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Milan Malpensa Airport

Aeroporto di Milano Malpensa
"Città di Milano"
Malpensa Airport aerial view.jpg
Airport type Public
Operator SEA Aeroporti di Milano
Serves Milan, Italy
Location Ferno
Hub for
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 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 (2017)
Passengers 22,169,167
Passenger change 16-17 Increase 14.2%
Aircraft movements 178,953
Movements change 16-17 Increase 7.3%
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 region of Canton 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 2017, Malpensa Airport handled 22,169,167 passengers[3] and was the 26th 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

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

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)

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)

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

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 here. 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 busses and trains.

Terminal 1

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 some intercontinental flights.
  • Terminal 1C, opened in January 2013, handles non-Schengen and some intercontinental flights.

Terminal 2

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


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

Airlines Destinations
Aegean Airlines Athens
Seasonal: Kalamata
Aer Lingus Dublin
Aeroflot Moscow–Sheremetyevo
Aigle Azur Paris–Orly
Air Algérie Algiers
Seasonal: Annaba
Air Cairo Alexandria–Borg El Arab, Hurghada, Luxor, Marsa Alam, Sharm El Sheikh
Air Canada Toronto–Pearson
Air China Beijing–Capital, Shanghai–Pudong
Air Dolomiti Seasonal charter: Olbia[13]
Air Europa Madrid
Seasonal charter: Ibiza, Palma de Mallorca
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Air India Delhi
Air Italy Accra, Cagliari (resumes 31 March 2019),[14] Cairo, Catania, Chicago–O'Hare (begins 14 May 2018)[15], Dakar–Diass, Delhi, Lagos, Lamezia Terme, Los Angeles (begins 3 April 2019),[16] Miami, Mumbai, Naples, New York–JFK, Olbia, Palermo, Rome–Fiumicino, San Francisco (begins 10 April 2019),[17] Sharm El Sheikh, Toronto–Pearson (begins 6 May 2019)[18]
Seasonal: Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi
Air Horizont Seasonal charter: Brindisi,[19] Kalamata,[20] Kos,[21] Lamezia Terme,[22] Olbia,[13] Palermo,[23] Pantelleria[24]
Air Moldova Chișinău
Air Nostrum Seasonal charter: Menorca[25]
Air Serbia Belgrade
airBaltic Riga
AlbaStar Seasonal: Catania, Lourdes, Palma de Mallorca
Seasonal charter [26] : Bodø, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Heraklion, Ibiza, Karpathos, Kos, Lanzarote, Marsa Alam, Menorca, Patras, Rhodes, Rovaniemi, Samos, Sharm El Sheikh, Tenerife South, Thessaloniki, Tromsø (begins 23 February 2019)[27]
Alitalia New York–JFK, Rome–Fiumicino, Tokyo–Narita
Seasonal: Malé
Seasonal charter: Hamburg,[28] Pointe-à-Pitre[28]
AlMasria Universal Airlines Seasonal charter: Sharm El Sheikh[29]
American Airlines Miami, New York–JFK
Austrian Airlines Vienna
Azerbaijan Airlines Baku
Belavia Minsk
Blue Panorama Airlines Cancún, Havana, Tirana
Seasonal: Antigua, Heraklion, Holguín, Kos (resumes 7 June 2019),[30] Lampedusa, Mombasa, Olbia (begins 14 June 2019),[31] Rhodes, Santo Domingo–Las Américas, Skiathos (begins 7 June 2019),[30] Zakynthos (begins 6 June 2019),[32] Zanzibar
Seasonal charter: Dubai–Al Maktoum,[33] Fort-de-France [34] Fuerteventura,[35] Lanzarote,[36] Marsa Alam,[37] Sharm El Sheikh[37]
British Airways London–Heathrow
Brussels Airlines Brussels
Bulgaria Air Sofia
Cathay Pacific Hong Kong
Croatia Airlines Seasonal: Zagreb
Czech Airlines Prague
Delta Air Lines New York–JFK
Seasonal: Atlanta
