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Milan Malpensa Airport

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 (Terminal 1 and Terminal 2) and two runways as well as a dedicated cargo terminal.

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]

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 yearsEdit

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 IIEdit

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 [it] (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: Società 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 Società 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: 2010sEdit

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 1Edit

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 2Edit

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 destinationsEdit


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, Mombasa, Olbia, San Francisco, Tenerife–South, Toronto–Pearson, Zanzibar
Seasonal charter: Fort-de-France (resumes 7 December 2019)[14], Fortaleza (resumes 19 December 2019)[15] Natal (resumes 19 December 2019)[16]
Air Horizont Seasonal charter: Brindisi,[17] Lamezia Terme,[18] Olbia, Pantelleria[19]
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)[20]
Seasonal charter: El Alamein, Enfidha, Heraklion, Ibiza, Kalamata, Karpathos, Kos, Menorca, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes, Sharm El Sheikh[20][21]
Alitalia New York–JFK, Rome–Fiumicino, Tokyo–Narita
Seasonal: Malé
Seasonal charter: Hamburg,[22] Pointe-à-Pitre[22]
All Nippon Airways Tokyo–Haneda (begins 29 March 2020)[23]
AlMasria Universal Airlines Seasonal charter: Sharm El Sheikh[24]
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,[25] Lanzarote,[26] Marsa Alam,[27] Sharm El Sheikh[27]
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, 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, Tel Aviv, Tenerife–South, Tirana, Toulouse
Seasonal: Alghero, Alicante, Aqaba, Athens, Bilbao, Corfu, Dubrovnik, Heraklion, Hurghada, Ibiza, Kephalonia, Kos, Malta, Marsa Alam, Menorca, Mykonos, Pula, Rhodes, Santorini, Split, Zadar, Zakynthos
EgyptAir Cairo
El Al Tel Aviv
Emirates Dubai–International, New York–JFK
Ernest Airlines Kharkiv, Kyiv–Zhuliany, Tirana
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi
Eurowings Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Stuttgart
EVA Air Taipei–Taoyuan (begins 19 February 2020)[28]
Finnair Helsinki
Flybe Seasonal: Birmingham,[29] Manchester (ends 22 February 2020)[30]
Freebird Airlines Seasonal charter: Bodrum[31]
Gulf Air Bahrain (resumes 1 July 2020)[32]
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)[33]
Level Amsterdam
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw–Chopin
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich
Luxair Luxembourg
Mahan Air Tehran–Imam Khomeini (ends 15 December 2019)[34]
Middle East Airlines Beirut
Neos[35] Boa Vista, Cancún, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Guiyang, Havana, Holguín, La Romana, Luxor, Malé, Marsa Alam, Mombasa, Montego Bay, Nanchang, Nanjing, Sal, Sharm El Sheikh, Tenerife–South, Varadero
Seasonal: Amman–Queen Alia (resumes 9 April 2020),[35] Brindisi, Cagliari, Catania, Cayo Largo, Chania, Corfu, Heraklion, Hurghada, Ibiza, Karpathos, Kos, Lamezia Terme, Lampedusa, Lanzarote, Larnaca, 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: Hamburg,[36] Pointe-à-Pitre,[37] Rostock,[37] Santa Clara,[38] Stockholm–Arlanda[39]
Nesma Airlines Seasonal charter: Sharm El Sheikh[12]
Norwegian Air Shuttle Oslo–Gardermoen
Nouvelair Seasonal charter: Djerba[40]
Oman Air Muscat
Pakistan International Airlines Lahore, Sialkot
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, Palermo, Porto, Seville, Tenerife–South (ends 3 January 2020),[41] Valencia
Seasonal: Alghero (begins 31 March 2020),[42] Almeria, Heraklion, Kalamata (begins 30 March 2020),[43] Liverpool, Palma de Mallorca
S7 Airlines Moscow–Domodedovo (resumes 25 December 2019)[44]
Saudia Jeddah, Riyadh
Seasonal: Medina
Scandinavian Airlines Copenhagen, Oslo–Gardermoen
Seasonal: Bergen, Stavanger, Stockholm–Arlanda
Singapore Airlines Singapore
SunExpress Seasonal: İzmir (resumes 4 June 2020)[45]
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 Kyiv–Boryspil
United Airlines Newark
Utair Moscow–Vnukovo
Uzbekistan Airways Seasonal: Tashkent, Urgench
Vueling Barcelona, Bilbao, Paris–Orly
Seasonal: Alicante, Ibiza
Wizz Air Budapest, Debrecen, Kraków (begins 1 July 2020),[46] Kutaisi, Ohrid, Podgorica, Skopje, Vienna, Vilnius


The following airlines operate regular cargo services to and from Malpensa:[47]

AeroLogic Hong Kong, Leipzig/Halle
AirBridgeCargo 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, Vilnius
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, Tokyo–Narita
Qatar Airways CargoChicago–O'Hare, Doha, London–Stansted, Tripoli–International
Royal Air Maroc Brussels, Casablanca
Saudia Cargo Brussels, Damman, Jeddah, Riyadh
Silk Way Airlines Baku
Swiftair East Midlands
Turkish Cargo Algiers, Istanbul–Atatürk


Busiest routesEdit

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

Movements by countryEdit

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

General statisticsEdit

Years Movements % variation Passengers % variation Cargo (tons) % variation
2000 249,107  13.3 20,716,815  22.1 301,045  4.6
2001 236,409  5.1 18,570,494  10.4 323,707  7.5
2002 214,886  9.1 17,441,250  6.1 328,241  1.4
2003 213,554  0.6 17,621,585  1 362,587  10.5
2004 218,048  2.1 18,554,874  5.3 361,237  13.1
2005 227,718  4.4 19,630,514  5.8 384,752  6.5
2006 247,456  8.7 21,767,267  10.9 419,128  8,9
2007 267,941  8.3 23,885,391  9.7 486,666  16.1
2008 218,476  18.5 19,221,632  19.5 415,952  14.5
2009 187,551  14.2 17,551,635  8.7 344,047  17.3
2010 193,771  3.3 18,947,808  8 432,674  25.8
2011 190,838  1.5 19,303,131  1.8 450,446  4.1
2012 174,892  8.4 18,537,301  4 414,317  8
2013 164,745  5.8 17,955,075  3.1 430,343  3.9
2014 166,749  1.2 18,853,203  5 469,657  9.1
2015 160,484  3.8 18,582,043  1.4 511,191  8.8
2016 166,842  4 19,420,690  4.5 548,767  7.4
2017 178,953  7.3 22,169,167  14.2 589,719  7.5
2018 194,515  8.7 24,725,490  11.5 572,774.8  2.9
January–October 2019 201,050  23.1 24,812,838  18.1 457,009.5  3.9
Evolution of the number of passengers since 2000 (million of people)[49]

Transport linksEdit


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.[50]

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.[51]

Milan's Suburban Line S10 (Milano Rogoredo–Milano Bovisa) has run to Malpensa Airport/Aeroporto since June 2010.[52] 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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