Milan Malpensa Airport

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Milan Malpensa Airport

Aeroporto di Milano Malpensa
"Città di Milano"
Malpensa Airport aerial view.jpg
Airport typePublic
OperatorSEA Aeroporti di Milano
ServesMilan, Italy
LocationFerno, Varese
Hub for
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL1,000 ft / 304.8 m
Coordinates45°37′48″N 8°43′23″E / 45.63000°N 8.72306°E / 45.63000; 8.72306Coordinates: 45°37′48″N 8°43′23″E / 45.63000°N 8.72306°E / 45.63000; 8.72306
MXP is located in Lombardy
Location within Northern Italy
MXP is located in Italy
MXP (Italy)
MXP is located in Europe
MXP (Europe)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
17L/35R 3,920 12,861 Asphalt
17R/35L 3,920 12,861 Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Passenger change 17–18Increase 11.5%
Aircraft movements194,515
Movements change 17–18Increase 8.7%
Statistics from Assaeroporti[3]

Milan Malpensa Airport (IATA: MXP, ICAO: LIMC) is the largest international airport in the Milan metropolitan area in northern Italy. It serves 15 million inhabitants in Lombardy, Piedmont and Liguria, as well as those living in the Swiss Canton of Ticino. The airport is located 49 kilometres (30 mi) northwest[4] 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 2018, Malpensa Airport handled 24,725,490 passengers and was the 25th busiest airport in Europe in terms of passengers and 2nd busiest airport in Italy in terms of passengers. Until 2008, Malpensa Airport was a major hub for flag carrier Alitalia. Malpensa Airport remains the second-busiest Italian airport for international passenger traffic (after Rome Fiumicino Airport), and the busiest for freight and cargo, handling over 500,000 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 make 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 bad weather.

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 only domestic services.

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.

The low-cost carrier EasyJet made Malpensa its main base after London Gatwick, with more than 20 of its Airbus A319s and Airbus A320s based there. The airline currently flies services from Malpensa to more than 70 destinations in Italy and across Europe.[5] Competitor Ryanair confirmed plans to open an operating base at Malpensa from December 2015, initially with one aircraft.[6]

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.[7] 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.[8]


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 and trains.

Terminal 1[edit]

Terminal 1, which opened in 1998, is the newer,[9] 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 intercontinental flights.
  • Terminal 1C, opened in January 2013, handles non-Schengen, intercontinental flights and security-sensitive flights to USA and Israel.

Terminal 2[edit]

Terminal 2 is the older terminal.[9] It is currently used exclusively by easyJet. All charter services, which were previously based in this terminal, moved to Terminal 1 upon its opening.

Prior to December 2016, the only public transport available at Terminal 2 was ATM (Transport for Milan) local buses or shuttle buses operated by Terravision, Autostradale and Malpensa Shuttle. Malpensa Airport additionally provides free shuttles connecting Terminal 2 to Terminal 1.[10] A new railway station at Terminal 2 was opened in December 2016.[11]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


The following airlines operate regular scheduled, seasonal and charter flights to and from Malpensa:[12]