easyJet Amsterdam, Barcelona, Bari, Berlin–Schönefeld, Berlin–Tegel, Bordeaux, Brindisi, Cagliari, Catania, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Faro, 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, Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion, Tenerife South, Toulouse
Seasonal: Alghero, Alicante, Athens, Bilbao, Corfu, Dubrovnik, Fuerteventura, Heraklion, Hurghada, Ibiza, Kephalonia, Kos, Malta, Menorca, Mykonos, Pula, Rhodes, Santiago de Compostela, Santorini, Split, Zadar, Zakynthos
EgyptAir Cairo
El Al Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion
Emirates Dubai–International, New York–JFK
Ernest Airlines Kharkiv (begins 21 March 2019),[38] Kyiv–Zhuliany, Lviv (ends 19 January 2019),[39] Tirana
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi
Eurowings Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Stuttgart
Finnair Helsinki
Flybe Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester
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
Laudamotion Berlin–Tegel (ends 30 March 2019)[40]
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw–Chopin
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich
Luxair Luxembourg
Mahan Air Tehran–Imam Khomeini
Middle East Airlines Beirut
Neos Boa Vista, Cancún, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Havana, Holguín, La Romana, Malé, Marsa Alam, Montego Bay, Nanjing, Sal, Sharm El Sheikh, Tenerife–South, Varadero
Seasonal: Brindisi, Cagliari, Catania, Cayo Largo, Chania (resumes 12 June 2019),[41] Corfu (resumes 3 June 2019),[41] El Alamein (begins 21 May 2019),[41][42] Freeport, Heraklion, Ibiza, Karpathos, Kos, Lamezia Terme, Lanzarote, Larnaca (resumes 7 June 2019),[41] Luxor (begins 14 March 2019),[41] Málaga, Marsa Matruh, Menorca, Mombasa, Mykonos, Nosy Be, Olbia, Palermo, Palma de Mallorca, Phu Quoc, Rhodes, Rovaniemi, Salalah, Samos (resumes 1 June 2019),[41] Santorini, Skiathos, Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion, Thessaloniki, Yangon, Zanzibar
Seasonal charter: Abu Dhabi,[43] Bergen,[44] Dubai–Al Maktoum, Guiyang,[45] Mumbai,[46] Pointe-à-Pitre,[47] Rostock,[47] Stockholm–Arlanda[44]
Norwegian Air Shuttle Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm–Arlanda
Oman Air Muscat
Orange2Fly Seasonal charter: Sharm El Sheikh[48]
Pakistan International Airlines Islamabad, Lahore
Qatar Airways Doha
Rossiya Airlines Saint Petersburg
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca
Seasonal: Beni Mellal
Ryanair Alicante, Berlin–Tegel (begins 1 April 2019),[40] Brussels, Bucharest, Catania, Comiso, Gran Canaria, Katowice, Kaunas, Lamezia Terme, Liverpool, London–Stansted, Madrid (begins 1 April 2019),[49] Palermo, Porto, Seville, Sofia (ends 31 March 2019),[50] Tenerife–South, Valencia
Seasonal: Almeria (begins 2 April 2019),[51] Heraklion (begins 3 June 2019)[50]
Saudia Jeddah, Riyadh
Seasonal: Medina
Scandinavian Airlines Copenhagen, Oslo–Gardermoen
Seasonal: Stockholm–Arlanda
Singapore Airlines Singapore
Swiss International Air Lines Zürich
TAP Air Portugal Lisbon, Porto
Thai Airways Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi
TUI fly Belgium Seasonal: Casablanca
Tunisair Tunis
Seasonal: Djerba, Monastir
Turkish Airlines Istanbul–Atatürk (ends 2 March 2019),[52] Istanbul–Havalimanı (begins 3 March 2019),[53] Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen
Twin Jet Marseille
Seasonal: Nice
Ukraine International Airlines Kyiv–Boryspil
United Airlines Newark
Utair Moscow–Vnukovo
Uzbekistan Airways Tashkent
Seasonal: Urgench
Vueling Amsterdam, Barcelona, Bilbao, Paris–Orly
Seasonal: Alicante, Ibiza
Wizz Air Budapest, Debrecen, Kutaisi, Ohrid (begins 18 March 2019),[54] Podgorica, Skopje, Vienna (begins 22 February 2019),[55] Vilnius
WOW air Reykjavík–Keflavík


