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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), formerly City of Busto Arsizio Airport,[4][5] 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[6] 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. 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 first busiest for freight and cargo. It handles 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 making it an industrial fulcrum for post-war recovery of Italy. The main runway, heavily damaged by German troops as they retreated from northern Italy, was rebuilt and extended to 1,800 metres. A small wooden terminal was constructed to protect goods and passengers from all weather conditions.

After World War II

Malpensa Airport officially commenced commercial operations on 21 November 1948 as Aeroporto Città di Busto Arsizio, although the Belgian national flag-carrier Sabena had started flying to Brussels from here a year earlier. On 2 February 1950 Trans World Airlines (TWA) became the first company to fly long-haul flights from Malpensa, using Lockheed Constellations on their services to New York Idlewild Airport.

A change of ownership occurred in 1952 when the Municipality of Milan took control of the airport's operator, the Società Aeroporto di Busto Arsizio. The operator's name was subsequently changed to Società Esercizi Aeroportuali SpA (SEA). After assuming full control, SEA decided to develop Malpensa as an international and intercontinental gateway, whereas Milan's other airport, Linate Airport, would be tasked with handling domestic services only.

Between 1958 and 1962 a new terminal arrived at Malpensa and the airport's two parallel runways were extended to 3,915 m (12,844 ft), becoming the longest in Europe at that time. By the early 1960s, however, major European carriers such as British Airways, Air France, Lufthansa and Alitalia had moved the majority of their services to Linate Airport, which was just 11 km east of Milan's city centre, making it much easier for passengers to reach central Milan. This left Malpensa with just a handful of intercontinental links, charter flights and cargo operations. Malpensa suffered a decline in commercial traffic, with passenger numbers dropping from 525,000 in 1960 to just 331,000 by 1965. It was destined to play second fiddle to Linate Airport for another 20 years.

Expansion and development (1995-1998)

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

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


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

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

Terminal 1

Terminal 1, which opened in 1998, is the newer,[11] larger and more prominent terminal. The terminal is divided into three sections and handles most passengers on scheduled as well as charter flights:

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

Terminal 2

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

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 a free shuttle service to connect Terminal 2 to Terminal 1.[12] A new railway station at Terminal 2 was opened in December 2016.[13]