Aegean Airlines Athens
Seasonal: Kalamata
Aer Lingus Dublin
Aeroflot Moscow–Sheremetyevo
Air Albania Tirana
Air Algérie Algiers
Air Cairo Alexandria–Borg El Arab, Marsa Alam, Sharm El Sheikh
Seasonal: Hurghada
Air Canada Seasonal: Toronto–Pearson
Air China Beijing–Capital, Shanghai–Pudong
Air Dolomiti Seasonal charter: Olbia[13]
Air Europa Madrid
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Air India Delhi
Air Italy Accra, Cagliari, Cairo, Catania, Dakar–Diass, Lagos, Lamezia Terme, Miami, Naples, New York–JFK, Palermo, Rome–Fiumicino, Sharm El Sheikh
Seasonal: Los Angeles, Malé (resumes 29 October 2019),[14] Mombasa (resumes 29 October 2019),[14] Olbia, San Francisco, Tenerife–South (resumes 28 October 2019),[15] Toronto–Pearson, Zanzibar (resumes 1 November 2019)[14]
Seasonal charter: Fort-de-France (resumes 7 December 2019)[16]
Air Horizont Seasonal charter:[12] Brindisi, Lamezia Terme, Olbia, Pantelleria[17]
Air Moldova Chisinau
Air Nostrum Seasonal charter: Palma de Mallorca[12]
Air Serbia Belgrade
airBaltic Riga
AlbaStar Seasonal: Bodø, Catania, Lourdes, Marsa Alam, Palermo (resumes 20 December 2019)[18]
Seasonal charter: El Alamein, Enfidha, Heraklion, Ibiza, Kalamata, Karpathos, Kos, Menorca, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes, Sharm El Sheikh[18][19]
Alitalia New York–JFK, Rome–Fiumicino, Tokyo–Narita
Seasonal: Cairo (ends 25 October 2019),[20] Malé, Moscow–Sheremetyevo (ends 26 October 2019),[20] Saint Petersburg (ends 26 October 2019),[20] Tel Aviv (ends 25 October 2019)[20]
Seasonal charter: Hamburg,[21] Pointe-à-Pitre,[21] Rostock[22]
AlMasria Universal Airlines Seasonal charter: Sharm El Sheikh[23]
American Airlines Miami, New York–JFK
Austrian Airlines Vienna
Azerbaijan Airlines Baku
Belavia Minsk
Blue Air Bucharest
Blue Panorama Airlines Cancún, Havana, Tirana
Seasonal: Antigua, Cayo Largo, Freeport, Heraklion, Holguín, Kos, Lampedusa, Mombasa, Rhodes, Santo Domingo–Las Américas, Skiathos, Zakynthos, Zanzibar
Seasonal charter: Fuerteventura,[24] Lanzarote,[25] Marsa Alam,[26] Sharm El Sheikh[26]
British Airways London–Heathrow
Brussels Airlines Brussels
Bulgaria Air Sofia
Cabo Verde Airlines Sal
Cathay Pacific Hong Kong
Croatia Airlines Seasonal: Zagreb
Czech Airlines Prague
Delta Air Lines New York–JFK
Seasonal: Atlanta
easyJet Agadir (begins 29 October 2019),[27] Amsterdam, Barcelona, Bari, Berlin–Schönefeld, Berlin–Tegel, Bordeaux, Brindisi, Bristol, Cagliari, Catania, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Faro, Fuerteventura, Granada, Kraków, Lamezia Terme, Lanzarote, Larnaca, Lisbon, London–Gatwick, London–Luton, Luxembourg, Madrid, Málaga, Manchester, Marrakech, Munich, Nantes, Naples, Olbia, Palermo, Palma de Mallorca, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Prague, Stockholm–Arlanda, Stuttgart, Tallinn (ends 24 October 2019),[28] Tel Aviv, Tenerife–South, Tirana (begins 28 November 2019),[29] Toulouse
Seasonal: Alghero, Alicante, Aqaba (begins 27 October 2019),[27] Athens, Bilbao, Corfu, Dubrovnik, Heraklion, Hurghada, Ibiza, Kephalonia, Kos, Malta, Marsa Alam (begins 1 November 2019),[30] Menorca, Mykonos, Pula, Rhodes, Santiago de Compostela (enda 26 October 2019),[31] Santorini, Split, Zadar, Zakynthos
EgyptAir Cairo
El Al Tel Aviv
Emirates Dubai–International, New York–JFK
Ernest Airlines Kharkiv, Kiev–Zhuliany, Tirana
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi
Eurowings Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Stuttgart
EVA Air Taipei–Taoyuan (begins 19 February 2020)[32]
Finnair Helsinki
Flybe Manchester
Seasonal: Birmingham[33]
Freebird Airlines Seasonal charter: Bodrum[34][35]
HOP! Lyon, Nantes
Iberia Madrid
Icelandair Seasonal: Reykjavík–Keflavík
Iran Air Tehran–Imam Khomeini
KLM Amsterdam
Korean Air Seoul–Incheon
Kuwait Airways Kuwait City
LATAM Brasil São Paulo–Guarulhos
Lauda Vienna (begins 29 March 2020)[36]
Level Amsterdam
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw–Chopin
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich
Luxair Luxembourg
Mahan Air Tehran–Imam Khomeini
Middle East Airlines Beirut
Neos[37] Boa Vista, Cancún, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Guiyang, Havana, Holguín, La Romana, Malé, Marsa Alam, Mombasa, Montego Bay, Nanjing, Sal, Sharm El Sheikh, Tenerife–South, Varadero
Seasonal: Amman–Queen Alia (resumes 9 April 2020),[37] Brindisi, Cagliari, Catania, Cayo Largo, Chania, Corfu, Heraklion, Hurghada, Ibiza, Karpathos, Kos, Lamezia Terme, Lampedusa, Lanzarote, Larnaca, Luxor, Málaga, Marsa Matruh, Menorca, Mykonos, Nosy Be, Olbia, Palermo, Palma de Mallorca, Phu Quoc, Reykjavík–Keflavík, Rhodes, Rovaniemi, Salalah, Samos, Santorini, Skiathos, Tel Aviv, Thessaloniki, Yangon, Zanzibar
Seasonal charter: Abu Dhabi,[38] Hamburg,[39] Mumbai,[40] Pointe-à-Pitre,[41] Rostock,[41] Stockholm–Arlanda[42]
Nesma Airlines Seasonal charter: Sharm El Sheikh[12]
Norwegian Air Shuttle Oslo–Gardermoen
Nouvelair Seasonal charter: Djerba[43]
Oman Air Muscat
Pakistan International Airlines Islamabad, Lahore, Sialkot (begins 5 December 2019)[44]
Qatar Airways Doha
Rossiya Saint Petersburg
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca
Ryanair Alicante, Bari, Berlin–Tegel, Brindisi, Bristol, Brussels, Bucharest, Catania, Comiso, Dublin, Gran Canaria, Kaunas, Lamezia Terme, London–Stansted, Madrid, Málaga, Manchester (begins 27 October 2019),[45] Palermo, Porto, Seville, Tenerife–South (ends 3 January 2020),[46] Valencia
Seasonal: Almeria, Heraklion, Liverpool, Palma de Mallorca
S7 Airlines Moscow–Domodedovo (resumes 25 December 2019)[47]
Saudia Jeddah, Riyadh
Seasonal: Medina
Scandinavian Airlines Copenhagen, Oslo–Gardermoen
Seasonal: Bergen, Stavanger, Stockholm–Arlanda
Singapore Airlines Singapore
Swiss International Air Lines Zurich
TAP Air Portugal Lisbon, Porto
Thai Airways Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi
TUI fly Belgium Seasonal: Casablanca
Tunisair Tunis
Seasonal: Djerba, Monastir
Turkish Airlines Istanbul, Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen
Twin Jet Marseille
Seasonal: Nice
Ukraine International Airlines Kiev–Boryspil
United Airlines Newark
Utair Moscow–Vnukovo
Uzbekistan Airways Seasonal: Tashkent, Urgench[citation needed][original research?]
Vueling Barcelona, Bilbao, Paris–Orly
Seasonal: Alicante, Ibiza
Wizz Air Budapest, Debrecen, Kraków (begins 1 July 2020),[48] Kutaisi, Ohrid, Podgorica, Skopje, Vienna, Vilnius