Airlines Destinations
AeroLogic Hong Kong, Leipzig/Halle
AirBridgeCargo Airlines Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Maastricht/Aachen, Moscow–Domodedovo, Moscow–Sheremetyevo
Asiana Cargo London–Stansted, Seoul–Incheon, Vienna
Atlas Air Amsterdam, San Juan
Cargolux Campinas–Viracopos, Chicago–O'Hare, 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 Bucharest, East Midlands, Leipzig/Halle, London–Heathrow, London–Luton, London–Stansted, Madrid
EgyptAir Cargo Cairo
Emirates SkyCargo Dubai–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–Ben Gurion, Vienna, Zaragoza
Lufthansa Cargo Cairo, Frankfurt
Nippon Cargo Airlines Amsterdam, Hahn, Tokyo–Narita
Qatar Airways Cargo Chicago–O'Hare,[56] Doha, London–Stansted, Tripoli–International
Royal Air Maroc Brussels, Casablanca
Saudia Cargo Brussels, Damman, Jeddah, Riyadh
Silk Way Airlines Baku[57]
Swiftair East Midlands[58]
Turkish Airlines Cargo Algiers, Istanbul–Atatürk[59]


Busiest routes

Busiest domestic routes to/from Milan Malpensa (2017)[60]
Rank Rank
(prev. year)
Airport Passengers % var.
(prev. year)
1 Steady Sicily Catania, Sicily Increase 951,031 Increase 93.30 Air Italy, easyJet, Neos Air, Ryanair
2 Increase 1 Sicily Palermo, Sicily Increase 370,939 Increase 17.39 Air Italy, easyJet, Ryanair
3 Decrease 1 Campania Naples, Campania Increase 355,582 Increase 1.60 Air Italy, easyJet
4 Increase 1 Sardinia Olbia, Sardinia Increase 314,193 Increase 12.43 Air Italy, easyJet, Neos Air
5 Increase 1 Calabria Lamezia Terme, Calabria Increase 309,080 Increase 17.46 Air Italy, easyJet, Neos Air, Ryanair
6 Increase 1 Apulia Bari, Apulia Increase 208,341 Increase 6.49 easyJet
7 Increase 1 Apulia Brindisi, Apulia Increase 179,551 Increase 17.29 easyJet, Neos Air
8 Increase 1 Sardinia Cagliari, Sardinia Increase 178,982 Increase 31.29 easyJet, Neos Air
9 Increase 1 Sicily Comiso, Sicily Decrease 120,883 Decrease 3.57 Ryanair
Busiest routes between Milan Malpensa and destinations within the European Union (2017) [60]
Rank Rank
(prev. year)
Airport Passengers % var.
(prev. year)
1 Increase 3 France Paris–Charles de Gaulle, France Increase 789,798 Increase 44.09 Air France, easyJet
2 Decrease 1 Spain Barcelona, Spain Increase 759,243 Increase 10.66 easyJet, Vueling
3 Increase 2 Netherlands Amsterdam, Netherlands Increase 744,949 Increase 60.81 easyJet, KLM, Vueling
4 Decrease 2 Spain Madrid, Spain Increase 602,492 Increase 0.09 Air Europa, easyJet, Iberia
5 Decrease 2 United Kingdom London–Gatwick, United Kingdom Increase 569,331 Increase 2.73 easyJet
6 Increase 1 Portugal Lisbon, Portugal Increase 442,911 Increase 12.91 easyJet, TAP Portugal
7 Decrease 1 Germany Munich, Germany Decrease 415,153 Decrease 1.81 AirDolomiti, Easyjet, Lufthansa
8 Increase 4 Belgium Brussels, Belgium Increase 367,272 Increase 37.04 Brussels Airlines, Ryanair
9 Decrease 1 Denmark Copenhagen, Denmark Decrease 357,009 Decrease 0.70 easyJet, Scandinavian Airlines
10 Decrease 1 Germany Frankfurt am Main, Germany Increase 337,590 Increase 6.70 Lufthansa
11 Increase 6 Austria Vienna, Austria Increase 301,359 Increase 46.36 Austrian Airlines, easyJet
12 Decrease 1 Czech Republic Prague, Czech Republic Increase 295,957 Increase 5.84 Czech Airlines, easyJet
13 Decrease 3 Greece Athens, Greece Decrease 275,259 Decrease 2.00 Aegean Airlines, easyJet
