Malpensa Airport

Milan Malpensa Airport
“City of Milan”
Aeroporto di Milano-Malpensa
“Città di Milano”
Airport typePublic
OperatorSocietá Enti Aeroportuali (SEA) Aeroporti di Milano
LocationSomma Lombardo, Italy
Hub forAir ItalyAir OneBlue Panorama AirlinesCargoitaliaEasyJetEuroflyLivingston Energy FlightNeos
Elevation AMSL768 ft / 234 m
Coordinates45°37′48″N 008°43′23″E / 45.63°N 8.72306°ECoordinates: 45°37′48″N 008°43′23″E / 45.63°N 8.72306°E
Source: Italian AIP at EUROCONTROL

Milano Malpensa Airport “City of Milan” (IATA: MXP, ICAO: LIMC), former “Aeroporto Città di Busto Arsizio” is Milan’s largest airport. It is located 39.97 km (24.83 mi) northwest of central Milan, Italy. It is one of 3 airports in the Milan metropolitan area.

The airport is connected to Milan by the Milano-Varese highway as well as by the “Malpensa Express” train starting from the Milan Cadorna railway station (LeNord regional railways) and taking about 40 minutes. It is also connected to Linate Airport by a scheduled bus service and by Milan’s local transportation. The Milan airport system has a third international airport, Orio al Serio Airport, which serves low-cost traffic.

Malpensa was the 23rd busiest airport in Europe in terms of passengers, handling 17,551,635 passengers in 2009 (25.8 million with Linate, the second airport of Milan, closer to downtown and over 33 million with Orio al Serio Airport, Milan’s low-cost airport). As of early 2008, Malpensa remains the top Italian airport in terms of international traffic, together with Rome Leonardo da Vinci Airport in terms of total passengers. As far as hub transit passengers are concerned it is also the second airport in Italy after Rome, according to ASSAEROPORTI traffic data. It is also the leading air freight gateway to Italy. Malpensa serves a population of over 15 million inhabitants.

easyJet has a dedicated Terminal (T2) and Malpensa is that company’s biggest base outside the UK.

In 2008 Lufthansa announced plans to create its first Hub outside Germany, and its fourth European hub. In October 2008 Lufthansa set up its Italian division, Lufthansa Italia. SEA (the company which controls Milan’s airports) and Lufthansa have a memorandum of understanding for future development and improvement of current facilities. In July 2009 Lufthansa announced that it had requested 10 additional daily slots at Malpensa. As of July 2010, “Lufhtansa Italia” serves fifteen destinations from Milan.

Malpensa has two terminals and a third runway has been announced, with completion set for 2012. There is also a dedicated cargo terminal called “CargoCity”, which currently handles over 410,000 tons of yearly traffic.

Ground handling

Ground handling services have been slowly deregulated and have seen SEA (the airport authority) create SEA Handling and the arrival of private handler ATA Handling. ATA Handling provides all services apart from bus transport to/from aircraft (originally subcontracted to SEA Handling, now subcontracted to Air Pullman) and disabled assistance. Up to 2001 all ground handling services were provided by SEA and TWA. In the first few years of deregulation some airlines put their own staff for customer assistance but Air One and British Airways realised that it was too expensive and so dismissed them. United Airlines stopped flying to Malpensa. To date the only airline with its own check-in staff remains KLM. Passenger naples airport handling is provided by SEA Handling, ATA Handling, Aviapartner, Globeground Italia and ICTS Italia. Ramp services are provided by SEA Handling, ATA and recently Aviapartner. SEA Handling provides 80% of ramp services mostly thanks to its major customer Alitalia.

In May 2006, Italy’s Civil Aviation Authority took off the limitation of two ramp handlers. Aviapartner and ARE Group announced that they would create a new company called Aviapartner (owned 51% by Aviapartner and 49% ARE Group) to serve Milan Malpensa and Rome Fiumicino. There are fears that luggage mishandling will go up.

