Milan–Malpensa Airport

Milan–Malpensa Airport
Aeroporto di Milano-Malpensa
"Città di Milano"
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
Location within Northern Italy
MXP (Italy)
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 14.2%
Aircraft movements 178,953
Movements change 16-17 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.

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]


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]

Aegean Airlines Athens
Seasonal: Kalamata
Aer Lingus Dublin
Aeroflot Moscow–Sheremetyevo
Aigle Azur Paris–Orly (begins 14 September 2018)[13]
Air Algérie Algiers
Seasonal: Annaba
Air Cairo Alexandria-Borg El Arab, Luxor (begins 5 November 2018),[14] Marsa Alam, Sharm El Sheikh
Air Canada Toronto–Pearson
Air China Beijing–Capital, Shanghai–Pudong
Air Dolomiti Seasonal charter: Olbia[15]
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, Dakar–Diass, Delhi (begins 28 October 2018),[17] Havana, Lagos, Lamezia Terme, Miami, Moscow–Domodedovo, Mumbai (begins 30 October 2018),[18] Naples, New York–JFK, Olbia, Palermo, Rome–Fiumicino, Sharm el-Sheikh
Seasonal: Mombasa, Zanzibar
Seasonal charter: Fort-de-France,[19] Shenzhen
Air Horizont Seasonal charter: Brindisi,[20] Kalamata,[21] Kos,[22] Lamezia Terme,[23] Olbia,[15] Palermo,[24] Pantelleria[25]
Air Moldova Chișinău
Air Nostrum Seasonal charter: Minorca[26]
Air Serbia Belgrade
airBaltic Riga
AlbaStar Seasonal: Catania, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Lourdes, Palma de Mallorca
Seasonal charter: Bodø,[27] Heraklion, Ibiza, Karpathos, Kos, Marsa Alam, Minorca, Patras, Rhodes, Rovaniemi, Samos, Sharm El Sheikh, Tenerife South, Thessaloniki, Tromsø (begins 23 February 2019)[28]
Alitalia New York–JFK, Rome–Fiumicino, Tokyo–Narita
Seasonal: Malé (begins 1 November 2018)[29]
Seasonal charter: Hamburg,[30] Pointe-à-Pitre,[30]
American Airlines Miami, New York–JFK
Austrian Airlines Vienna
Azerbaijan Airlines Baku
Belavia Minsk
Blue Panorama Airlines Cancún, Havana, Tirana
Seasonal: Antigua, Cayo Coco, Cayo Largo, Heraklion, Holguín, Lampedusa, La Romana, Mombasa, Montego Bay, Preveza, Rhodes, Santa Clara, Zanzibar
British Airways London–Heathrow
Brussels Airlines Brussels
Bulgaria Air Sofia
Cabo Verde Airlines Sal (ends 22 October 2018)[31]
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, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Prague, Santiago de Compostela, Stockholm–Arlanda, Stuttgart, Tallinn, Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion, Tenerife South, Toulouse, Vienna
Seasonal: Alghero, Alicante, Athens, Bilbao, Cephalonia, Corfu, Dubrovnik, Fuerteventura, Glasgow, Heraklion, Hurghada (begins 28 October 2018),[32] Ibiza, Kos, Lublin, Malta, Minorca, Mykonos, Palma de Mallorca, Pula, Rhodes, Santorini, Split, Zadar, Zakynthos
EgyptAir Cairo
El Al Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion
Emirates Dubai–International, New York–JFK
Ernest Airlines Kiev-Zhuliany (begins 19 October 2018),[33] Lviv, Tirana
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi
Eurowings Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Stuttgart
Finnair Helsinki
Flybe Birmingham, Cardiff, London–Southend, Manchester
flybmi Bristol
FlyOne Chișinău
HOP! Lyon, Nantes
Iberia Madrid
Icelandair Seasonal: Reykjavík–Keflavík
Iran Air Tehran–Imam Khomeini
KLM Amsterdam
Korean Air Seoul–Incheon
Kuwait Airways Kuwait City (begins 29 October 2018)[34]
LATAM Brasil São Paulo–Guarulhos
Laudamotion Berlin–Tegel
LEVEL Vienna
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw–Chopin
Lufthansa Frankfurt, 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, Palermo, Palma de Mallorca, Phu Quoc, Porto Santo, Rhodes, Rovaniemi, Salalah, Santorini, Skiathos, Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion, Thessaloniki, Yangon (begins 30 October 2019),[35] Zanzibar
Seasonal charter: Bergen,[36] Dubai–Al Maktoum, Pointe-à-Pitre,[37] Rostock–Laage,[37] Stockholm–Arlanda[36]
Norwegian Air Shuttle Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm–Arlanda
Oman Air Muscat
Pakistan International Airlines Islamabad, Lahore
Qatar Airways Doha
Rossiya Airlines Saint Petersburg
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca
Seasonal: Beni Mellal
Ryanair Alicante, Brussels, Bucharest, Catania, Comiso, Gran Canaria, Katowice, Kaunas (begins 29 October 2018),[38] Lamezia Terme, Liverpool, London–Stansted, Palermo, Porto, Seville, Sofia, Tenerife–South (begins 28 October 2018),[39] 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),[40] Kutaisi, Podgorica, Skopje, Vienna (begins 22 February 2019),[41] Vilnius
WOW air Seasonal: Reykjavík–Keflavík