14 Decrease 1 United Kingdom London–Heathrow, United Kingdom Increase 244,945 Increase 3.77 British Airways
15 Steady Spain Ibiza, Spain Increase 223,590 Increase 4.79 easyJet, Iberia, Neos Air, Vueling
16 Decrease 2 United Kingdom London–Stansted, United Kingdom Decrease 223,266 Decrease 4.84 Ryanair
17 Decrease 1 Hungary Budapest, Hungary Increase 223,131 Increase 5.44 Wizz Air
18 Increase 4 Germany Düsseldof, Germany Increase 190,029 Increase 27.21 Eurowings
19 Steady Germany Berlin–Schönefeld, Germany Increase 185,510 Increase 8.45 easyJet
20 Steady Finland Helsinki, Finland Increase 182,659 Increase 7.98 Finnair
21 Decrease 3 Germany Hamburg, Germany Decrease 173,858 Decrease 9.04 Eurowings
22 Increase 4 United Kingdom Manchester, United Kingdom Increase 172,259 Increase 25.69 easyJet, FlyBe
23 Increase 1 United Kingdom London–Luton, England Increase 165,597 Increase 14.22 easyJet
24 Increase 5 France Paris–Orly, France Increase 161,437 Increase 46.11 Vueling
25 Decrease 4 United Kingdom Edinburgh, Scotland Decrease 157,693 Decrease 0.11 easyJet
26 Decrease 1 Germany Stuttgart, Germany Increase 155,696 Increase 11.48 easyJet, Eurowings
27 Decrease 4 Spain Málaga, Spain Increase 154,782 Increase 4.16 easyJet, Neos Air
28 Decrease 1 Luxembourg Luxembourg, Luxembourg Increase 151,994 Increase 17.12 easyJet, Luxair
29 Decrease 1 Poland Warsaw, Poland Increase 132,063 Increase 8.82 LOT Polish Airlines
30 Increase 9 Bulgaria Sofia, Bulgaria Increase 123,974 Increase 85.02 Bulgaria Air, Ryanair
31 Increase 1 Spain Palma de Mallorca, Spain Increase 114,185 Increase 12.38 easyJet, Neos Air
32 Decrease 2 Romania Bucharest, Romania Increase 114,185 Increase 6.03 Ryanair
33 Steady Germany Cologne, Germany Increase 108,182 Increase 14.13 Eurowings
34 Steady new Sweden Stockholm–Arlanda, Sweden Steady 103,038 Steady easyJet, Norwegian Air Shuttle
35 Decrease 1 Greece Mykonos, Greece Increase 97,184 Increase 8.45 easyJet, Neos
36 Steady Spain Menorca, Spain Increase 87,604 Increase 8.08 easyJet, Neos
37 Decrease 6 United Kingdom Birmingham, United Kingdom Decrease 85,304 Decrease 18.34 FlyBe
38 Steady new Portugal Oporto, Portugal Steady 82,437 Steady Ryanair, TAP Portugal
39 Steady new France Nantes, France Steady 80,812 Steady HOP!
40 Decrease 5 Spain Tenerife, Spain Decrease 79,816 Decrease 1.54 easyJet, Neos
41 Decrease 3 France Bordeaux, France Increase 72,104 Increase 3.64 easyJet
42 Steady new Spain Fuerteventura, Spain Steady 72,104 Steady Air Italy, easyJet, Neos Air
43 Steady Latvia Riga, Latvia Increase 62,667 Increase 24.44 airBaltic
44 Decrease 4 Republic of Ireland Dublin, Ireland Increase 62,640 Increase 7.14 Aer Lingus
45 Decrease 8 Greece Heraklion, Greece Decrease 58,278 Decrease 21.12 Blue Panorama Airlines, easyJet, Neos Air
46 Decrease 4 Spain Seville, Spain Increase 54,538 Increase 5.07 Ryanair
47 Decrease 6 France Lyon, France Increase 54,087 Increase 1.80 HOP!
48 Steady new France Toulouse, France Steady 53,832 Steady easyJet
49 Steady new Greece Rhodes, Greece Steady 52,085 Steady Blue Panorama Airlines, easyJet, Neos Air
50 Steady new Spain Lanzarote, Spain Steady 51,885 Steady easyJet, Neos Air
Busiest routes between Milan Malpensa and destinations outside the European Union (2017)[60]
Rank Rank
(prev. year)
City Passengers % var.
(prev. year)