Airlines and destinations


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

Airlines Destinations
Aegean Airlines Athens
Seasonal: Kalamata
Aer Lingus Dublin
Aeroflot Moscow–Sheremetyevo, Saint Petersburg
Aigle Azur Paris–Orly (begins 14 September 2018)[15]
Air Algérie Algiers
Seasonal: Annaba
Air Cairo Alexandria-Borg El Arab, Marsa Alam, Sharm El Sheikh
Air Canada Toronto–Pearson
Air China Beijing–Capital, Shanghai–Pudong
Air Europa Madrid
Seasonal charter: Ibiza, Palma de Mallorca
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Air India Delhi
Air Italy Accra, Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi (begins 9 September 2018),[16] Cairo, Catania (resumes 2 July 2018),[17] Dakar–Diass, Havana, Lagos, Lamezia Terme (resumes 1 September 2018),[18], Moscow–Domodedovo, Mumbai (begins 30 October 2018),[19] Naples, New York–JFK (begins 1 June 2018),[20] Olbia, Palermo, Rome–Fiumicino, Sharm el-Sheikh
Seasonal: Miami (begins 8 June 2018),[20] Mombasa, Zanzibar[21]
Seasonal charter: Fort-de-France,[22] Shenzhen
Air Moldova Chișinău
Air Serbia Belgrade
airBaltic Riga
AlbaStar Seasonal: Catania, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Lourdes, Palma de Mallorca,
Seasonal charter: Bodø (begins 17 June 2018),[22] Heraklion, Ibiza, Karpathos, Kos, Marsa Alam, Minorca, Patras, Rhodes, Rovaniemi, Samos, Sharm El Sheikh, Tenerife South, Thessaloniki
Alitalia New York–JFK, Rome–Fiumicino, Tokyo–Narita
Seasonal: Malé (begins 1 November 2018)[23]
Seasonal charter: Hamburg, Pointe-à-Pitre, Stockholm–Arlanda
American Airlines Miami, New York–JFK
Austrian Airlines Vienna
Azerbaijan Airlines Baku
Belavia Minsk
Blue Panorama Airlines Cancún, Havana, Montego Bay, Tirana
Seasonal: Antigua, Cayo Coco, Cayo Largo, Heraklion (resumes 2 June 2018),[24] Holguín, Lampedusa (resumes 2 June 2018),[24] La Romana, Mombasa, Preveza (begins 19 July 2018),[25] Rhodes (resumes 2 June 2018),[24] Zanzibar
BMI Regional Bristol
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 Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Bari, Berlin–Schönefeld, Berlin–Tegel, Bordeaux, Brindisi, Cagliari, Catania, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Faro (begins 1 June 2018),[26] Granada, Kraków, Lamezia Terme, Lanzarote, Larnaca, Lisbon, London–Gatwick, London–Luton, Lublin, Luxembourg, Madrid, Málaga, Manchester, Marrakech, Munich, Nantes, Naples, Olbia, Palermo, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Prague, Santiago de Compostela, Stockholm–Arlanda, Stuttgart, Tallinn, Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion, Tenerife South, Toulouse, Vienna (begins 31 May 2018)[27]
Seasonal: Alghero, Alicante, Bilbao, Cephalonia, Corfu, Dubrovnik, Fuerteventura, Glasgow, Heraklion, Ibiza, Kos, Malta, Minorca, Mykonos, Palma de Mallorca, Pula (begins 25 June 2018),[28] Rhodes, Santorini, Split, Zadar, Zakynthos
EgyptAir Cairo
El Al Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion
Ellinair Seasonal: Thessaloniki
Emirates Dubai–International, New York–JFK
Eritrean Airlines Asmara
Ernest Airlines Lviv (begins 22 June 2018),[22] Tirana
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi
Eurowings Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Stuttgart
Finnair Helsinki
Flybe Birmingham, Cardiff, London–Southend, Manchester
FlyOne Chișinău
HOP! Lyon, Nantes
Iberia Madrid
Icelandair Seasonal: Reykjavík–Keflavík
Iran Air Tehran–Imam Khomeini
KLM Amsterdam
Korean Air Seoul–Incheon
LATAM Brasil São Paulo–Guarulhos
Laudamotion Berlin–Tegel (begins 1 June 2018)[29] [30]
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw–Chopin
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich
Lufthansa Regional Munich
Luxair Luxembourg
Mahan Air Tehran–Imam Khomeini
Middle East Airlines Beirut
Neos Boa Vista, Cancún, Cayo Largo, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Havana, Holguín, La Romana, Malé, Marsa Alam, Mombasa, Montego Bay, Nanjing, Nosy Be, Sal, Sharm el-Sheikh, Tenerife South, Varadero
Seasonal: Brindisi, Cagliari, Catania, Freeport, Heraklion, Ibiza, Karpathos, Kos, Lamezia Terme, Lampedusa, Lanzarote, Mersa Matruh, Menorca, Mykonos, Olbia (resumes 26 May 2018),[31] Palermo (resumes 3 June 2018),[31] Palma de Mallorca, Phuket, Phu Quoc, Porto Santo, Rhodes, Rovaniemi, Salalah, Santorini, Skiathos, Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion, Thessaloniki, Zanzibar
Seasonal charter: Dubai–Al Maktoum, Pointe-à-Pitre[32][33]
Norwegian Air Shuttle Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm–Arlanda
Oman Air Muscat
Pakistan International Airlines Islamabad, Lahore
Qatar Airways Doha
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca
Ryanair Alicante, Brussels, Bucharest, Catania, Comiso, Gran Canaria, Katowice, Kaunas (begins 29 October 2018), Lamezia Terme, Liverpool, London–Stansted, Palermo, Porto, Seville, Sofia, Tenerife South (begins 28 October 2018),[34] Valencia
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, Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen
Twin Jet Marseille
Seasonal: Nice
Ukraine International Airlines Kiev–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 (resumes 15 December 2018),[35] Kutaisi, Podgorica, Skopje, Vienna (begins 22 February 2019),[36] Vilnius
WOW air Seasonal: 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, Ostend
Emirates SkyCargo Dubai–Al Maktoum
Ethiopian Airlines Cargo Addis Ababa
Etihad Cargo Abu Dhabi, Barbados, Bogotá, Moscow–Domodedovo, San Juan
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,[37] Doha, London–Stansted, Tripoli–International
Royal Air Maroc Brussels, Casablanca
Saudia Cargo Brussels, Damman, Jeddah, Riyadh
Silk Way Airlines Baku[38]
Swiftair East Midlands[39]
Turkish Airlines Cargo Algiers, Istanbul–Atatürk[40]


