Luqa Malta International Airport

Milan–Malpensa Airport: A Hub of European Aviation


The Milan Malpensa Airport is the chief airport of Milan and serves as a hub for Cargolux Italia, Alitalia, EasyJet, Meridiana, Neos Air and Blue Panorama Airlines. It is a public airport currently under the operations of SEA Aeroporti di Milano.

The Milan-Malpensa Airport is the largest airport in the Milan Metropolitan area of northern Italy serving over 15 million inhabitants within Liguria, Piedmont and Lombardy.

The airport currently operates with two runways and terminals. Construction of A third runway commenced in 2014 and is due to be completed in 2017. This airport has CargoCity, which is a terminal dedicated to Cargo and handles over four hundred thousand tones of traffic annually. The passenger flow at the Milan Malpensa airport has grown over the past few years currently standing at over 18.5 million passengers in 2014, a five percent increase from 2013. Today this airport is amongst the top thirty busiest airports in Europe in terms of passengers. The Milan Malpensa Airport and the Rome Fiumicino Airport are the two leading airports in Italy in terms of transnational passenger traffic. However, the Malpensa airport holds the lead in terms of freight and cargo.



The area within which the Milan Malpensa Airport is situated has been the site of aviation activities for more than one hundred years commencing on the 27 May 1910 with the construction of the flying machine by the Caproni brothers. The years after that saw various aircraft prototypes take off from that site leading to the eventual decision to have the formal patch upgraded to an airfield. Giovanni Agusta and Gianni Caproni soon founded factories on this site. This led to Italy’s largest aircraft production center.  Between the 1920s and 1930s, two squadrons of the Italian Air force were hosted on this airfield. However, this airfield was controlled by Luftwaffe of Nazi Germany upon the invasion of northern Italy by then dictator, Adolf Hitler. The arrival of the Germans led to the first concrete runway on the airfield. Upon the ending of World War II, manufacturers and politicians of the Varese and Milan regions carried out a restoration of the airfield with the aim of converting it into a pivot for the industrialization and post war redemption of Italy. This led to the construction of a small wooden terminal and the rebuilding of the runway. The Malpensa Airport officially commenced operations in 1948 despite handling flights from Sabena, Belgian national flag-carrier a year prior to its official opening. Long-haul flights commenced in 1950 with the Trans World Airlines offering flights departing Malpensa to New York Idlewild Airport. Upon a change of ownership in 1952, the decision was made to transform Malpensa to an international and intercontinental gateway with the task of handling domestic services placed on Linate Airport, Milan’s second airport. These developments led to the establishment of the then longest runways in Europe in 1962. Despite these, major European Airlines decided to transfer their services majorly to Linate Airport due to its close proximity to the city center. This followed with a decline in commercial traffic turning the Malpensa Airport to a second-class airport to Linate Airport for 20 years. However, despite the preference of Linate Airport for airlines, the absence of land for expansion at the Linate Airport meant that the Malpensa had to be reorganized. Backed by legislation and subsequent reconstruction of the airport, the Malpensa airport was opened in 1998 after an 8-year hiatus for reconstruction.


Despite the growth of the airline since then, the airline has struggled to cope through the global financial crisis of 2008. The pull out of Alitalia to Rome’s Fiumicino Airport led to an aggressive marketing that produced the arrival of Easy Jet that has made the Malpensa its second most important home, after London – Gatwick, from where it covers over 43 destinations across Europe.




Numerous airlines use the Malpensa Airport. These airlines include but are not limited to EgyptAir, Air Canada, Germanwings, Delta Airlines, Cathay Pacific, British Airways, HOP!, BMI Regional, Flybe, Etihad Airways, Eurowings and Emirates.




The Milan-Malpensa airport has been the recipient of an award for Chinese Friendly measures conferred at the Chinese Awards charity dinner in 2014.


Routes and Destinations

The Milan Malpensa Airport covers destinations across the world.  The busiest domestic route is to the city of Catania whilst the Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris, France is the busiest European route. The busiest intercontinental route is New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport.


How to Check-In

There are various ways to check-in at the airport. Airlines may through their website or mobile app provide a platform for passengers to check-in with the least possible hassle.

At the Milan-Malpensa airport two check-in methods are also provided.

Self Service Check-in - There is a platform for passengers to check-in themselves at self-service check-in machines located at different parts of the airport.

Check-in counters- manned check-in counters are available to assist passengers check-in with limited hassle with friendly staff ready to meet their needs.

Passengers are advised to check-in at the Milan Malpensa Airport as soon as possible with the recommended time being two hours prior to departure time.


Baggage Allowance

Passengers are asked to check with their airlines for their baggage allowance prior to departure. However, it is a regulation that all carry on and checked baggage carry a tag displaying the names, address and contact numbers of the passenger.


Generally allowed hand luggage must have a weight not exceeding 5 kg and a measurement of not more than 115 cm.




Passengers are advised to consult their airline for the seating regulations as these differ from one airline to the other


Booking Fees


Airlines set their booking fees in accordance with the destination so passengers are requested to find out the cost of traveling to their intended destination from their airline.

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 Airport Contact Details

Luqa Malta International Airport

LQA 05,

Tel:+356 (0)2124 9600
Fax:+356 (0)2124 9563


Malta International Airport plc

 Location Details

Longitude:14° 28' 39'' E
Latitude:35° 51' 26'' N

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