1 Steady United States New York–JFK, New York, United States Decrease 686,891 Decrease 0.45 Air Italy, Alitalia, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Emirates
2 Steady United Arab Emirates Dubai-International, United Arab Emirates Increase 660,807 Increase 12.46 Emirates
3 Increase 1 Turkey Istanbul–Atatürk, Turkey Increase 392,078 Increase 14.36 Turkish Airlines
4 Decrease 1 Russia Moscow–Sheremetyevo, Russia Increase 373,473 Increase 8.77 Aeroflot
5 Steady Qatar Doha, Qatar Increase 315,078 Increase 0.51 Qatar Airways
6 Increase 1 Israel Tel Aviv, Israel Increase 277,830 Increase 12.30 easyJet, El Al
7 Increase 1 Albania Tirana, Albania Increase 266,938 Increase 27.41 Blue Panorama Airlines, Ernest Airlines
8 Decrease 2 United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Decrease 220,537 Decrease 15.40 Alitalia, Etihad Airways
9 Steady Switzerland Zürich, Switzerland Increase 216,711 Increase 3.55 Swiss International Air Lines
10 Increase 1 Egypt Cairo, Egypt Increase 207,253 Increase 27.26 Air Italy, Egypt Air
11 Decrease 1 Hong Kong Hong Kong, SAR Increase 175,862 Increase 3.12 Cathay Pacific
12 Increase 20 Brazil São Paulo, Brazil Increase 159,268 Increase 165.16 LATAM Brasil
13 Steady Oman Muscat, Oman Increase 151,415 Increase 10.01 Oman Air
14 Increase 1 China Shanghai, China Increase 143,179 Increase 10.39 Air China
15 Increase 1 Morocco Casablanca, Morocco Increase 132,728 Increase 4.00 Royal Air Maroc, Jetairfly
16 Decrease 4 United States Newark, New Jersey, United States Decrease 131,803 Decrease 12.73 United Airlines
17 Increase 2 United States Miami, Florida, United States Increase 128,719 Increase 15.36 Air Italy, American Airlines
18 Decrease 4 Japan Tokyo, Japan Decrease 128,117 Decrease 3.76 Alitalia
19 Increase 7 Norway Oslo, Norway Increase 115,007 Increase 30.06 Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian Airlines
20 Increase 1 Tunisia Tunis, Tunisia Increase 111,071 Increase 6.45 Tunisair
21 Decrease 3 Ukraine Kiev, Ukraine Decrease 107,755 Decrease 11.22 Ukraine International Airlines
22 Increase 2 China Beijing, China Increase 103,258 Increase 6.87 Air China
23 Decrease 1 Singapore Singapore, Singapore Decrease 100,953 Decrease 2.37 Singapore Airlines
24 Increase 1 Thailand Bangkok, Thailand Increase 99,367 Increase 5.10 Air Italy, Thai Airways International
25 Decrease 2 Cuba Havana, Cuba Decrease 97,956 Decrease 0.66 Air Italy, Blue Panorama Airlines, Neos
26 Increase 2 Russia Saint Petersburg, Russia Increase 88,838 Increase 8.14 Rossiya Airlines
27 Increase 2 India Delhi, India Increase 83,138 Increase 19.26 Air India
28 Decrease 1 Morocco Marrakesh, Morocco Decrease 82,865 Decrease 5.67 easyJet
29 Decrease 9 Turkey Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen, Turkey Decrease 69,078 Decrease 36.27 Turkish Airlines
30 Steady South Korea Seoul, South Korea Decrease 66,794 Decrease 2.48 Korean Air
31 Steady Serbia Belgrade, Serbia Increase 66,648 Increase 4.62 Air Serbia
32 Increase 2 Iran Tehran, Iran Increase 62,055 Increase 18.47 Iran Air, Mahan Air
33 Increase 2 Canada Toronto, Canada Increase 59,847 Increase 17.80 Air Canada
34 Steady new Moldova Chisinau, Moldova Steady 57,870 Steady Air Italy, Air Moldova
35 Steady new Egypt Marsa Alam, Egypt Steady 57,455 Steady Air Cairo, Air Italy, Neos Air