Aviapartner has started operating serving Iberia flights and signing more contracts as time has gone on. However, SEA Handling maintains a dominant position and is reorganising itself to be more competitive by going from a monopolistic mentality to free market one.

Security services

Airport security services were transferred in 2000 from the Polizia di Stato (State Police) to SEA which created an internal division called SEA Airport Security. Up to 2002 SEA was assisted by IVRI in providing security services but the contract was not renewed. SEA Airport Security is supervised by Polizia di Stato (Italian State Police), Guardia di Finanza (Italian Military Customs Police) and Ente Nazionale Aviazione Civile (Italy’s Civil Aviation Authority). Carabinieri supervise ramp entrance. Furthermore some airlines rely on private security companies (such as ICTS Italia, SEA Airport Security, Gruppo Sicurezza etc) to provide ID check and airplane guarding.

Terminals, airlines and destinations

Malpensa has two terminals:Terminal 1

  • will be divided into three sections:
    • 1A, which handles domestic and intra-Schengen flights
    • 1B, which handles non-Schengen flights
    • 1C, which is currently under construction

Terminal 2

  • is used by Low Cost Carriers (currently only easyJet). Previously Terminal 2 was also used for charter services. Charter flights are now operated from Terminal 1.
Lufthansa’s first A380 making a special visit, with the main terminal in the background

