Milan Malpensa Airport Informational Guide to Malpensa Airport (MXP) - NON OFFICIAL

Our Review of Malpensa Airport

Our Review of Malpensa Airport

At Plan Your Trips, we have analyzed hundreds of airports around the world, gaining a clear understanding of what users expect when visiting an airport. With this know-how, we have created this guide, placing passengers at the forefront of everything, aiming to simplify and enhance the airport experience.

In this guide, our goal is to present information in a manner that is both quick and reliable. Recognizing that passengers often have limited time and may be in a hurry, we strive to ensure that they do not waste time unnecessarily.

Another key focus of our guide is to highlight the strengths of the airport and also the weaknesses, and in some cases, offer recommendations to travelers. In alignment with this approach, we provide users with aggregated information on delays and on-time performance, analyzing both airlines and individual flights.

Pros and Cons of Malpensa Airport


Location: Malpensa Airport is located in Ferno, Varese, 49 km (30 miles) northwest of Milan. Making the journey to the city center simple.

Hub: MXP Airport is a hub for Albastar, Cargolux Italia and FedEx Express. Also a focus city for Amazon Air, DHL Aviation, Albastar, easyJet, Neos and Wizz Air, Malta Air and Ryanair.

Modern and Extensive Facilities: The airport has a lot of modern amenities, such as lots of stores, eateries, and lounges. It also has meeting spaces, personal shopping advisors, and VIP services.

Transportation: The Malpensa Express rail, buses, taxis, and rental cars all provide convenient access from the airport to Milan and other areas of the region. The accessibility of many modes of transportation makes it convenient for tourists.

Assistance for Passengers with Disabilities: Under the management of SEA, the airport provides extensive support services for travellers with decreased mobility and disabilities.



Distance from City Centre: The airport is quite far from the city, 49 kilometers from central Milan, which may cause travel times to be lengthier than at other airports that are closer to the city centres.

Overcrowding: The airport may get quite busy at times when many people are traveling. This can result in longer wait times and an unpleasant experience.

Immigration Queues: Like many major international airports, MXP also occasionally has lengthy lines at immigration, especially during periods of high travel demand.

Transfer between Terminals with Bus: Buses depart every seven minutes during the day (06:00 am to 11:00 pm) and every thirty minutes during the night (11:00 pm to 6:00 am). As a result, tourists who travel late at night may find it difficult to transfer between terminals. Instead, try using free shuttle service at night.

Mini-Guide of the Airport (2' Guide)

There are two terminals at Milan Malpensa Airport: Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. Transferring between terminals might be challenging, so you might have to use the free shuttle, & bus services. Make sure you verify the terminal from where your flight is leaving.

Transport to and from Milan: The Malpensa Express train, public buses, taxis, and car rentals all provide convenient transportation from the airport to Milan and other locations. At night, due to the limited number of public transportation, it is recommended that you use taxis or pre-arranged transports.

Check-in Areas: In terminal 1, the check-in level is located in second floor. The security check in this level handles both Schengen and non-Schengen passengers. In terminal 2 check-in area is located in ground floor.

Shops and Dining: You have a large eating and retail area including a variety of premium stores, cafes, and restaurants. There are many of alternatives available whether you’re in the mood for some retail therapy or just to have a quick bite.

Parking: There are several kinds of parking options: P2-premium, P1-long-term, and short-term. To ensure a parking place during the busiest travel seasons, reservations for parking should be made in advance.

Family-Friendly Amenities: The airport has amenities for families, including as play spaces for kids, baby changing rooms, and special places for families to check in in both terminals.

Lounges: MXP has a number of lounges that provide cozy seats, beverages, and other conveniences.

How we calculate On Time Performance

On various pages of our website, you will encounter a metric widely utilized in aviation and other forms of transportation known as OTP (On Time Performance). We believe that providing this metric assists passengers in planning their trips and exploring alternatives before purchasing their flight tickets.

We calculate the On Time Performance for all flights and airlines, when we have enough data to do so. In certain instances, it may not be feasible to accurately compute the On-Time Performance for a specific flight or airline due to inadequate or non-representative data, which could result in misleading conclusions.

Our calculation of On Time Performance and delay information solely relies on arrival times. This approach is chosen over calculating departure delays, as we consider arrival punctuality to be of primary concern to passengers.

The On Time Performance displayed on our website is calculated as follows:

  • On Time: Flights that arrive within 15 minutes of their scheduled arrival time, or earlier. In the absence of data for a specific flight, we assume the flight arrives on time, to avoid penalizing airlines for data unavailability.
  • Moderate Delay: Flights that arrive with a delay of 15 to 30 minutes.
  • Significant Delay: Flights that arrive with a delay of 30 to 60 minutes.
  • Major Delay: Flights that arrive with a delay exceeding 60 minutes.
  • Average Delay: The average delay is calculated by considering flights that arrive early as having a delay of 0 minutes. Early arrivals do not contribute to reducing the average delay calculation

Some Stats

Annual Passengers Evolution

Airlines with more flight operations (last 3 months)


27% (Total flights analyzed: 6754)


14% (Total flights analyzed: 3476)

Wizz Air Malta

6% (Total flights analyzed: 1463)


3% (Total flights analyzed: 739)


3% (Total flights analyzed: 713)

Airlines with best on-time performance at Milan Malpensa Airport (last 3 months)

Considering all airlines:

Thai Airways International

100% (Total flights analyzed: 17)

Turkmenistan Airlines

100% (Total flights analyzed: 25)

Kuwait Airways

98% (Total flights analyzed: 45)


96% (Total flights analyzed: 52)

Brussels Airlines

95% (Total flights analyzed: 139)

Croatia Airlines

95% (Total flights analyzed: 19)


94% (Total flights analyzed: 54)

Hainan Airlines

92% (Total flights analyzed: 65)

Uzbekistan Airways

92% (Total flights analyzed: 26)


92% (Total flights analyzed: 91)

Considering only airlines with more than 10 flights/week:

Brussels Airlines

95% (Total flights analyzed: 139)

Twin Jet

88% (Total flights analyzed: 211)


87% (Total flights analyzed: 247)

LOT Polish Airlines

87% (Total flights analyzed: 170)

Air China

87% (Total flights analyzed: 229)

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

86% (Total flights analyzed: 176)

Gulf Air

84% (Total flights analyzed: 127)

Turkish Airlines

84% (Total flights analyzed: 377)

Royal Air Maroc

83% (Total flights analyzed: 157)

Cathay Pacific

82% (Total flights analyzed: 141)

Routes with more flights from Milan Malpensa Airport (last month)

Barcelona - BCN (Spain): 308
Catania - CTA (Italy): 254
Madrid - MAD (Spain): 245
Olbia - OLB (Italy): 223
Palermo - PMO (Italy): 212
Paris - CDG (France): 197
London - LGW (United Kingdom): 184
Lisbon - LIS (Portugal): 176
Athens - ATH (Greece): 174
Frankfurt - FRA (Germany): 162