With its renovations still in progress, you won’t be able to use Milan Linate Airport until late October. (Shutterstock)
(CNN) — Locals call Milan “the city that never stops moving.” Districts, buildings, roads and infrastructures are constantly being adapted to meet higher standards — and that includes airports.
Milan Linate Airport has shut down for three months — from July 27 to October 27 — for a renovation of the runway and commercial terminal.
Not much, say officials.
During the three-month closure, all flights are being sent to Milan Malpensa Airport, which is a significant 53 kilometers (33 miles) away from the city center.
The distance and commute cost aside, Malpensa has prepared for the extra air traffic for months, adding some intercontinental flights and reinforced hub services. Dubbed Operation Bridge, the strategy has met municipal expectations.
“Linate’s closure and the switch to Malpensa has had zero impact on air traffic,” assures Antonio Gigli, head of North Operations at Italy’s air traffic controller ENAV. “ENAV’s teamwork has ensured the punctuality and safety of all flights even during summer’s highest traffic peaks.”
Malpensa Airport is handling the Linate traffic overflow with supplemental check-in stands, security lines, passport booths and boarding gates.
And over the past year, Malpensa Airport has undergone a series of “stress tests” to boost efficiency and crowd control as it substitutes for Linate.
A few smaller airlines have launched new direct flights to Malpensa: Air Italy from Toronto, Cabo Verde Airlines from Cape Verde and Ethiopian Airlines.
An alternative to Malpensa is Bergamo’s Orio al Serio International Airport, also 50 kilometers (31 miles) from Milan city center, servicing flights to most European cities and other Mediterranean destinations including Morocco, Turkey, Israel and Egypt. Orio al Serio is well connected to the city by bus lines, too.
Visitors may also fly into Turin or Venice and take a train ride, taking roughly an hour from the former or two hours from the latter.
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