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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
MXP is located in Italy
MXP is located in Europe
Location within Northern Italy
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: MXPICAO: 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.

Lufthansa announced plans in 2008 to create its first hub outside Germany and its fourth European hub at Malpensa.[7] In October 2008, Lufthansa set up its Italian division, Lufthansa Italia. Operations commenced on 2 February 2009, but ceased on 30 October 2011 as Lufthansa abandoned plans to create a hub at Malpensa.

The low-cost carrier EasyJet has made Malpensa its most important base 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.[8] Competitor Ryanair confirmed plans to open an operating base at Malpensa from December 2015, initially with one aircraft.[9]

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.[10] 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.[11]


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.

Terminal 1

Terminal 1, which opened in 1998, is the newer,[12] 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.[12] 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.[13] A new railway station at Terminal 2 was opened in December 2016.[14]

Airlines and destinations


The following airlines operate regular scheduled, seasonal and charter flights to and from Malpensa:[15]

Airlines Destinations
Aegean Airlines Athens
Seasonal: Kalamata
Aer Lingus Dublin
Aeroflot Moscow–Sheremetyevo, Saint Petersburg
Air Algérie Algiers, Annaba
Air Cairo Marsa Alam, Sharm El Sheikh
Air Canada Seasonal: Toronto–Pearson
Air China Beijing–Capital, Shanghai–Pudong
Air Europa Madrid
Seasonal charter: Ibiza, Palma de Mallorca
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Air Horizont Seasonal charter: Brindisi, Olbia, Palermo, Pantelleria
Air India Delhi
Air Moldova Chișinău
AIRITALY Accra, Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi (begins 9 September 2018)[16], Cairo, Catania (resumes 2 July 2018)[17], Dakar–Diass, Fortaleza (ends 25 April 2018), Fuerteventura (ends 7 May 2018), Havana, Lagos, Lamezia Terme (resumes 26 August 2018),[17] La Romana (ends 6 May 2018), Mauritius (ends 6 May 2018), Miami (begins 8 June 2018),[18] Moscow–Domodedovo, Naples (resumes 1 May 2018),[19] New York–JFK (begins 1 June 2018)[18], Olbia, Palermo (begins 1 May 2018),[19] Rome–Fiumicino (begins 1 May 2018),[19]
Seasonal: Marsa Alam, Mombasa, Nosy Be, Recife, Sharm el-Sheikh, Zanzibar
Seasonal charter: Fort-de-France, Rostock–Laage,[20] Shenzhen
Air Serbia Belgrade
airBaltic Riga
Seasonal charter: Brindisi, Lamezia Terme, Olbia
AlbaStar Seasonal: Catania, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Lourdes
Seasonal charter: Bodø (begins 17 June 2018),[21] Heraklion, Ibiza, Karpathos, Kos, Marsa Alam, Minorca, Palma de Mallorca, Patras, Rhodes, Rovaniemi, Samos, Sharm El Sheikh, Tenerife–South, Thessaloniki
Alitalia Abu Dhabi (ends 24 March 2018),[22] New York–JFK, Rome–Fiumicino (resumes 1 April 2018),[23] Tokyo–Narita
Seasonal charter: Hamburg, Pointe-à-Pitre, Stockholm–Arlanda
American Airlines Miami, New York–JFK
AtlasGlobal Istanbul–Atatürk
Austrian Airlines Vienna
Azerbaijan Airlines Baku
Belavia Minsk
Blue Panorama Airlines Cancún, Havana, Montego Bay, Tirana
Seasonal: Antigua, Cayo Coco, Cayo Largo, Heraklion (resumes 3 June 2018),[24] Holguín, Lampedusa (resumes 2 June 2018),[25] La Romana, Mombasa, Rhodes (resumes 2 June 2018),[26] Zanzibar