Busiest routes

Busiest domestic routes to/from Milan Malpensa (2017)[41]
Rank Rank
(prev. year)
Airport Passengers Airline(s)
1 Steady Sicily Catania, Sicily Increase 951,031 Air Italy, easyJet, Neos Air, Ryanair
2 Increase 1 Sicily Palermo, Sicily Increase 370,939 easyJet, Ryanair
3 Decrease 1 Campania Naples, Campania Increase 355,582 Air Italy, easyJet
4 Increase 1 Sardinia Olbia, Sardinia Increase 314,193 Air Italy, easyJet, Neos Air
5 Increase 1 Calabria Lamezia Terme, Calabria Increase 309,080 Air Italy, easyJet, Neos Air, Ryanair
6 Increase 1 Apulia Bari, Apulia Increase 208,341 easyJet
7 Increase 1 Apulia Brindisi, Apulia Increase 179,551 easyJet, Neos Air
8 Increase 1 Sardinia Cagliari, Sardinia Increase 178,982 easyJet, Neos Air
9 Increase 1 Sicily Comiso, Sicily Decrease 120,883 Ryanair
Busiest routes between Milan Malpensa and destinations within the European Union (2017) [41]
Rank Rank
(prev. year)
Airport Passengers Airline(s)
1 Increase 3 France Paris–Charles de Gaulle, France Increase 789,798 Air France, easyJet
2 Decrease 1 Spain Barcelona, Spain Increase 759,243 easyJet, Vueling
3 Increase 2 Netherlands Amsterdam, Netherlands Increase 744,949 easyJet, KLM, Vueling
4 Decrease 2 Spain Madrid, Spain Increase 602,492 Air Europa, easyJet, Iberia
5 Decrease 2 United Kingdom London–Gatwick, United Kingdom Increase 569,331 easyJet
6 Increase 1 Portugal Lisbon, Portugal Increase 442,911 easyJet, TAP Portugal
7 Decrease 1 Germany Munich, Germany Decrease 415,153 AirDolomiti, Easyjet, Lufthansa
8 Increase 4 Belgium Brussels, Belgium Increase 367,272 Brussels Airlines, Ryanair
9 Decrease 1 Denmark Copenhagen, Denmark Decrease 357,009 easyJet, Scandinavian Airlines
10 Decrease 1 Germany Frankfurt am Main, Germany Increase 337,590 Lufthansa
11 Increase 6 Austria Vienna, Austria Increase 301,359 Austrian Airlines, easyJet
12 Decrease 1 Czech Republic Prague, Czech Republic Increase 295,957 Czech Airlines, easyJet
13 Decrease 3 Greece Athens, Greece Decrease 275,259 Aegean Airlines, easyJet
14 Decrease 1 United Kingdom London–Heathrow, United Kingdom Increase 244,945 British Airways
15 Steady Spain Ibiza, Spain Increase 223,590 easyJet, Iberia, Neos Air, Vueling
16 Decrease 2 United Kingdom London–Stansted, United Kingdom Decrease 223,266 Ryanair
17 Decrease 1 Hungary Budapest, Hungary Increase 223,131 Wizz Air
18 Increase 4 Germany Düsseldof, Germany Increase 190,029 Eurowings
19 Steady Germany Berlin–Schönefeld, Germany Increase 185,510 easyJet
20 Steady Finland Helsinki, Finland Increase 182,659 Finnair
21 Decrease 3 Germany Hamburg, Germany Decrease 173,858 Eurowings
22 Increase 4 United Kingdom Manchester, United Kingdom Increase 172,259 easyJet, FlyBe
23 Increase 1 United Kingdom London–Luton, England Increase 165,597 easyJet
24 Increase 5 France Paris–Orly, France Increase 161,437 Vueling
25 Decrease 4 United Kingdom Edinburgh, Scotland Decrease 157,693 easyJet
26 Decrease 1 Germany Stuttgart, Germany Increase 155,696 easyJet, Eurowings
27 Decrease 4 Spain Málaga, Spain Increase 154,782 easyJet, Neos Air
28 Decrease 1 Luxembourg Luxembourg, Luxembourg Increase 151,994 easyJet, Luxair
29 Decrease 1 Poland Warsaw, Poland Increase 132,063 LOT Polish Airlines
30 Increase 9 Bulgaria Sofia, Bulgaria Increase 123,974 Bulgaria Air, Ryanair
31 Increase 1 Spain Palma de Mallorca, Spain Increase 114,185 easyJet, Neos Air
32 Decrease 2 Romania Bucharest, Romania Increase 114,185 Ryanair
33 Steady Germany Cologne, Germany Increase 108,182 Eurowings
34 Steady new Sweden Stockholm–Arlanda, Sweden Steady 103,038 easyJet, Norwegian Air Shuttle
35 Decrease 1 Greece Mykonos, Greece Increase 97,184 easyJet, Neos
36 Steady Spain Menorca, Spain Increase 87,604 easyJet, Neos
37 Decrease 6 United Kingdom Birmingham, United Kingdom Decrease 85,304 FlyBe
38 Steady new Portugal Oporto, Portugal Steady 82,437 Ryanair, TAP Portugal
39 Steady new France Nantes, France Steady 80,812 HOP!
