Travelers from Milan and the surrounding region have three airports from which to choose.
Milano Malpensa Airport (MXP) is the primary airport in the area and the busiest international airport in Italy. Located 45 km (25 miles) northwest of Milan, the airport serves as a hub for Alitalia, Blue Panorama Airlines, EasyJet, Livingston, Meridiana and charter airline Neos Air. The most popular destinations within Italy are to Catania, Naples and Rome. The busiest EU routes are to Madrid, Barcelona and Paris. The busiest non-EU international routes are to Dubai, New York and Istanbul.
Milan Linate Airport (LIN) is located about 8 km (5 miles) southeast of Milan, and serves as a mini-hub for Alitalia. The airport primarily offers domestic flights as well as short-haul international flights. The busiest domestic routes are Rome, Catania and Naples. The most popular EU destinations served are London, Paris and Amsterdam.
Il Caravaggio International Airport (BGY) is located 45 km (28 miles) northeast of Milan. The airport, which is popular with low-cost carriers, offers flights within Italy, to other points in the Europe and to a limited number of destinations in Turkey, Egypt and Morocco.
With three area airports offering countless flights to other European cities, Milan residents and visitors are perfectly positioned to take weekend trips to countries across Europe. London, Paris, Amsterdam and Barcelona are some of the most popular vacation destination.
From Malpensa, British Airways and EasyJet offer flights to London. Alitalia, British Airways and EasyJet fly to London from Linate. And Ryanair flies to London from Il Caravaggio. Travel time is about two hours.
EasyJet flies to Paris from Malpensa. And Air France, Alitalia and EasyJet fly from Linate. Flying time to Paris is about 1.5 hours.
From Malpensa, EasyJet flies to Amsterdam. Alitalia and KLM fly to Amsterdam from Linate. It takes about two hours to fly from Milan to Amsterdam.
EasyJet and Vueling fly from Malpensa to Barcelona. Alitalia flies there from Linate. And Ryanair flies to Barcelona from Il Caravaggio. Travel time is about 1.5 hours.
A host of low-cost carriers fly from Milan’s airports. And because full-service carriers will often lower fares on these routes to complete, it means that all travelers benefit regardless of the airline they choose.
If you’re looking for cheap airfares, be sure to search all three Milan-area airports and look at all available carriers. Among the budget choices: EasyJet (which flies from Malpensa and Linate to cities including Brussels, Casablanca and Rome), Ryanair (which flies from Il Caravaggio to cities including Athens, Dublin and Tangier) and Germanwings (which flies from Malpensa and Linate to destinations including Berlin, Cologne-Bonn and Hamburg).