BMI Regional Bristol
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, Athens, Barcelona, Bari, Berlin–Schönefeld, Berlin–Tegel (begins 1 March 2018),[27] Bordeaux, Brindisi, Cagliari, Catania, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Fuerteventura, Glasgow–International, 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)[28]
Seasonal: Alghero, Alicante, Bilbao, Cephalonia, Corfu, Dubrovnik, Faro (begins 1 June 2018),[29] Heraklion, Ibiza, Kos, Malta, Minorca, Mykonos, Palma de Mallorca, Pula (begins 25 June 2018)[30], 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),[31] 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
Israir Airlines Seasonal: Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion
KLM Amsterdam
Korean Air Seoul–Incheon
LATAM Brasil São Paulo–Guarulhos
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw–Chopin
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich
Lufthansa Regional Munich
Luxair Luxembourg
Mahan Air Tehran–Imam Khomeini
Middle East Airlines Beirut
Mistral Air Seasonal: Catania, Tirana
Neos Boa Vista, Cancún, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Havana, Holguín, La Romana, Marsa Alam, Mombasa, Nanjing, Nosy Be, Sal, Sharm el-Sheikh, Tenerife–South,
Seasonal: Brindisi, Cagliari, Camaguey, Catania, Cayo Largo, Freeport, Heraklion, Ibiza, Karpathos, Kos, Lamezia Terme, Lanzarote, Malé, Mersa Matruh, Menorca, Montego Bay, Mykonos, Olbia (resumes 26 May 2018),[32] Palma de Mallorca, Phuket, Phu Quoc, Porto Santo, Rhodes, Rovaniemi, Salalah, Santorini, Skiathos, Thessaloniki, Varadero, Zanzibar
Seasonal charter: Dubai–Al Maktoum, Mumbai (ends 2 March 2018),[33] Lampedusa, Luxor, Pointe-à-Pitre, Rostock–Laage, Stockholm–Arlanda, Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion
Norwegian Air Shuttle Los Angeles (begins 16 June 2018)[34][35], Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm–Arlanda
Oman Air Muscat
Pakistan International Airlines Islamabad, Lahore
Qatar Airways Doha
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca
Seasonal: Beni Mellal
Ryanair Alicante, Brussels, Bucharest, Catania, Comiso, Gran Canaria, Katowice, Lamezia Terme, Liverpool, London–Stansted, Palermo, Porto, Seville, Sofia, Tenerife–South (begins 28 October 2018)[36], Valencia
Saudia Jeddah, Riyadh
Seasonal: Medina
Scandinavian Airlines Copenhagen, Oslo–Gardermoen
Seasonal: Stockholm–Arlanda
Singapore Airlines Singapore
Swiss International Air Lines Zürich
TACV Sal (begins 2 April 2018)[37]
TAP Air Portugal Lisbon, Porto (resumes 25 March 2018)[38]
Thai Airways Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi
TUI fly Belgium Seasonal: Casablanca
Tunisair Tunis
Seasonal: Djerba, Monastir
Turkish Airlines Istanbul–Atatürk, Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen
Seasonal: İzmir (begins 8 June 2018)[39]
Twin Jet Marseille
Seasonal: Nice
Ukraine International Airlines Kiev–Boryspil
United Airlines Newark
Utair Moscow–Vnukovo
Uzbekistan Airways Tashkent
Seasonal: Urgench
Vueling Amsterdam, Barcelona, Gran Canaria, Paris–Orly
Seasonal: Alicante, Bilbao, Ibiza, Menorca
Wizz Air Budapest, Kutaisi, Podgorica, Sibiu (ends 24 March 2018)[40], Skopje (begins 26 March 2018),[41] Vilnius (begins 25 March 2018)[42]
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,[43] Doha, London–Stansted, Tripoli–International
Royal Air Maroc Brussels, Casablanca
Saudia Cargo Brussels, Damman, Jeddah, Riyadh
Silk Way Airlines Baku[44]
Swiftair East Midlands[45]
Turkish Airlines Cargo Algiers, Istanbul–Atatürk[46]


