, ground floor. Gate #6 for Terminal 1 and gate #4 for Terminal 2.


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 SS11.


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External links[edit]

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