40 Decrease 5 Spain Tenerife, Spain Decrease 79,816 easyJet, Neos
41 Decrease 3 France Bordeaux, France Increase 72,104 easyJet
42 Steady new Spain Fuerteventura, Spain Steady 72,104 Air Italy, easyJet, Neos Air
43 Steady Latvia Riga, Latvia Increase 62,667 airBaltic
44 Decrease 4 Republic of Ireland Dublin, Ireland Increase 62,640 Aer Lingus
45 Decrease 8 Greece Heraklion, Greece Decrease 58,278 Blue Panorama Airlines, easyJet, Neos Air
46 Decrease 4 Spain Seville, Spain Increase 54,538 Ryanair
47 Decrease 6 France Lyon, France Increase 54,087 HOP!
48 Steady new France Toulouse, France Steady 53,832 easyJet
49 Steady new Greece Rhodes, Greece Steady 52,085 Blue Panorama Airlines, easyJet, Neos Air
50 Steady new Spain Lanzarote, Spain Steady 51,885 easyJet, Neos Air
Busiest routes between Milan Malpensa and destinations outside the European Union (2017)[41]
Rank Rank
(prev. year)
City Passengers Airline(s)
1 Steady United States New York–JFK, New York, United States Decrease 686,891 Air Italy, Alitalia, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Emirates
2 Steady United Arab Emirates Dubai-International, United Arab Emirates Increase 660,807 Emirates
3 Increase 1 Turkey Istanbul–Atatürk, Turkey Increase 392,078 Turkish Airlines
4 Decrease 1 Russia Moscow–Sheremetyevo, Russia Increase 373,473 Aeroflot
5 Steady Qatar Doha, Qatar Increase 315,078 Qatar Airways
6 Increase 1 Israel Tel Aviv, Israel Increase 277,830 easyJet, El Al
7 Increase 1 Albania Tirana, Albania Increase 266,938 Blue Panorama Airlines, Ernest Airlines
8 Decrease 2 United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Decrease 220,537 Alitalia, Etihad Airways
9 Steady Switzerland Zürich, Switzerland Increase 216,711 Swiss International Air Lines
10 Increase 1 Egypt Cairo, Egypt Increase 207,253 Air Italy, Egypt Air
11 Decrease 1 Hong Kong Hong Kong, SAR Increase 175,862 Cathay Pacific
12 Increase 20 Brazil São Paulo, Brazil Increase 159,268 LATAM Brasil
13 Steady Oman Muscat, Oman Increase 151,415 Oman Air
14 Increase 1 China Shanghai, China Increase 143,179 Air China
15 Increase 1 Morocco Casablanca, Morocco Increase 132,728 Royal Air Maroc, Jetairfly
16 Decrease 4 United States Newark, New Jersey, United States Decrease 151,803 United Airlines
17 Increase 2 United States Miami, Florida, United States Increase 128,719 Air Italy, American Airlines
18 Decrease 4 Japan Tokyo, Japan Decrease 128,117 Alitalia
19 Increase 7 Norway Oslo, Norway Increase 115,007 Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian Airlines
20 Increase 1 Tunisia Tunis, Tunisia Increase 111,071 Tunisair
21 Decrease 3 Ukraine Kiev, Ukraine Decrease 107,755 Ukraine International Airlines
22 Increase 2 China Beijing, China Increase 103,258 Air China
23 Decrease 1 Singapore Singapore, Singapore Decrease 100,953 Singapore Airlines
24 Increase 1 Thailand Bangkok, Thailand Increase 99,367 Air Italy, Thai Airways International
25 Decrease 2 Cuba Havana, Cuba Decrease 97,956 Air Italy, Blue Panorama Airlines, Neos
26 Increase 2 Russia Saint Petersburg, Russia Increase 88,838 Rossiya Airlines
27 Increase 2 India Delhi, India Increase 83,138 Air India
28 Decrease 1 Morocco Marrakesh, Morocco Decrease 82,865 easyJet
29 Decrease 9 Turkey Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen, Turkey Decrease 69,078 Turkish Airlines
30 Steady South Korea Seoul, South Korea Decrease 66,794 Korean Air
31 Steady Serbia Belgrade, Serbia Increase 66,648 Air Serbia
32 Increase 2 Iran Tehran, Iran Increase 62,055 Iran Air, Mahan Air
33 Increase 2 Canada Toronto, Canada Increase 59,847 Air Canada
34 Steady new Moldova Chisinau, Moldova Steady 57,870 Air Italy, Air Moldova
35 Steady new Egypt Marsa Alam, Egypt Steady 57,455 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–March 2018 40,809 Increase9 5,013,630 Increase12.9 139,230.1 Decrease1.1
Evolution of the number of passengers since 2000 (million of people)[42]