Milan Malpensa Airport
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Aegean AirlinesAthens airport, Heraklion1A
Aer LingusDublin [seasonal]1B
Aerosvit AirlinesOdessa1B
Afriqiyah AirwaysTripoli1B
Air AlgérieAlgiers [ends 30 October]1B
AirBalticRiga [ends 30 October]1A
Air BerlinBerlin-Tegel, Düsseldorf, Nuremberg, Stuttgart1A
Air ChinaShanghai-Pudong1B
Air FranceParis-Charles de Gaulle1A
Air France operated by RégionalLyon, Nantes, Toulouse1A
Air ItalyBarcelona airport bcn , Copenhagen, Dublin, Heraklion, Ibiza, Kos, Minorca, Olbia, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes, Skiathos1A
Air ItalyBoa Vista, Cartagena, Dubai airport, Edinburgh, Fortaleza, La Romana, Luxor, Maceio, Mersa Matruh, Mombasa, Natal, Nosy Be, Porto Seguro, Salvador da Bahia, Sharm el-Sheikh1B
Air MaltaMalta1A
Air MauritiusMauritius1B
Air MoldovaChisinau1B
Air SeychellesMahé1B
AlitaliaMiami, Moscow-Sheremetyevo, New York-JFK, Tokyo-Narita1B
Alitalia operated by Air OneAlghero, Bari, Brindisi, Catania, Ibiza [seasonal], Lamezia Terme, Naples, Olbia [seasonal], Palermo, Palma de Mallorca [seasonal], Trapani1A
Alitalia operated by Air OneCairo, Tirana, Tunis, rome airport1B
AMC AirlinesAl Alamain, Marsa Alam, Sharm el-Sheikh1B
Amsterdam AirlinesLampedusa1A
American AirlinesNew York-JFK1B
Italian AirlinesVienna1A
Azerbaijan AirlinesBaku1B
Belle AirTirana1B
Blue AirAntalya1A
Blue Panorama AirlinesHeraklion, Lampedusa, Lourdes, Rhodes, Santorini1A
Blue Panorama AirlinesAntalya, Aruba, Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Cancun, Cayo Largo, Curaçao, Fort Lauderdale [seasonal] Freeport, Havana, La Romana, Marsa Alam, Mersa Matruh, Mombasa, Montego Bay, Phuket, Punta Cana, Roatan, Santa Clara, Varadero, Yangon1B
Blu-expressLampedusa [seasonal], Pantelleria [seasonal]1A
Blu-expressIstanbul-Sabiha Gökçen1B
British AirwaysLondon-Heathrow1B
Brussels AirlinesBrussels1A
Bulgaria AirSofia1B
Cathay PacificHong Kong1B
Continental AirlinesNewark1B
Corendon AirlinesAntalya1B
Cyprus AirwaysLarnaca, Rome-Fiumicino1B
Czech AirlinesPrague1A
Darwin AirlineFoggia1A
Delta Air LinesAtlanta, New York-JFK1B
easyJetAgadir, Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Bari, Berlin-Schönefeld, Bordeaux, Brindisi, Bristol, Brussels, Bucharest-Otopeni, Cagliari, Casablanca, Catania, Copenhagen, Corfu, Dubrovnik [seasonal], Edinburgh, Heraklion [seasonal], Ibiza, Lamezia Terme, London-Gatwick, London-Luton, Lisbon, Lyon [begins 5 November], Ljubljana [begins 9 December] Madrid, Malaga, Malta, Marrakech, Mykonos, Naples, Olbia, Palermo, Palma de Mallorca, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Porto, Prague, Rhodes [seasonal], Rome airport -Fiumicino, Santorini [seasonal], Split, Sofia [ends 30 October], Stockholm-Arlanda, Thessaloniki, Toulouse [begins 5 November]2
EgyptAirCairo, Luxor [ends 25 October], Sharm el-Sheikh [ends 24 October]1B
El AlTel Aviv1B
ElbaflyElba [seasonal]1A
Estonian AirTallinn, Vilnius [begins 18 December]1A
Etihad AirwaysAbu Dhabi1B
Eurocypria AirlinesHeraklion1A
Europe AirpostLourdes1A
FlybeBirmingham, Manchester1B
Freebird AirlinesAntalya, Istanbul-Atatürk1B
GermanwingsCologne/Bonn, Hanover1A
IberiaMadrid airport1A
IcelandairReykjavik-Keflavik [seasonal]1A
Iran AirTehran-Imam Khomeini1B
IsrairTel Aviv1B
Itali AirlinesLampedusa, Lourdes, Malaga, Palma de Mallorca1A
Jat AirwaysBelgrade1B
Jet AirwaysDelhi [begins 5 December]1B
Karthago AirlinesDjerba, Monastir1B
Korean AirSeoul-Incheon1B
Libyan AirlinesTripoli1B
Livingston Energy FlightCatania, Faro, Fuerteventura, Heraklion, Ibiza, Karpathos, Kos, Lamezia Terme, Lourdes, Minorca, Mykonos, Olbia, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes, Santorini, Skiathos1A
