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Milan Malpensa Airport

Milan Malpensa Airport, airport code MXP, serves northern Italy and the city of Milan with domestic and international air service. The facility has a long history with the first flights within a decade of the invention of the aircraft. Italian pioneers in aviation used a grass runway for testing some of the first aircraft of the country. Commercial air operations began in 1948 following World War II. Malpensa Airport is the largest of three airports serving the Millan area and ranks in the top 25 of European airports based on passenger traffic.

The airport utilizes two terminals to handle about 19 million passengers per year. Terminal 1 is divided into three sub-terminals with domestic and regional flights located in one sub-terminal and international flights in the second. The third sub-terminal is still under construction. Terminal 2 serves budget airlines. The two terminals provide a total of 85 gates and 14 baggage claim areas. Passengers connecting between two international flights should allow one hour between flights, passengers changing between domestic and international flights should allow at least 50 minutes between flights while connections between domestic flights can be accomplished in 40 minutes or less. Passengers are urged to check in for any flight at least two hours before departure time.

Bus service between various facilities of the airport is provided by Lufthansa Airport Bus. This service is available to passengers traveling on any airline and cycles through the route on a 20-minute cycle. Passengers with mobility problems can make special arrangements for transportation between gates through the Airport Reduced Mobility Service.

Milan Malpensa Airport utilizes two parallel runways. Both are about 4,000 meters or 13,000 feet long and equipped with lighting and instrument landing systems. The runways are certified to handle aircraft as large as the Boeing 747. Future plans for the airport include the addition of another runway to increase aircraft capacities. There are no noise or time restrictions on flight operations at Milan airport and the customs station operates 24 hours per day.

Airfreight is handled by a special cargo terminal known as CargoCity. This facility has a capacity of about 600,000 tons with bonded and secure storage, cold storage, mortuary services, and special facilities for hazardous materials. CargoCity also provides customs and inspection services including livestock and meat inspections and quarantine.

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