MILAN MALPENSA AND LINATE AIRPORT TRAFFIC PERFORMANCE (COMMERCIAL AND GENERAL AVIATION)
|Movements||Passengers (1)||Cargo (2)|
|2018||% vs 2017||2018||% vs 2017||2018||% vs 2017|
|Total commercial traffic||283,897||4.7%||33,748.8||7.0%||569,045||-3.3%|
|General Aviation (3)||25,920||2.5%||54.3||2.7%||-|
|SEA Group Airport System||309,817||4.5%||33,803.1||7.0%||569,045||-3.3%|
(1) Arriving+departing passengers (‘000)
(2) Arriving+departing cargo in tonnes
(3) General Aviation Source: SEA Prime
In 2018 the Milan Airport System managed by the SEA Group served a total of 33.8 million passengers, 2.2 million passengers more (+7.0%) than in FY 2017.
This performance was attributable solely to Malpensa airport, which with 2.5 million additional passengers posted a gain of 11.5% on the previous year. This outcome was due to the increase in capacity in terms of both seats offered (+11.7%) and flights (+8.7%), with an equivalent load factor (77%). Domestic and European destinations contributed significantly, with increases in passengers of 29.4% and 8.6% respectively. Intercontinental routes in turn posted double-digit growth of 18.8% for North America and of 10.7% for the Far East.
By contrast, Linate airport reported a decline in passenger traffic of 3.3%, principally due to the discontinuation of operations by Air Berlin (still operating in early 2017) and Air Italy (former Meridiana), with the exception of service to Olbia (part of the local public transport service program), together with the transfer to Malpensa of Air France and KLM with effect from the April 2017. There was a further 7.4% contraction in the Milan – Rome route and a 5% decline in European routes due to the aforementioned transfer of airlines to Malpensa.
General Aviation activity at the Linate and Malpensa airports generated 25.9 thousand flights, an increase of 2.5% on 2017.
In terms of tons, the volumes handled at Linate and Malpensa were up by 3.3% and 17.7% respectively on 2017, with the average equipment passing through the two airports rising from 15.9 to 16.4 tons (+3.0%).
The cargo traffic handled by the Milan Airport System amounted to 569 thousand tons, down by 3.3% on FY 2017. This decline was primarily due to exports (-4.8%), and in particular to the negative performance of all-cargo carriers (-6.0%), following the decline in average cargo volume per flight (from 38 to 34 tons), despite an increase in flights (+3.4%).