Livingston Energy FlightAntigua, Banjul, Barbados, Boa Vista, Bodrum, Cancún, Cartagena, Cayo Largo, Colombo, Dakar, Djerba, Donetsk, Dubai, Dubrovnik, Fortaleza, Havana, Holguin, Hurghada, La Romana, Larnaca, Luxor, Maceio, Malé, Marka, Marsa Alam, Mersa Matruh, Mombasa, Monastir, Montego Bay, Natal, Panama City, Phnom-Penh, Phuket, Porto Santo, Porto Seguro, Punta Cana, Recife, Sal, Salvador da Bahia, San Salvador, Sharm el-Sheikh, St Lucia, Tel Aviv, Tenerife-South, Varadero, Zanzibar1B
LOT Polish AirlinesWarsaw1A
Lotus AirHurgada, Sharm el-Sheikh1B
LufthansaBarcelona, Bari, Budapest, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Ibiza airport [seasonal], Lisbon, Madrid, Munich, Naples, Olbia [seasonal], Palermo, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Prague [begins 29 October], Stockholm-Arlanda, Stuttgart, Warsaw1A
LufthansaBucharest-Otopeni [seasonal], Casablanca [seasonal], London-Heathrow1B
Malév Hungarian AirlinesBudapest1A
Meridiana FlyArbatax, Athens, Boa Vista, Cagliari, Fuerteventura, Heraklion, Ibiza, Kos, Lampedusa, Lourdes, Minorca, Mykonos [seasonal], Olbia, Rhodes [seasonal], Santorini [seasonal], Tenerife-South1A
Meridiana FlyAlexandria-Borg el Arab, Antalya, Cairo, Chisinau, Colombo, Dakar, Dalaman, Hurghada, Mahé, Malé, Marsa Alam, Mersa Matruh, Mauritius, Mombasa, Mostar, Sharm el-Sheikh, Tel Aviv, Zanzibar1B
Middle East AirlinesBeirut1B
Mistral AirPantelleria1A
Mistral AirHurgada, Tel Aviv1B
NeosAmsterdam, Brindisi, Chania, Copenhagen, Fuerteventura, Funchal, Heraklion, Ibiza, Karpathos, Kos, Lamezia Terme, Lanzarote, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Lisbon, Lourdes, Madrid, Malaga, Minorca, Mykonos, Palma de Mallorca, Porto Santo, Rhodes, Satorini, Seville, Skiathos, Tenerife-South1A
NeosAgadir, Aleppo, Amman, Antalya, Antigua, Aqaba, Banjul, Boa Vista, Cairo, Cancún, Cap Skirring, Djerba, Dubai, Havana, Holguin, Hurghada, La Romana, Larnaca, Luxor, Marka, Mahé, Malaga, Malé, Marka, Marsa Alam, Merida, Mersa Matruh, Mombasa, Montego Bay, Nosy Be, Pointe-à-Pitre, Punta Cana, Ras al Khaimah, Recife, Sal, Salvador da Bahia, Samana, Sharm el-Sheikh, Tel Aviv, Zanzibar1B
Norwegian Air ShuttleOslo-Gardermoen1A
NouvelairDjerba, Monastir, Tabarka1B
Olympic AirAthens [ends 30 October]1A
Oman AirMuscat [begins 3 December]1B
Onur AirAntalya [seasonal], Istanbul-Atatürk [seasonal]1B
Pakistan International AirlinesIslamabad, Lahore1B
Qatar AirwaysDoha1B
RossiyaSt Petersburg1B
Royal Air MarocCasablanca, Marrakech1B
Royal JordanianAmman-Queen Alia1B
Saudi Arabian AirlinesJeddah, Riyadh1B
Scandinavian AirlinesCopenhagen, Oslo-Gardermoen1A
Sky AirlinesIstanbul-Ataturk [seasonal]1B
Skybridge AirOpsPerugia1A
Skybridge AirOpsSharm el-Sheikh1B
Singapore AirlinesSingapore1B
Small Planet AirlinesHeraklion, Kos, Mykonos, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes, Samos, Skiathos1A
SmartLynx AirlinesLourdes, Malaga, Tenerife-South1A
SriLankan AirlinesColombo1B
SunExpressAntalya [seasonal], Istanbul-Atatürk [seasonal], Izmir [seasonal] alicante airport1B
Swiss International Air LinesZürich1A
Syrian AirAleppo, Damascus1B
TAM AirlinesSão Paulo-Guarulhos1B
TAP PortugalLisbon, Porto1A
Thai Airways InternationalBangkok-Suvarnabhumi1B
TunisairDjerba, Monastir, Tabarka, Tozeur, Tunis1B
Turkish AirlinesAntalya , Bodrum, Istanbul-Atatürk1B
Twin JetGeneve, Marseilles1A
Ukraine International AirlinesKiev-Boryspil1B
Uzbekistan AirwaysTashkent, Urgench1B
Vueling AirlinesBarcelona, Bilbao [begins 31 October], Ibiza, Palma de Mallorca, Valencia1A
Wind JetCatania1A


