Airports Milan Linate to close for three months in summer 2019

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Milan Linate airport is set to close for three months next summer.

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Over the course of runway and terminal constructions, Milan Linate airport is expected to close in the time period between July 27, 2019 and October 27, 2019. The airport´s temporary closure may result in cancelled flights.

According to aviation media, the airport has started to negotiate with Assoclearance. The Italian non-profit company coordinates the slots of Italian airports. To reduce the number of cancelled flights, Linate-flights may take-off and land at one of Milan´s other airports. Alternative airports could be Milan Malpensa or Milan Bergamo.

However, it is most likely that Milan Malpensa will take in the majority of flights. Milan Malpensa is the second largest airport in Italy and handled over 22 million passengers in 2017. The airport has the much needed infrastructure and is located near the centre of Milan as well.

In comparison, Linate airport handled over 9,5 million passengers in 2017, making it the fifth busiest airport in Italy. The airport is located 1km from the southern border of Milan. The main operator is Alitalia. Linate Airport operates with only one runway, which is why the maintenance of the runway will have such a massive impact.

Last year, the most popular destinations from Linate were Rome Fiumicino, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Amsterdam and Cagliari. Alitalia has stationed the majority of its CityLiner fleet at Linate. The Alitalia subsidiary airline operates with a fleet of 20 aircraft, including 15 Embraer 175 and five Embraer 190.


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