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
CargoluxCampinas–Viracopos, Chicago–O'Hare, London–Stansted, Los Angeles, Luxembourg, Maastricht/Aachen, New York–JFK, Taipei–Taoyuan
Cargolux ItaliaAlmaty, 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 Bucharest, East Midlands, Leipzig/Halle, London–Heathrow, London–Luton, London–Stansted, Madrid
EgyptAir CargoCairo
Emirates SkyCargoDubai–Al Maktoum
Ethiopian Airlines Cargo Addis Ababa
FedEx Express Ancona, Dubai–International, Guangzhou, Memphis, Munich, Newark, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Pisa, Shanghai–Pudong, Venice
Korean Air Cargo Navoi, Seoul–Incheon, Tel Aviv, Vienna, Zaragoza
Lufthansa Cargo Cairo, Frankfurt
Nippon Cargo Airlines Amsterdam, Hahn, Tokyo–Narita
Qatar Airways CargoChicago–O'Hare,[49] Doha, London–Stansted, Tripoli–International
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 (2018)[53]
Rank Rank
(prev. year)
Airport Passengers % var.
(prev. year)
1 Steady Sicily Catania, Sicily Increase 1,048,371 Increase 10.24 Air Italy, AlbaStar, Alitalia, easyJet, Neos Air, Ryanair
2 Steady Sicily Palermo, Sicily Increase 673,401 Increase 81.54 Air Italy, Alitalia, easyJet, Neos Air, Ryanair
3 Increase 2 Calabria Lamezia Terme, Calabria Increase 557,529 Increase 80.38 Air Italy, Alitalia, easyJet, Ryanair
4 Decrease 1 Campania Naples, Campania Increase 359,168 Increase 29.13 Air Italy, Alitalia, easyJet
5 Decrease 1 Sardinia Olbia, Sardinia Increase 324,110 Increase 3.16 Air Italy, Alitalia, Blue Panorama Airlines, easyJet, Neos Air
6 Steady new Lazio Rome–Fiumicino, Lazio Steady 242,114 Steady new Air Italy, Alitalia
7 Decrease 1 Apulia Bari, Apulia Increase 229,529 Increase 10.17 Alitalia, easyJet
8 Decrease 1 Apulia Brindisi, Apulia Increase 191,036 Increase 6.40 Alitalia, easyJet, Neos Air
9 Decrease 1 Sardinia Cagliari, Sardinia Decrease 158,621 Decrease 11.38 Air Italy, Alitalia, easyJet, Neos Air
10 Decrease 1 Sicily Comiso, Sicily Decrease 118,181 Decrease 2.24 Ryanair
Busiest routes between Milan Malpensa and destinations within the European Union (2018)[53]
Rank Rank
(prev. year)
Airport Passengers % var.
(prev. year)
1 Steady France Paris–Charles de Gaulle, France Increase 911,510 Increase 15.41 Air France, Alitalia, easyJet
2 Increase 1 Netherlands Amsterdam, Netherlands Increase 840,160 Increase 12.78 Alitalia, easyJet, KLM, Vueling
3 Decrease 1 Spain Barcelona, Spain Increase 819,077 Increase 7.88 easyJet, Vueling
4 Increase 1 United Kingdom London–Gatwick, United Kingdom Increase 577,011 Increase 1.35 easyJet
5 Decrease 1 Spain Madrid, Spain Decrease 544,472 Decrease 9.63 Air Europa, Alitalia, easyJet, Iberia, Ryanair
6 Increase 1 Germany Munich, Germany Increase 466,052 Increase 12.26 AirDolomiti, easyJet, Lufthansa
7 Decrease 1 Portugal Lisbon, Portugal Decrease 437,438 Decrease 1.24 Alitalia, easyJet, TAP Portugal
8 Increase 2 Germany Frankfurt am Main, Germany Increase 381,004 Increase 12.86 Alitalia, Lufthansa
9 Increase 2 Austria Vienna, Austria Increase 377,191 Increase 25.16 Austrian Airlines, Wizz Air
10 Decrease 1 Denmark Copenhagen, Denmark Increase 362,846 Increase 1.63 Alitalia, easyJet, Scandinavian Airlines
11 Decrease 3 Belgium Brussels, Belgium Decrease 337,104 Decrease 8.21 Alitalia, Brussels Airlines, Ryanair
12 Steady Czech Republic Prague, Czech Republic Increase 304,128 Increase 2.76 Alitalia, Czech Airlines, easyJet
13 Steady Greece Athens, Greece Decrease 274,995 Decrease 0.10 Aegean Airlines, Alitalia, easyJet
14 Steady United Kingdom London–Heathrow, United Kingdom Increase 248,369 Increase 1.40 Alitalia, British Airways
15 Increase 2 Hungary Budapest, Hungary Increase 239,457 Increase 7.32 Wizz Air