  • ^1 These flights have an intermediate stop before arriving at their listed destinations, but the airline does not have local traffic rights on the leg.

Cargo airlines

Air Atlanta Icelandic
Air China CargoBeijing-Capital, Novosibirsk, Shanghai-Pudong, Vienna
Asiana CargoLondon-Stansted, Seoul-Incheon, Vienna
Atlas AirLima, Santa Maria
AirBridgeCargo AirlinesAmsterdam, Frankfurt, Maastricht, Moscow-Sheremetyevo
CAL Cargo Air LinesLiège, Tel Aviv
CargoitaliaAbu Dhabi, Almaty, Chicago, Dakar, Dubai, Hong Kong, Krasnijarsk, Liège, New York-JFK, Rio De Janeiro, Shanghai-Pudong, Sharjah, Tel Aviv, Toronto-Pearson
CargoluxLuxembourg, Maastricht, New York-JFK
Cargolux ItaliaBaku, Dubai, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Luxembourg, Osaka-Kansai, Taipei-Taoyuan
Cathay PacificDelhi, Dubai, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London-Heathrow, Manchester, New York-JFK
China AirlinesDubai, Manchester, Taipei-Taoyuan
China Cargo AirlinesAmsterdam, Shanghai-Pudong, Urumqi
Cygnus AirMadrid
DHL AviationLondon-Heathrow, London-Luton, London-Stansted
Emirates SkyCargoAmsterdam, Dubai airport, Nairobi
Etihad Crystal CargoAbu Dhabi, Tripoli
European Air TransportLondon-Heathrow
FedEx ExpressAncona, Cologne/Bonn, Frankfurt, Lisbon, Memphis, Newark, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Pisa, Venice-Marco Polo
Great Wall AirlinesAmsterdam, Chennai, Shanghai-Pudong
Kalitta Air
Korean AirNavoiy, Seoul-Incheon
MNG AirlinesIstanbul-Atatürk, Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Nippon Cargo AirlinesAmsterdam, Nagoya-Centrair, Tokyo-Narita
Polar Air Cargo
Polet AirlinesKhartoum
Qatar AirwaysDoha
Saudi Arabian AirlinesBrussels, Jeddah, Riyadh
Southern AirAtlanta, Chicago-O’Hare, New York-JFK
TAROM CargoBucharest-Otopeni
Turkish AirlinesIstanbul-Atatürk, Pristina
West Air Sweden
World AirwaysBaltimore, Chicago-O’Hare, Mexico City, New York-JFK

Traffic and statistics

Transport links


Malpensa Express at Milano-Cadorna Railway Station
Connection between the rail station and the airport
Malpensa Airport Diagram
  • Malpensa is linked to Milan Cadorna Station (connection with Milan’s subway’s Line M2 (Green) and Line M1 (Red), and the Suburban and the Regional Railway Service) by the Malpensa Express, with intermediate stops at Busto Arsizio FNM, Saronno Centrale (connection with regional trains bound for Varese and Como) and Milano Bovisa (connection with the Passante track of the suburban railways). Malpensa Express arrives at the Terminal 1, an additional bus travel is required to reach Terminal 2. Journey time is 29 minutes for non-stop services and 34 minutes for services calling at Busto Arsizio, Saronno and Bovisa.
  • A second Express service to Milan Central Station will begin with the winter rail schedule change (13th of December 2010). There will be a train every 30 minutes calling at Milan Porta Garibaldi station; journey time will be 41 minutes. During rush hours, services will also call at Milano Bovisa station and Saronno Centrale; for these services journey time will be 47 minutes.
  • Two daily High Speed (Alta Velocità) services link Milan Malpensa’s railway station, to Florence (calling at Milano Centrale, Bologna Centrale and Firenze Santa Maria Novella) and Naples (calling at Milano Centrale, Bologna Centrale, Firenze Santa Maria Novella, Roma Termini, Napoli Centrale).
  • Suburban Line S10 (Milano Rogoredo-Milano Bovisa) has been running to Malpensa since June 2010 . Trains call at: Ferno, Busto Arsizio, Castellanza, Rescaldina, Saronno Centrale, Milano Bovisa, Milano Lancetti, Milano Porta Garibaldi M2 (Green), Milano Repubblica M3 (Yellow), Milano Porta Venezia M1 (Red), Milano Dateo and Milano Porta Vittoria.
  • There is also a shuttle connection between Malpensa Airport railway station and Busto Arsizio FS . From here there are connections with Milan’s railway stations of Milano Centrale and Milano Porta Garibaldi.
  • The Malpensa-Varese-Mendrisio (CH)-Lugano (CH) line is being built and will be finished by 2012. There are future plans also to connect Gallarate Station (FS) and Milan’s Centrale Station (FS) allowing for easy connections onto high-speed international lines.


