In the summer peak, Milan’s Linate Airport has closed for three months for major runway renovation works. Matteo Legnani reports from the Italian city to learn how Malpensa is picking up the slack.
If you ask a group of Milan locals to choose between Malpensa (MXP) and Linate (LIN), it’s likely the vast majority will opt for the latter. The complex – officially named Aeroporto Enrico Forlanini – has always been the first choice among the natives, primarily due to its proximity to the city. Situated just six miles (10km) from Duomo di Milano (the cathedral situated in the historical and geographical centre), it is so close to downtown that on clear days it is possible to see aircraft climbing out of the airfield after taking off from Runway 36.