16 Increase 2 Germany Düsseldorf, Germany Increase 235,165 Increase 23.75 Alitalia, Eurowings
17 Decrease 2 Spain Ibiza, Spain Increase 225,132 Increase 0.69 Alitalia, easyJet, Iberia, Neos Air, Vueling
18 Decrease 2 United Kingdom London–Stansted, United Kingdom Decrease 217,971 Decrease 2.37 Ryanair
19 Increase 5 France Paris–Orly, France Increase 206,011 Increase 27.61 Aigle Azur, Alitalia, easyJet, Vueling
20 Steady Finland Helsinki, Finland Increase 195,876 Increase 7.24 Finnair
21 Decrease 2 Germany Berlin–Schönefeld, Germany Decrease 183,298 Decrease 1.19 easyJet
22 Increase 16 Portugal Oporto, Portugal Increase 177,852 Increase 115.74 Ryanair, TAP Portugal
23 Steady United Kingdom London–Luton, England Increase 170,303 Increase 2.84 easyJet
24 Increase 1 United Kingdom Edinburgh, Scotland Increase 165,084 Increase 4.69 Alitalia, easyJet
25 Increase 2 Spain Málaga, Spain Increase 159,629 Increase 3.13 easyJet, Neos Air, Ryanair
26 Decrease 4 United Kingdom Manchester, United Kingdom Decrease 152,858 Decrease 11.26 easyJet, FlyBe
27 Decrease 1 Germany Stuttgart, Germany Decrease 151,790 Decrease 2.51 easyJet, Eurowings
28 Steady new Germany Berlin–Tegel, Germany Steady 149,610 Steady new easyJet, Ryanair
29 Decrease 1 Luxembourg Luxembourg, Luxembourg Decrease 147,866 Decrease 2.72 easyJet, Luxair
30 Decrease 1 Poland Warsaw, Poland Increase 137,333 Increase 3.99 LOT Polish Airlines
31 Steady Spain Palma de Mallorca, Spain Increase 129,491 Increase 13.10 Alitalia, easyJet, Neos Air
32 Decrease 11 Germany Hamburg, Germany Decrease 129,223 Decrease 25.67 Eurowings
33 Steady Spain Valencia, Spain Steady 128,252 Steady new Ryanair
34 Decrease 4 Bulgaria Sofia, Bulgaria Decrease 113,709 Decrease 8.28 Bulgaria Air, Ryanair
35 Decrease 3 Romania Bucharest, Romania Decrease 112,400 Decrease 1.56 Blue Air, Ryanair
36 Decrease 2 Sweden Stockholm–Arlanda, Sweden Increase 109,095 Increase 5.88 easyJet, Neos Air, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian Airlines
37 Decrease 2 Greece Mykonos, Greece Increase 99,491 Increase 2.37 easyJet, Neos
38 Decrease 5 Germany Cologne, Germany Decrease 94,148 Decrease 12.97 Eurowings
39 Steady new Spain Alicante, Spain Steady 93,742 Steady new easyJet, Ryanair, Vueling
40 Decrease 4 Spain Menorca, Spain Decrease 85,662 Decrease 2.22 easyJet, Neos
41 Steady France Bordeaux, France Increase 79,224 Increase 9.87 easyJet
42 Decrease 2 Spain Tenerife, Spain Decrease 77,708 Decrease 2.64 easyJet, Neos, Ryanair
43 Increase 1 Republic of Ireland Dublin, Ireland Increase 71,749 Increase 14.54 Aer Lingus
44 Decrease 5 France Nantes, France Decrease 71,259 Decrease 11.82 easyJet
45 Steady new Lithuania Vilnius, Lithuania Steady 67,869 Steady Wizz Air
46 Decrease 3 Latvia Riga, Latvia Increase 67,589 Increase 7.85 airBaltic
47 Decrease 2 Greece Heraklion, Greece Increase 61,370 Increase 5.31 Blue Panorama Airlines, easyJet, Neos Air, Ryanair
48 Decrease 11 United Kingdom Birmingham, United Kingdom Decrease 59,974 Decrease 29.69 FlyBe
49 Decrease 3 Spain Seville, Spain Increase 54,643 Increase 0.19 Ryanair
50 Decrease 2 France Toulouse, France Increase 54,436 Increase 1.12 easyJet
51 Decrease 4 France Lyon, France Decrease 53,475 Decrease 1.13 HOP!
52 Decrease 2 Spain Lanzarote, Spain Increase 52,420 Increase 1.03 easyJet, Neos Air
Busiest routes between Milan Malpensa and destinations outside the European Union (2018)[53]
Rank Rank
(prev. year)
City Passengers % var.
(prev. year)
1 Steady United States New York–JFK, New York, United States Increase 791,985 Increase 15.30 Air Italy, Alitalia, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Emirates
2 Steady United Arab Emirates Dubai-International, United Arab Emirates Increase 681,844 Increase 3.18 Emirates