Airline Operators Committee (AOC MXP)

Is active in the airport an official body 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. 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 the south-west of central Milan. A train leaves every 30 minutes in each direction. At Milan Cadorna, there are connections with Milan Metro lines M1 and M2, the Milan suburban railway service and other destinations. Journey time is 29 minutes (non-stop) or 34 minutes (stopping). Stopping services call at Busto Arsizio Ferrovie Nord Milano, Saronno Centrale (connections for Varese and Como) and Milan Bovisa (connection with suburban services).[43]

Since 13 December 2010, the Malpensa Express has also run to Milan Central station, connecting there with Milan Metro lines M2 and M3 and various rail services. A train leaves every 30 minutes in each direction (or hourly during early mornings or late evenings). Journey times are 46 minutes (semi-fast) and 53 minutes (stopping). All services call at Milan Porta Garibaldi (connections with Milan Metro lines M2 and M5) and Saronno Centrale, with stopping services also calling at Busto Arsizio FNM station.[44]

Other train services

TiLo operate services to Bellinzona in Switzerland.[45]

Two daily high-speed (Alta Velocità) services connected Malpensa Aeroporto to Florence/Firenze via Milan Central, Bologna Central and Florence Santa Maria Novella stations. One of the high-speed trains continues to Naples/Napoli via Rome Termini.[46] As of October 2012, the service was terminated.

Milan's Suburban Line S10 (Milano Rogoredo–Milano Bovisa) runs to Malpensa Airport/Aeroporto from June 2010 onwards.[47] Trains call at: Ferno, Busto Arsizio, Castellanza, Rescaldina, Saronno Centrale, Milano Bovisa, Milano Lancetti, Milano Porta Garibaldi M2-M5, Milano Repubblica M3, Milano Porta Venezia M1, Milano Dateo and Milano Porta Vittoria. As of October 2012, the service is now terminated.

Future train connections

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



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

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


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External links

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
  • Milan Airport Transfer
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