Linate Airport

Milan Linate Airport
Aeroporto di Milano-Linate
Airport type Public
Operator SEA – Aeroporti di Milano
Serves Milan, Italy
Location Segrate and Peschiera Borromeo
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL 353 ft / 108 m
Coordinates 45°26′58″N 009°16′42″E / 45.44944°N 9.27833°E / 45.44944; 9.27833Coordinates: 45°26′58″N 009°16′42″E / 45.44944°N 9.27833°E / 45.44944; 9.27833
Location of airport on map of Milan
Location of airport on map of Lombardy
Location of Lombardy region in Italy
Direction Length Surface
m ft
18/36 2,442 8,012 Asphalt
17/35 601 1,972 Asphalt
Number Length Surface
m ft
H1 28 92 Asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Passengers 9,548,363
Passenger change 16–17 1.4%
Aircraft movements 117,730
Movements change 16–17 0.7%
Statistics from Assaeroporti[2]

Milan Linate Airport (IATA: LIN, ICAO: LIML) is the third international airport of Milan, the second-largest city and first urban area of Italy, behind Malpensa Airport and Orio al Serio Airport. It served 9,548,363 passengers in 2017, being the fifth busiest airport in Italy, and is used as a base by Alitalia and Alitalia CityLiner.


The airport was built next to Idroscalo of Milan in the 1930s when Taliedo Airport (located 1 km (0.62 mi) from the southern border of Milan), and one of the world's first aerodromes and airports, became too small for commercial traffic. Linate was completely rebuilt in the 1950s and again in the 1980s.

Its name comes from the small village where it is located in the town of Peschiera Borromeo. Its official name is Airport Enrico Forlanini, after the Italian inventor and aeronautical pioneer born in Milan. Linate airport buildings are located in the Segrate Municipality, and the field is located for a large part in the Peschiera Borromeo Municipality.

Since 2001, because of Linate's close proximity to the centre of Milan – only 7 km (4 mi) east of the city centre,[1] compared with Malpensa, which is 41 km (25 mi) northwest of the city centre – its capacity has been reduced by law from 32 slots per hour (technical capacity) down to 22 slots per hour (politically decided capacity) and only domestic or international flights within the EU have been allowed. That year, 2001, also saw a major accident at Linate with many illegal and non-ICAO-regulation practices and layouts part of its then operation.


Linate Airport features one three-story passenger terminal building. The ground level contains the check-in and separate baggage reclaim facilities as well as service counters and a secondary departure gate area for bus-boarding. The first floor features the main departure area with several shops, restaurants and service facilities. The second floor is used for office space.[3] The terminal building features five aircraft stands, all of which are equipped with jet-bridges. Several more parking positions are available on the apron which are reached from several bus-boarding gates.

Airlines and destinations

The following airlines operate scheduled services to and from Linate Airport:[4]

Aer Lingus Dublin
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Air Italy Olbia
Air Malta Malta
Alitalia Alghero, Amsterdam, Athens, Bari, Brindisi, Brussels, Cagliari, Catania, Copenhagen, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva (begins 3 September 2018),[5] Lamezia Terme, London–City, London–Heathrow, Luxembourg, Madrid, Naples, Palermo, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Paris–Orly, Pescara, Reggio Calabria, Rome–Fiumicino, Trieste
Seasonal: Comiso, Corfu, Heraklion, Ibiza, Lampedusa, Menorca, Mykonos, Palma de Mallorca, Pantelleria, Rhodes, Santorini, Stockholm–Arlanda,[6] Thessaloniki, Trapani
Blue Air Bucharest
Blu-express Reggio Calabria
British Airways London–City, London–Heathrow, London–Stansted
Brussels Airlines Brussels
Bulgaria Air Sofia
easyJet Amsterdam, London–Gatwick, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Paris–Orly
Iberia Madrid
KLM Amsterdam
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Luxair Luxembourg
Scandinavian Airlines Stockholm–Arlanda


Busiest domestic routes from Linate (2017)[7]
1Rome–Fiumicino, Lazio1,183,753Alitalia
2Cagliari, Sardinia627,299Alitalia
3Catania, Sicily585,809Alitalia, Meridiana
4Naples, Campania509,251Alitalia, Meridiana
5Bari, Apulia403,247Alitalia
6Palermo, Sicily389,306Alitalia
7Olbia, Sardinia330,921Meridiana
8Brindisi, Apulia218,672Alitalia
9Alghero, Sardinia202,884Alitalia
10Lamezia Terme, Calabria175,801Alitalia
11Reggio Calabria, Calabria163,168Alitalia, Blu-express
Busiest European routes from Linate (2016)[8]
1 Paris–Charles de Gaulle, France 785.308Air France, Alitalia
2 1 Amsterdam, Netherlands 651.774Alitalia, KLM
3 1 London–Heathrow, United Kingdom 616.402Alitalia, British Airways
4 Frankfurt am Main, Germany 450.873Alitalia, Lufthansa
5 6 London–Gatwick, United Kingdom 293.540easyJet
6 1 Paris–Orly, France 237.696Alitalia, easyJet
7 1 Brussels, Belgium 223.904Alitalia, Brussels Airlines
8 Madrid, Spain 220.495Iberia
9 2 Berlin–Tegel, Germany 204.124Alitalia, Air Berlin
10 1 Düsseldorf, Germany 182.231Alitalia, Air Berlin
11 1 London–City, United Kingdom 180.872Alitalia
12 Vienna, Austria 119.960Niki
13 Bucharest, Romania 103.718Alitalia, Blue Air
14 Dublin, Ireland 99.335Aer Lingus
15 Stockholm–Arlanda, Sweden 87.981Scandinavian Airlines
16 Malta, Malta 78.030Air Malta
17 Barcelona, Spain 66.538Alitalia
18 Munich, Germany 62.969Meridiana

Ground transport


The airport is located at Viale Enrico Forlanini next to its intersection with autostrada A51 (exit 6 Aeroporto Linate). A51 is part of the city's highway ring, so the airport can be reached from any direction.[9]

Bus and coach

Linate Airport can be reached by local bus service 73 from Piazza Duomo in Milan city centre as well as by coach services from other places within the city. Coaches from and to Monza, Brescia and Milan Malpensa Airport are also run.[9]


A Metro line is currently under construction and it is expected to open in 2021 [10].

Incidents and accidents

  • Linate Airport was the site of the Linate Airport disaster on 8 October 2001, when Scandinavian Airlines Flight 686, which was bound for Copenhagen Airport, collided with a business jet that, in fog, had inadvertently taxied onto the runway already in use. This collision later resulted in criminal legal proceedings against 11 staff including an air traffic controller, flight safety officials and management officials from the airport.[11] All 114 people on both aircraft were killed, as well as four people on the ground. The Linate Airport disaster remains the deadliest air disaster in Italian history.
  • On 15 June 2005, a light aircraft safely landed on taxiway 'T' after its pilot had mistaken it for runway 36R. Following that incident, a safety recommendation was issued.[12] It suggested the use of different numbers to help differentiate between runways.[13] This change was enacted at the beginning of July 2007, when 18R/36L became 17/35 and 18L/36R became 18/36.


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