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
CargoluxCampinas–Viracopos, Chicago–O'Hare, London–Stansted, Los Angeles, Luxembourg, Maastricht/Aachen, New York–JFK, Taipei–Taoyuan
Cargolux ItaliaAlmaty, Baku, Curitiba–Afonso Pena, Dallas/Fort Worth, Dubai–International, Hong Kong, Luxembourg, Mexico City, New York–JFK, Novosibirsk, Osaka–Kansai, Zhengzhou
Cathay Pacific Delhi, Hong Kong, London–Heathrow, Manchester, Mumbai
DHL Aviation Bucharest, East Midlands, Leipzig/Halle, London–Heathrow, London–Luton, London–Stansted, Madrid
EgyptAir CargoCairo
Emirates SkyCargoDubai–Al Maktoum
Ethiopian Airlines Cargo Addis Ababa
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 CargoChicago–O'Hare,[42] Doha, London–Stansted, Tripoli–International
Royal Air Maroc Brussels, Casablanca
Saudia Cargo Brussels, Damman, Jeddah, Riyadh
Silk Way Airlines Baku[43]
Swiftair East Midlands[44]
Turkish Airlines Cargo Algiers, Istanbul–Atatürk[45]


Busiest routes

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

Movements by country

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

General statistics

Years Movements % variation Passengers % variation Cargo (tons) % variation
2000 249,107 13.3 20,716,815 22.1 301,045 4.6
2001 236,409 5.1 18,570,494 10.4 323,707 7.5
2002 214,886 9.1 17,441,250 6.1 328,241 1.4
2003 213,554 0.6 17,621,585 1 362,587 10.5
2004 218,048 2.1 18,554,874 5.3 361,237 13.1
2005 227,718 4.4 19,630,514 5.8 384,752 6.5
2006 247,456 8.7 21,767,267 10.9 419,128 8,9
2007 267,941 8.3 23,885,391 9.7 486,666 16.1
2008 218,476 18.5 19,221,632 19.5 415,952 14.5
2009 187,551 14.2 17,551,635 8.7 344,047 17.3
2010 193,771 3.3 18,947,808 8 432,674 25.8
2011 190,838 1.5 19,303,131 1.8 450,446 4.1
2012 174,892 8.4 18,537,301 4 414,317 8
2013 164,745 5.8 17,955,075 3.1 430,343 3.9
2014 166,749 1.2 18,853,203 5 469,657 9.1
2015 160,484 3.8 18,582,043 1.4 511,191 8.8
2016 166,842 4 19,420,690 4.5 548,767 7.4
2017 178,953 7.3 22,169,167 14.2 589,719 7.5
January–June 2018 90,722 6.9 11,389,437 11.1 239,649.8 3
Evolution of the number of passengers since 2000 (million of people)[47]

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.


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 (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, with stopping services also calling at Busto Arsizio FNM station.[49]

Other train services

TiLo operate services to Bellinzona in Switzerland.[50]

Milan's Suburban Line S10 (Milano Rogoredo–Milano Bovisa) has run to Malpensa Airport/Aeroporto since June 2010.[51] 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 Gallarate and by the State Road SS336dir from Magenta.


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