3 Steady Turkey Istanbul–Atatürk, Turkey Increase 416,778 Increase 6.30 Turkish Airlines
4 Steady Russia Moscow–Sheremetyevo, Russia Increase 398,790 Increase 6.78 Aeroflot
5 Steady Qatar Doha, Qatar Increase 359,792 Increase 14.19 Qatar Airways
6 Increase 1 Albania Tirana, Albania Increase 283,107 Increase 6.06 Blue Panorama Airlines, Ernest Airlines
7 Decrease 1 Israel Tel Aviv, Israel Decrease 275,348 Decrease 0.89 Alitalia, easyJet, El Al, Neos Air
8 Increase 1 Switzerland Zurich, Switzerland Increase 229,597 Increase 5.95 Swiss International Air Lines
9 Increase 1 Egypt Cairo, Egypt Increase 215,614 Increase 4.03 Air Italy, Egypt Air
10 Increase 1 Hong Kong Hong Kong, SAR Increase 176,538 Increase 0.38 Cathay Pacific
11 Increase 6 United States Miami, Florida, United States Increase 176,283 Increase 36.95 Air Italy, American Airlines
12 Increase 1 Oman Muscat, Oman Increase 164,120 Increase 8.39 Oman Air
13 Increase 1 China Shanghai, China Increase 148,389 Increase 3.64 Air China
14 Decrease 2 Brazil São Paulo, Brazil Decrease 147,770 Decrease 7.22 LATAM Brasil
15 Increase 9 Thailand Bangkok, Thailand Increase 145,414 Increase 46.34 Air Italy, Thai Airways International
16 Steady United States Newark, New Jersey, United States Increase 145,394 Increase 10.31 United Airlines
17 Decrease 9 United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Decrease 143,445 Decrease 34.96 Etihad Airways
18 Decrease 3 Morocco Casablanca, Morocco Increase 133,982 Increase 0.94 Jetairfly, Royal Air Maroc
19 Decrease 1 Japan Tokyo, Japan Increase 130,477 Increase 1.84 Alitalia
20 Increase 2 China Beijing, China Increase 124,394 Increase 20.47 Air China
21 Decrease 2 Norway Oslo, Norway Increase 118,130 Increase 2.72 Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian Airlines
22 Decrease 1 Ukraine Kiev, Ukraine Increase 116,101 Increase 7.75 Ukraine International Airlines
23 Decrease 3 Tunisia Tunis, Tunisia Increase 113,614 Increase 2.29 Tunisair
24 Decrease 1 Singapore Singapore, Singapore Increase 112,287 Increase 11.23 Singapore Airlines
25 Steady new Egypt Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt Steady 108,124 Steady new Air Cairo, Air Italy, Neos Air
26 Steady Russia Saint Petersburg, Russia Increase 103,460 Increase 16.46 Rossiya Airlines
27 Increase 8 Egypt Marsa Alam, Egypt Increase 102,956 Increase 79.19 Air Cairo, Neos Air
28 Decrease 3 Cuba Havana, Cuba Decrease 92,704 Decrease 5.36 Blue Panorama Airlines, Neos
29 Decrease 2 India Delhi, India Increase 92,583 Increase 11.36 Air India, Air Italy
30 Decrease 2 Morocco Marrakesh, Morocco Increase 88,805 Increase 7.17 easyJet
31 Increase 2 Canada Toronto, Canada Increase 75,347 Increase 25.90 Air Canada, Air Italy
32 Decrease 3 Turkey Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen, Turkey Increase 69,684 Increase 0.88 Turkish Airlines
33 Decrease 3 South Korea Seoul, South Korea Increase 68,056 Increase 1.89 Korean Air
34 Decrease 3 Serbia Belgrade, Serbia Decrease 65,439 Decrease 1.81 Air Serbia
35 Decrease 3 Iran Tehran, Iran Increase 62,207 Increase 0.24 Iran Air, Mahan Air
36 Steady new Russia Moscow–Domodedovo, Russia Steady 61,429 Steady new Air Italy
37 Steady new Russia Moscow–Vnukovo, Russia Steady 60,114 Steady new Utair
38 Steady new Ethiopia Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Steady 56,481 Steady new Ethiopian Airlines
39 Steady new Dominican Republic La Romana, Dominican Republic Steady 53,448 Steady new Neos Air
40 Steady new Tanzania Zanzibar, Tanzania Steady 52,810 Steady new Blue Panorama Airlines, Neos Air
41 Steady new Senegal Dakar, Senegal Steady 51,104 Steady new Air Italy