Malpensa airport Shuttle and Malpensa Bus Express connect the airport to Milan Central Station (Trenitalia’s National Railway hub) and the metro. Stops at the Milan Fair are provided on request. Travel time is about an hour (longer during heavy traffic).

A free shuttle bus links Terminal 1 & 2 every 20 minutes 24 hours a day, within the airport. Travel time to go from one terminal to the other is about 15 minutes.

Malpensa is also connected by bus to Linate Airport and to various cities in northern Italy with Lufthansa Airport Bus(like Turin, Novara, Como, Varese, Bergamo and Brescia) and Switzerland.

Since February 2010, 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 the nearby Lombard provinces of Varese, Como, Bergamo airport and Brescia, those of Alessandria, Novara and Turin in Piedmont, Genoa in Liguria and also Bellinzona, Chiasso and Lugano in Switzerland ). For these destinations passengers can also enjoy an additional limousine transfer service with high-end car or minibus (max. 8 people) bookable until 24 hours.


Taxis are available at the Arrivals of Terminal 1 & 2.

Automobile connections

Malpensa Airport is connected by a four-lane highway to the A8 motorway (connecting Switzerland to Milan) and by a four-lane highway to the A4 motorway linking Milan to Turin and to the Strada Statale 11.

General Info
45° 37′ 50.18″ N
008° 43′ 41.20″ E
Elevation767 feet
234 meters
Magnetic Variation001° E (01/06)
Near CityMilano
Operating Hours24 HOUR OPERATIONS
International Clearance StatusAirport of Entry
Daylight Saving TimeLast Sunday in March to last Sunday in October

(119.0 Rwy 17L-35R)(128.350 Rwy 17R-35L)
(121.9 WEST) (121.85 NORTH avbl 0600-1200Z++, 1400-2200Z++)
(126.75 NORTH DEP) (126.3 SOUTH DEP avbl 0600-2200Z++)
Opr 0600-2200Z++
(120.025 ARR)(121.625 DEP)
Opr 0600-2200Z++

17R/35L12861 x 197 feet
3920 x 60 meters
17L/35R12861 x 197 feet
3920 x 60 meters

TypeIDNameChannelFreqDistance From FieldBearing From Navaid

FuelJet A1, without icing nhibitor.

100/130 MIL Spec, low lead, aviation gasoline (BLUE)

CAUTIONLo level wind shear possible. Some ILS users rpt false LOC capture. Multi cranesin vcnty of arpt.
FUEL(NC-100LL, A1)
LGTPAPI Rwy 17L MEHT 59′, 35R MEHT 71′, 17R, 35L MEHT 70′.
MISCLow vis special taxi pro in use.
NS ABTMTDur tkof climb std ns abtmt pro estab by opr in compliance with acft opr manual must be applied. APU not auth til 60 min before ETD or 20 min aft ATA.
RSTDRwy 17L/35R clsd dly 0100-0200Z++; Rwy 17R/35L clsd dly 0200-0300Z++ due to visual aids maint. ILS gndck ev Tue; Rwy 35L/17R clsd 2100-2200Z++; Rwy 35R/17L clsd 2200-2300Z++. Twy BA used only to enter Rwy 17R, acft max cat D, and max wingspan 157′. Twy GS proh to acft with wingspan greater than 79′.

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