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May 2019 - July 2021 Airport expansion and makeover.    
    May 2019 - April 2021 Airport expansion and makeover.
December 2018 - October 2019 Renovation of BHS.    
    December 2018 - October 2019 Renovation of BHS.
May 2019 – October 2019 Runway rebuilding.    
    May 2019 – October 2019 Runway rebuilding.


The modernization works that have affected Linate this summer are just a step in a process that began in 2017 with the restyling of the façade and that will end in 2021 with the handover of a new city airport to the city of Milan.

To better understand this great restyling operation it is important to know all the steps.

2018: the new Milano Linate facade and the Leonardo VIP Lounge

May 2018 saw the end of the first step (built with an investment of 8.3 million euro), with the inauguration of the new look of Linate: the facade re-designed by architect Pierluigi Cerri, simple and modern lines gave the airport a renewed appeal, white and glass transparencies of the components were dominating. The colour choice, as the architect explained, was not random: it indicated that Linate was going to take on, minute by minute, the varied colours of the Milan dawn and dusk as they appear to the passengers. “Why choose only one colour when you can have them all?”

In addition to the restyling of the Linate facade, the new Leonardo VIP Lounge was built, dedicated to the airport’s business customers: it has been expanded and furnished with design elements to embody the charisma and comfort of the Italian style.


After the first restyling works in 2018, we moved on to the second part, more important in terms of safety and economic commitment (21.8 million euros investment). From July 27 to October 27, 2019 Linate was closed for work on the runway, 2.4 km long and 60 meters wide, and the taxiway, as required by current legislation that requires maintenance every 15/20 years. The runway has been completely resurfaced, with a total thickness of about 60 cm, and the concrete runway ends have been replaced with more flexible, modern and safe cement runway end. This type of operation is only possible during the summer, since the processing of the track and its components requires a stable, fine weather, and a warm climate to be brought to its best.

Another part of the work concerned the installation of the four new BHS systems (Baggage Handling System), i.e. the system that handles baggage and prepares it before loading it onto the aircraft (10.9 million euros investment). These latest generation systems allow more accurate control of baggage, increasing safety levels and shortening control and sorting times.

Road to 2021:

The third and final stage is the one that will be most visible to passenger once completed. It concerns the restyling and enlargement of the terminal (for an investment of 27.2 million euros). Its purpose will be to create a new shopping area (mainly dedicated to business and able to meet the tastes of our business customers), a food & beverage area (where freshness and quality of food will be the focus of the offer) and larger, brighter and more welcoming spaces to make passengers' journeys more enjoyable. As you can see from the timeline, this stage began at the same time as the start of the runway renovation work, but will not be completed when Linate reopens on 27 October, but will continue until mid-2021. At the end of these three phases, Linate will be a modern and state-of-the-art city airport, devoted to welcoming passengers and always guaranteeing that they can always enjoy the maximum in terms of safety, comfort and service.


Why is Milano Linate closing?

Linate is closing to enable re-laying of the take-off and landing runway, of the taxiway, and for modernising the Baggage Handling System (BHS) system. At the same time as passengers safety improvements will be going on the works for expanding and restyling the airport will commence begin.

When will Milano Linate be closed?

Linate will be closed starting the evening of 27th July and will re-open at 06.00 am, 27th October 2019.

Why is this work carried out during the Summer season?

The re-laying work on the runway is by its nature suited only to the Summer period, as the work involves the use of asphalt for the covering of the runway itself. This type of work needs good weather and high temperature, in order to obtain best results. Given this forced interruption (every 15/20 years all airports are obliged by law to re-lay runways), it was decided to take this opportunity for other operations on the BHS and for expanding the airport, so as to optimise efforts in terms of operativity and keep the closure period and the inconvenience to the passengers to a minimum.

What will happen to the flights bound to and from Milano Linate?

During the period of closure, almost all the flights scheduled from and to Linate will be transferred to Malpensa, a few flights will be diverted to Bergamo Orio al Serio Airport. Contact your airline to get more detailed information on the status of your flight.

Has Milano Linate been closed for the re-laying of the runway before?

Yes, the most recent renovations were in 1982 and 2002. In both cases inconvenience was kept to a minimum.

Why does Milano Malpensa never close down?

Differently from Linate, Malpensa Airport has two runways, thus it can operate (though more slowly) even during works for re-laying the tarmac. When one runway is out of use, the other one can, in any case, support a certain degree of traffic, enabling the airport to remain functional. Having only one runway, Linate is forced to interrupt its services for a while.

Will there be an increase of the connections between Milan and Milano Malpensa Airport?

Yes: better connections are being set up between the stations of Milano Cadorna, Milano Garibaldi, Milano Nord Bovisa and Milano Centrale operated by Trenord (visit the Trenord site to see prices and timetables). In addition to the trains, bus services will link Milan and Malpensa. The Municipality of Milan, in partnership with SEA, will provide a special taxi service to share point-to-point travel from and to Malpensa Airport with special offers on prices. Visit our special section on the Malpensa site for more details.

How to get the most out of Milano Malpensa?

Malpensa will be working normally, being an airport built to withstand a volume of traffic even bigger than the traffic that there will be while Linate will be closed. Bearing this in mind, we still advise all passengers to reach the airport well on time before boarding, so that they will enjoy their waiting time at the airport in a more serene state of mind and appreciating the shops in Terminal 1 at Malpensa.

What will Milano Linate look like when it re-opens on 27th October 2019?

The runway will be completely new and safer; this is our starting point. The airport works will, however, still be incomplete: they are scheduled for the first half of 2021. Therefore, on the re-opening of Linate, passengers will not be presented with a finished airport; but they will be able to observe the state of advancement of the works. Don’t worry, the airport will be 100% functional, and on conclusion of the works you will find that it has truly been worth waiting for.

When will the restyling works at Milano Linate be completed?

The completion of the third and final phase of the restyling of Linate is scheduled at the half of 2021.

What will New Linate be like?

New Linate will be luminous, modern and welcoming, with a particular attention to the design and harmony of spaces, in a word: Milanese. The improvements under way have taken everything into consideration, from the facade to the internal spaces, from passenger safety to airport comfort. On completion of the works New Linate will be an airport conceived to place people at their ease, with a renewed commercial offer and a greater orientation towards the business clientele; offering all the services which an European-level city airport should provide.