Movements by country

European countries with passenger movements
from/to Milan Malpensa Airport (2017)
Rank Rank
(prev. year)
Country Passengers 2017
1 Steady  Spain Increase 2,391,661
2 Steady  UK Increase 1,727,638
3 Steady  Germany Increase 1,612,567
4 Steady  France Increase 1,257,960
6 Decrease 1  Greece Increase 643,792
5 Increase 1  Netherlands Increase 744,949
7 Steady  Portugal Increase 536,018
9 Decrease 1  Denmark Decrease 357,419
12 Increase 1  Czech Republic Increase 295,957
8 Increase 2  Belgium Increase 367,272
11 Increase 1  Hungary Increase 223,285
10 Increase 2  Austria Increase 301,634
13 Steady  Finland Increase 186,618
14 Steady  Poland Increase 181,641
15 Steady  Luxembourg Increase 151,994
16 Steady  Romania Increase 143,802
17 Steady  Bulgaria Increase 123,974
19 Decrease 2  Ireland Increase 62,640
20 Increase 1  Latvia Increase 62,667
21 Decrease 1  Cyprus Increase 33,765
22 Decrease 1  Estonia Increase 30,334
18 Increase 4  Sweden Increase 103,203
23 Steady  Malta Increase 8,912
24 Steady  Slovak Republic Steady 186

General statistics

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
January–November 2018 178,828 Increase8.3 22,834,070 Increase11.3 524,384.8 Decrease2.9
Evolution of the number of passengers since 2000 (million of people)[61]

Airline Operators Committee (AOC MXP)

The official association (AOC) consisting of airline station managers/representatives and service providers at Malpensa airport who are representing the interests of their respective companies and customers is active in the airport. The mission is to promote a cooperative and transparent relationship with our airport partners while maintaining focus on safety, customer experience and cost. The responsibilities of AOC cover: airport facilitation, emergency procedures, baggage working group and cargo working group. AOC also provides a great opportunity for airline managers to regularly meet together and with airport partners for a successful cooperation, discussion of current problems and development of joint solutions to optimize cooperation.

Transport links


Connection between the rail station and Terminal 1

Malpensa Express

Malpensa Express trains run from Terminal 2 and Terminal 1 stations, to Milan Cadorna station in 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 Ferrovie Nord Milano, Saronno (connections for Varese and Como) and Milan Bovisa (connection with suburban services).[62]

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, with stopping services also calling at Busto Arsizio FNM station.[63]

Other train services

TiLo operate services to Bellinzona in Switzerland.[64]

Milan's Suburban Line S10 (Milano Rogoredo–Milano Bovisa) has run to Malpensa Airport/Aeroporto since June 2010.[65] 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

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

  • Milan–Malpensa Airport – Official website
  • Orari Malpensa Express - Orari Malpensa Express
  • SEA SpA – Official website
  • Malpensa Airport AOC & USERS Committees MXP Milan
  • Accident history for MXP at Aviation Safety Network
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