Malpensa (MXP) Airport Guide
This is a two terminal airport with the terminal two dealing with low-cost flights with companies such as EasyJet. There are also charter flights from terminal two. Terminal one deals with domestic and non-Schengen flights. A third satellite area is currently being constructed at terminal one. There is also a terminal dedicated exclusively to cargo which is known as Cargo City. That means that it is one of the busiest cargo airports in the country. And there are plans in the future for the German airline Lufthansa to have a hub at Milan Malpensa airport and currently serves 15 different destinations. A third runway is also being built at Milan Malpensa airport. The airport serves both long and short haul destinations such as New York and Brussels.
Milan Malpensa airport was built to be the main international airport for the city, while Milan Linate airport mainly deals with domestic traffic. Milan Malpensa airport is a modern airport and terminal one was only built in 1998. Milan Malpensa airport is one of three airports which serves city of Milan in the North Italy. This is a very busy airport and it was used by more than 17 million passengers in 2009, and it has more international flights than any other airport in Italy.
The airport is located 45 miles to the north west of Milan. Most people who drive there take the state road SS336. You followed the Busto Arsizio exit from the A8 Autostrada dei Laghi which links directly with Milan. This road is also known as the Milano Varese highway. You can also take the Milano Novaro Road A4 in the other direction.
Public transport connects Malpensa airport to the other airports in Milan, Milan Linate and Milan Orio Al Serio. The Malpensa Express train can be taken to the latter airport. Milan airport was very popular with business travellers and it has excellent facilities to cater to the needs. The fly business centre has full office equipment including faxes and photocopiers. If you need it for a conference you should book ahead.
However Milan Malpensa is often unfavourably compared to the other Milan airports in terms of facilities. Yet it has all that you need including banks and bureaux de change, public telephones and post offices. Milan Malpensa airport has good facilities for disabled travellers and you should call ahead if you need assistance. As well as toilets and ramps there are also special phones for people with hearing impairments, and newspapers which are in Braille for the blind.
Malpensa airport has a good range of shops and restaurants including cafes and bars that serve cocktails. In fact there are more than 100 retail outlets across its two terminals. You can find various travel agents and chemists. In terms of general shopping there are plenty of shops which sell clothes, cosmetics and jewellery. Gucci supplies the high end Italian fashion. A shop called Football Corner near to gate A sells all of the latest sportswear.
|Milan Malpensa is excellent for duty-free shopping with one of the largest stores in the European Union. Dufry has two duty-free shops in terminal one and there is another duty-free shop in terminal two. Dufry last minute is by Gate B in terminal one while the wine and liquor shop of Dufry is near to Gate A.
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