Movements by country[edit]

European Union countries with passenger movements
from/to Milan Malpensa Airport (2018)
Rank Rank
(prev. year)
Country Passengers 2018
1 Steady  Italy Increase 4,093,221
2 Steady  Spain Increase 2,559,852
3 Increase 1  Germany Increase 1,805,491
4 Decrease 1  UK Decrease 1,717,631
5 Steady  France Increase 1,396,510
6 Steady  Netherlands Increase 841,773
7 Steady  Greece Increase 652,323
8 Steady  Portugal Increase 644,147
9 Increase 2  Austria Increase 377,548
10 Steady  Denmark Increase 367,156
11 Decrease 2  Belgium Increase 337,648
12 Steady  Czech Republic Increase 304,878
13 Steady  Hungary Increase 240,128
14 Increase 1  Poland Increase 232,147
15 Decrease 1  Finland Increase 198,838
16 Steady  Luxembourg Decrease 147,866
17 Steady  Romania Decrease 119,021
18 Steady  Bulgaria Decrease 114,080
19 Steady  Sweden Increase 109,465
20 Increase 1  Lithuania Increase 75,768
21 Decrease 1  Ireland Increase 71,749
22 Increase 1  Estonia Increase 36,937
23 Decrease 1  Cyprus Increase 34,714
24 Steady  Malta Increase 10,198