Busiest routes

Busiest domestic routes to/from Milan Malpensa (2016)[47]
Rank Rank
(prev. year)
Airport Passengers Airline(s)
1 Increase 1 Sicily Catania, Sicily Increase 491,998 Albastar, easyJet, Meridiana, Mistral Air, Neos Air, Ryanair
2 Decrease 1 Campania Naples, Campania Decrease 349,972 easyJet, Meridiana
3 Increase 1 Sicily Palermo, Sicily Increase 315,987 Albastar, easyJet
4 Decrease 1 Lazio Rome-Fiumicino, Lazio Decrease 291,701 Alitalia, easyJet
5 Steady Sardinia Olbia, Sardinia Increase 279,453 easyJet, Meridiana, Neos Air
6 Steady Calabria Lamezia Terme, Calabria Increase 263,135 Albastar, easyJet, Neos Air
7 Steady Apulia Bari, Apulia Increase 195,638 easyJet
8 Steady Apulia Brindisi, Apulia Increase 153,083 AirBaltic, easyJet, Neos Air
9 Steady Sardinia Cagliari, Sardinia Increase 136,324 easyJet, Meridiana, Neos Air
10 Steady new Sicily Comiso, Sicily Steady 125,552 Ryanair
Busiest routes between Milan Malpensa and destinations within the European Union (2016)[47]
Rank Rank
(prev. year)
Airport Passengers Airline(s)
1 Steady Spain Barcelona, Spain Increase 686,128 easyJet, Vueling
2 Increase 1 Spain Madrid, Spain Increase 601,979 Air Europa, easyJet, Iberia
3 Increase 1 United Kingdom London-Gatwick, United Kingdom Increase 554,189 easyJet
4 Decrease 2 France Paris-Charles de Gaulle, France Decrease 548,130 easyJet
5 Increase 1 Netherlands Amsterdam, Netherlands Increase 463,242 easyJet, Vueling
6 Decrease 1 Germany Munich, Germany Decrease 422,794 Lufthansa, AirDolomiti, Easyjet
7 Steady Portugal Lisbon, Portugal Increase 392,263 easyJet, TAP Portugal
8 Steady Denmark Copenhagen, Denmark Decrease 359,541 easyJet, Scandinavian Airlines
9 Steady Germany Frankfurt am Main, Germany Decrease 316,398 Lufthansa
10 Increase 2 Greece Athens, Greece Increase 280,866 Aegean Airlines, easyJet
11 Steady Czech Republic Prague, Czech Republic Increase 279,616 Czech Airlines, easyJet
12 Decrease 2 Belgium Brussels, Belgium Decrease 268,007 Brussels Airlines, easyJet, Ryanair
13 Steady United Kingdom London-Heathrow, United Kingdom Increase 236,057 British Airways
14 Steady new United Kingdom London-Stansted, United Kingdom Steady 234,617 Ryanair
15 Increase 1 Spain Ibiza, Spain Increase 213,375 Air Europa, Albastar, easyJet, Meridiana, Neos Air, Vueling
16 Decrease 1 Hungary Budapest, Hungary Increase 211,609 Wizzair
17 Decrease 3 Austria Vienna, Austria Decrease 205,898 Austrian Airlines
18 Decrease 1 Germany Hamburg, Germany Increase 191,139 easyJet, Germanwings
19 Decrease 1 Germany Berlin-Schönefeld, Germany Decrease 171,059 easyJet
20 Decrease 1 Finland Helsinki, Finland Decrease 169,163 Finnair
21 Increase 5 United Kingdom Edinburgh, Scotland Increase 157,874 easyJet
22 Decrease 2 Germany Düsseldof, Germany Decrease 149,381 Germanwings
23 Decrease 1 Spain Málaga, Spain Increase 148,607 easyJet, Neos Air, Vueling
24 Decrease 3 United Kingdom London-Luton, England Increase 144,977 easyJet
25 Decrease 2 Germany Stuttgart Germany Increase 139,663 easyJet, Germanwings
26 Increase 9 United Kingdom Manchester, United Kingdom Increase 137,046 easyJet, FlyBe
27 Decrease 3 Luxembourg Luxembourg, Luxembourg Increase 129,773 easyJet, Luxair
28 Decrease 3 Poland Warsaw, Poland Increase 121,364 LOT Polish Airlines
29 Increase 2 France Paris-Orly, France Increase 110,493 Vueling
30 Increase 7 Romania Bucharest, Romania Increase 107,690 Ryanair
31 Decrease 1 United Kingdom Birmingham, United Kingdom Increase 104,462 FlyBe
32 Decrease 5 Spain Palma de Mallorca, Spain Increase 101,886 Air Europa, Albastar, easyJet, Neos Air, Vueling
33 Decrease 5 Germany Cologne, Germany Increase 94,786 Eurowings
