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Greater practicality and more shopping opportunities: the new Malpensa –the best airport in Europe in the 10-25 million passenger category– stands alongside Linate and the subsiadiaries as one of the most advanced and innovative airports in the world

Più funzionale e con maggiori opportunità di shopping: la nuova Malpensa, migliore scalo d’europa nella categoria 10-25 milioni di passeggeri, è con Linate e le partecipate fra i sistemi aeroportuali con più potenziale e più innovazione

Pietro Modiano

Pietro Modiano

A brand new look, a revamped shopping area, and new operations. After the overhaul completed in 2015, Milan Malpensa –one of the two airports operated by Sea, the other being Milan Linate– is now looking into the future with renewed optimism. «Our strategic goal is to reaffirm Milan Malpensa’s key role in the global air transport network. A very different path compared to what, only three years ago, appeared to be leading to an inevitable decline», explains Pietro Modiano, President of Sea. «We have invested in this aesthetic and functional overhaul, debunking the myth of an alleged incompatibility with Linate. There is only a marginal competition between these two airports, which are so different in terms of users and identity».


That’s to say that in Italy’s richest catchment area, there is room for both. On the one hand, we have Linate, Milan’s city airport, which served 9 million passengers in 2015, mainly for short and medium distance business trips. On the other, Milan Malpensa, Italy’s intercontinental airport with the highest number of international operators, ranked first in Italy and sixth in Europe by freight transport, and second in Italy by passenger traffic (almost 18 million). And today, Milan Malpensa has a new look, thanks to a € 30 million investment to revamp Terminal 1 and create one of Europe’s most glamorous shopping areas. Twenty–three thousand square metres with over one hundred shops, and Piazza del Lusso (Luxury Square) and Piazza del Gusto (Taste Square) dedicated to high-end retail.

«This new brand mix makes Malpensa’s Milan’s third most exclusive high street after Via Monte Napoleone and Via della Spiga», continues Mr Modiano. «Moreover, thanks to various functional interventions, queues and waiting time have been reduced by six minutes, which are equal to 10 more for shopping. This has led to a 30% growth in retail income per passenger».

Improved check-in, boarding, and security procedures, passenger boarding bridges for the Airbus A380, innovative computerisation systems, state-of-the-art payment methods and digital services, with apps to access flight information from your smartphone or smartwatch: the change in pace is quite clear. And the award for Best Airport 10-25 million passengers at the 11th Annual Aci Best Airport Awards proves it. «But passenger traffic is the real confirmation: +11% in 2014 out of 5 million intercontinental passengers, +7% in 2015, and a further 5% increase this year».

Increasing flows from abroad is the word. «These flows depend on the territory’s attraction», underlines Mr Modiano. «As far as we’re concerned, we will keep investing in the quality of our terminals and railway accessibility. Our medium–term goal is to concentrate all the trains to and from Malpensa in one station and to double train frequency». Not to mention the negotiations under way for a possible merger with Sacbo, the company that operates the Orio al Serio airport. Such a merger would lead to the creation of one of Europe’s most important airport systems: «Our main challenge now is to find a balance between growth and the environment».

Sea is one of the very few companies in Europe to boast an Iso 50001 certified energy management system, with cogeneration and trigeneration systems in both the airports it operates. Now, Sea has achieved Level 3+ Neutrality, the highest level of Airport Carbon Accreditation for CO2 reduction. «Immersed in the Ticino natural park, Malpensa airport cannot do without sustainable development. That’s why we are working with the local territory to define a shared expansion plan that respects everyone without having to limit its potential».