Milan’s Linate Airport
it has been said that Milan’s Linate Airport is small and of little importance in comparison with the city’s imposing Malpensa Airport, an hour’s drive away. However, this would be like comparing a circle to a square, for Linate serves as a rapid and rational gateway to Milan’s city centre.
For the past few years, the flow of air traffic at Linate Airport (and therefore its future development) has been defined by the number 18. In accordance with restrictions imposed by the Italian authorities, the airport’s movements per hour cannot exceed this number. Traffic volumes must be kept low due to noise and environmental issues, as the airport is practically a part of the city itself – being located just 10 km from the famous Duomo di Milano.
Nevertheless, Linate has found a good niche for itself by catering to short-haul Italian and international flights, offering the perfect choice for those who value time when travelling and who wish to reach the centre of Milan in a jiffy.
Linate is quietly continuing to modernize its terminal building, which was renovated in the 1990s, by replacing the dark floor with a lighter covering, refurbishing existing retail stores and adding new ones, expanding the airport’s parking space and giving the complex’s marble façade a thorough cleaning. If your travel schedule has left you with more than a couple of hours to spare for browsing through Linate Airport’s cafés and shops, then you might consider stepping onto a public transport bus and taking it two short stops to Idroscalo, the nearby man-made lake that once served as a base for water airplanes.