34 Decrease 5 Greece Mykonos, Greece Increase 89,609 Albastar, easyJet, Neos
35 Decrease 2 Spain Tenerife, Spain Increase 81,065 easyJet, Neos
36 Decrease 4 Spain Menorca, Spain Increase 81,055 easyJet, Iberia, Neos, Vueling
37 Decrease 3 Greece Heraklion, Greece Increase 73,880 Albastar, easyJet, Neos
38 Steady France Bordeaux, France Increase 69,573 easyJet
39 Steady new Bulgaria Sofia, Bulgaria Steady 67,007 Bulgaria Air, Ryanair
40 Decrease 4 Republic of Ireland Dublin, Ireland Decrease 58,463 Aer Lingus
41 Decrease 1 France Lyon, France Increase 53,129 HOP!
42 Steady new Spain Seville, Spain Steady 51,095 Ryanair
43 Steady new Latvia Riga, Latvia Steady 50,360 airBaltic
Busiest routes between Milan Malpensa and destinations outside the Schengen area (2016)[47]
Rank Rank
(prev. year)
City Passengers Airline(s)
1 Steady United States New York-JFK, New York, United States Increase 689,995 Alitalia, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Emirates
2 Steady United Arab Emirates Dubai-International, United Arab Emirates Decrease 587,576 Emirates
3 Increase 1 Russia Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Russia Decrease 343,358 Aeroflot, Alitalia
4 Decrease 1 Turkey Istanbul-Atatürk, Turkey Decrease 342,856 Turkish Airlines
5 Steady Qatar Doha, Qatar Increase 313,465 Qatar Airways
6 Steady United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Increase 260,695 Alitalia, Etihad Airways
7 Steady Israel Tel Aviv, Israel Increase 247,390 easyJet, El Al, Meridiana, Neos Air
8 Increase 3 Albania Tirana, Albania Increase 209,508 Alitalia, Blue Panorama Airlines
9 Decrease 3 Switzerland Zürich, Switzerland Decrease 209,279 Swiss International Air Lines
10 Steady Hong Kong Hong Kong, SAR Decrease 170,536 Cathay Pacific
11 Increase 1 Egypt Cairo, Egypt Decrease 162,857 Egypt Air, Meridiana
12 Increase 1 United States Newark, New Jersey, United States Decrease 151,022 United Airlines
13 Increase 5 Oman Muscat, Oman Increase 137,635 Oman Air
14 Increase 1 Japan Tokyo, Japan Increase 133,125 Alitalia
15 Decrease 1 China Shanghai, China Decrease 129,703 Air China
16 Decrease 7 Morocco Casablanca, Morocco Decrease 127,628 Royal Air Maroc
17 Steady new Chile Santiago de Chile, Chile Steady 122,898 LAN Airlines
18 Increase 6 Ukraine Kiev, Ukraine Increase 121,374 UIA
19 Increase 1 United States Miami, Florida, United States Decrease 111,585 American Airlines
20 Decrease 1 Turkey Istanbul, Turkey Increase 108,378 Pegasus Airlines, Turkish Airlines
21 Steady Tunisia Tunis, Tunisia Decrease 104,343 Tunisair
22 Increase 3 Singapore Singapore, Singapore Increase 104,799 Singapore Airlines
23 Increase 3 Cuba Havana, Cuba Increase 98,602 Blue Panorama Airlines, Meridiana, Neos
24 Decrease 2 China Beijing, China Decrease 96,619 Air China
25 Increase 2 Thailand Bangkok, Thailand Increase 94,548 Thai Airways International
26 Increase 2 Norway Oslo, Norway Increase 88,428 Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian Airlines
27 Decrease 11 Morocco Marrakesh, Morocco Decrease 87,849 easyJet
28 Decrease 5 Russia Saint Petersburg, Russia Decrease 82,151 Rossiya Airlines
29 Increase 5 India Delhi, India Increase 69,709 Air India
30 Increase 1 South Korea Seoul, South Corea Decrease 68,491 Korean Air
31 Decrease 1 Serbia Belgrade, Serbia Decrease 63,704 Air Serbia
32 Decrease 15 Brazil São Paulo, Brazil Decrease 60,065 LAN Airlines, LATAM Brasil
33 Decrease 4 Dominican Republic La Romana, Dominican Republic Decrease 54,381 Blue Panorama Airlines, Meridiana, Neos
34 Steady new Iran Tehran, Iran Steady 52,382 Iran Air, Mahan Air
35 Steady Canada Toronto, Canada Decrease 50,805 Air Canada