General statistics[edit]

Years Movements % variation Passengers % variation Cargo (tons) % variation
2000 249,107 Increase13.3 20,716,815 Increase22.1 301,045 Increase4.6
2001 236,409 Decrease5.1 18,570,494 Decrease10.4 323,707 Increase7.5
2002 214,886 Decrease9.1 17,441,250 Decrease6.1 328,241 Increase1.4
2003 213,554 Decrease0.6 17,621,585 Increase1 362,587 Increase10.5
2004 218,048 Increase2.1 18,554,874 Increase5.3 361,237 Increase13.1
2005 227,718 Increase4.4 19,630,514 Increase5.8 384,752 Increase6.5
2006 247,456 Increase8.7 21,767,267 Increase10.9 419,128 Increase8,9
2007 267,941 Increase8.3 23,885,391 Increase9.7 486,666 Increase16.1
2008 218,476 Decrease18.5 19,221,632 Decrease19.5 415,952 Decrease14.5
2009 187,551 Decrease14.2 17,551,635 Decrease8.7 344,047 Decrease17.3
2010 193,771 Increase3.3 18,947,808 Increase8 432,674 Increase25.8
2011 190,838 Decrease1.5 19,303,131 Increase1.8 450,446 Increase4.1
2012 174,892 Decrease8.4 18,537,301 Decrease4 414,317 Decrease8
2013 164,745 Decrease5.8 17,955,075 Decrease3.1 430,343 Increase3.9
2014 166,749 Increase1.2 18,853,203 Increase5 469,657 Increase9.1
2015 160,484 Decrease3.8 18,582,043 Decrease1.4 511,191 Increase8.8
2016 166,842 Increase4 19,420,690 Increase4.5 548,767 Increase7.4
2017 178,953 Increase7.3 22,169,167 Increase14.2 589,719 Increase7.5
2018 194,515 Increase8.7 24,725,490 Increase11.5 572,774.8 Decrease2.9
January–August 2019 148,814 Increase16.6 18,757,308 Increase14.1 359,279.5 Decrease5.4
Evolution of the number of passengers since 2000 (million of people)[54]

Transport links[edit]


Malpensa Express at Milan Cadorna station platform 1
Connection between Terminal 1 and its railway station

Malpensa Express

Malpensa Express is a direct train connection between Terminal 2, Terminal 1 and Milan's city center.

As of 2019, its service is based on a clock-face timetable with four services per hour in both directions: two run between the two airport terminals and Milan Cadorna station; the other two between the two airport terminals, Milan Garibaldi and Milan Centrale stations. All services call at Busto Arsizio Nord, Saronno (connections for Como, Novara and Varese) and Milan Bovisa stations.[55]

The journey time ranges between 30 and 50 minutes, depending on the type of service and number of stops.

Other train services

TiLo operate services to Bellinzona in Switzerland.[56]

Milan's Suburban Line S10 (Milano Rogoredo–Milano Bovisa) has run to Malpensa Airport/Aeroporto since June 2010.[57] Trains call at: Ferno, Busto Arsizio, Castellanza, Rescaldina, Saronno, Milano Bovisa, Milano Lancetti, Milano Porta Garibaldi M2-M5, Milano Repubblica M3, Milano Porta Venezia M1, Milano Dateo and Milano Porta Vittoria. The service was terminated in October 2012.

Future train connections

The Malpensa – Varese – Mendrisio (CH) – Lugano (CH) line is currently under construction, 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, to allow more convenient access to high-speed international lines.



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 Busto Arsizio and by the State Road SS336dir from Magenta.


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External links[edit]

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