Nearly 11 million tourists visited Milan in 2019, with Malpensa leading the way as the main international airport servicing the city and surrounding area.
According to Italian daily newspaper Corriere della Sera, Milan city and the greater metropolitan area welcomed a total of 10,861,071 visitors last year, which represented a 9.2 per cent increase compared with 2018. Nearly 7.5 million tourists visited Milan city for at least one night, a rise of 9.4 per cent on the 2018 total.
Welcoming the record figures, Milan’s tourism councillor Roberta Guaineri said, “Milan has found an excellent balance between cultural, services and business offerings. We also know that those who stay briefly in the city, perhaps for work, subsequently return with their family.”
Airport authorities at Malpensa reported that 2019 had closed with “excellent results” for passenger traffic, in part due to the closure of Linate (the second of three airports operating in Milan) for runway refurbishment works and the consequent temporary transfer of traffic from Linate to Malpensa. As a result, they said, the airport had shown it could “easily accommodate” 28.7 million passengers.
Not taking into account the additional Linate traffic, Malpensa welcomed 26.8 million passengers, with a net growth of 9.1 per cent compared with 2018. “This is another record milestone that is part of a 54-month growth path in which our airport has increased traffic volumes by 40 per cent.”
Malpensa’s flight operations were expanded in 2019 by 40 new services, two new airlines and 13 new destinations, including two major intercontinental flights to Los Angeles and San Francisco. Malpensa now has direct connectivity with 82 countries around the world served by non-stop scheduled flights.
This solid and structured ongoing growth affected all the main reference markets: domestic (a rise of 19.6 per cent), European (up 5.8 per cent ) and intercontinental (11.2 per cent).
“This year now opens with difficult challenges but with currently positive prospects thanks to the programming of 10 new services, four new airlines and seven new routes”. The latter include two new intercontinental flights, All Nippon to Tokyo and Gulf Air to Bahrain, with a third (Eva Air to Taipei) suspended by the Italian government until 28 April as a precautionary measure due to the coronavirus outbreak.
In the meantime, over winter EasyJet and Air Albania both launched direct flights between Malpensa and Tirana, the Albanian capital; Vueling reinforced its schedule between the Milan airport and Barcelona, Paris Orly and Bilbao; and Air Italy began a flight plan from Malpensa to the Maldives.
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