Movements by country

European countries with passenger movements
from/to Milan Malpensa Airport (2016)
Rank Rank
(prev. year)
Country Passengers 2016 Var. %
(prev. year)
1 Steady  Spain Increase 2,137,854 +14.55
2 Increase 1  UK Increase 1,638,130 +35.42
3 Decrease 1  Germany Decrease 1,511,275 -0.98
4 Steady  France Decrease 888,238 -1.00
5 Steady  Greece Increase 633,877 +6.10
6 Increase 1  Netherlands Increase 463,350 +21.65
7 Decrease 1  Portugal Increase 440,516 +0.56
8 Steady  Denmark Decrease 359,541 -3.74
9 Increase 1  Czech Republic Increase 279,616 +5.32
10 Decrease 1  Belgium Decrease 269,446 -12.63
11 Increase 1  Hungary Increase 211,609 +8.69
12 Decrease 1  Austria Decrease 206,036 -6.77
13 Steady  Finland Decrease 171,505 -4.47
14 Increase 1  Poland Increase 152,240 +31.81
15 Decrease 1  Luxembourg Increase 129,773 +6.21
16 Increase 1  Romania Increase 114,968 +89.76
17 Increase 1  Bulgaria Increase 67,007 +63.66
18 Decrease 2  Ireland Decrease 58,582 -3.75
19 Steady  Latvia Increase 50,360 +24.81
20 Steady  Cyprus Decrease 33,002 -15.15
21 Increase 2  Estonia Increase 28,633 +247.45
22 Steady  Sweden Decrease 10,207 -18.88
23 Decrease 2  Malta Decrease 8,796 +6.73
24 Steady new  Slovak Republic Steady 366 Steady

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).[48]

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.[49]

Other train services

TiLo operate services to Bellinzona in Switzerland.[50]

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.[51] 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.[52] 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 Shuttle and Malpensa Bus Express connect the airport to Milan Central station (Trenitalia's National Railway hub) and for Milan's Metro network. The shuttle bus calls at Terminals 1 and 2, Busto Arsizio and Milan Fair (on request). Journey time is 60–70 minutes.
  • From February 2010 onwards, Lufthansa Airport Bus, in partnership with Autostrade SpA, connects Milan Central Station, with Terminal 1 & 2, with stops in Fieramilanocity and Milan Fair – Rho/Pero on request, every 20 minutes. Furthermore, this new service links the Airport with destinations in Lombardy (Varese, Como, Bergamo and Brescia), Piedmont (Turin/Torino, Alessandria and Novara), Liguria (Genoa/Genova) and Switzerland (Bellinzona, Chiasso and Lugano).[53]
  • A free, 24-hour shuttle bus provides access to Terminal 2 from Terminal 1. The bus leaves every 7 minutes. Journey time is 15–20 minutes.
  • Malpensa Airport has a direct coach connection with Milan's Linate Airport.


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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