Milan Linate, Europe’s “little jewel,” which is near Milan and only 6km from the Duomo, is closing for three months (from July 27 to October 27, 2019) to have its single runway resurfaced and its terminal modernized. A first estimate suggests that about 30,000 flights and more than two million passengers will be moved from one airport to the other while the renovations take place.
By far the biggest airline at Linate is Alitalia. The Italian national carrier has many financial problems which are likely to be intensified by the closure of one of its key hubs.
Alitalia that operates the 66% of the movements in Linate announced that around 200 of its flights from Milan Linate will be transferred to Milan Malpensa, and that passengers who have already booked flights during the period of closure can choose to fly from the latter or be refunded for their tickets.
Alitalia will temporarily transfer these flights from LIN to MXP:
- Lamezia Terme
- London City
- London Heathrow
- Paris CDG
- Paris ORY
- Reggio Calabria
Customers of the Milan Linate-Rome Fiumicino route can choose between travelling to and from Milan Malpensa airport, where Alitalia will offer 9 daily services with Rome Fiumicino, or to and from Bergamo Orio al Serio airport, where the Italian airline will start 4 additional daily services with Rome Fiumicino.
Also, EasyJet, that holds many flights from Milan Linate, will probably transfer its flights to the hub of Malpensa. A spokesperson for the carrier said, “We are currently working with the airports to move our existing Linate programme across to Malpensa for the period of the closure.”
Other airlines such as AerLingus, Lufthansa, KLM, AirFrance, Brussels Airlines, Iberia, SAS, Air Italy, Blue Panorama, and British Airways already operates many flights from the bigger airport Malpensa.
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