Milano Malpensa Airport, also named City of Milan Airport and formerly City of Busto Arsizio Airport, is the largest airport for the Milan Metropolitan Area, northern Italy. Operated by SEA Aeroporti di Milano, it serves a total of 15 million inhabitants in Lombardy, Piedmont, and Liguria. It is located 40 kilometres (25 mi) northwest of central Milan, Italy, just east of the border between Lombardy and Piedmont. The airport is a major hub for Cargolux Italia and easyJet and a focus city for Alitalia, Blue Panorama Airlines, Meridiana, and Neos Air. Milano Malpensa Airport has two terminals and two runways, with a third runway scheduled for construction in 2014 and for completion in 2017. There’s also a dedicated cargo terminal called "CargoCity", which handles more than 435,000 tons of traffic each year.
What to see & do
Milan sits at the centre of Italy’s largest urban and metropolitan area. It is financially the most important city in the country. The city is literally and figuratively wealthy in historical and modern attractions, not to mention, it remains to be the marketplace for Italian fashion. Start your itinerary by checking out some of the art museums in Milan, which are mainly comprised of Italian Renaissance and Baroque. Visit Pinacoteca di Brera, Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, Poldi Pezzoli Museum, Museo del Novecento, Bagatti Valsecchi Museum, Gallerie d'Italia piazza Scala, and Civico Museo Archeologico. The city is also home to Italy’s oldest churches. In fact, Milan has more ancient and monumental churches than any other European city outside of the country. Some of them are The Duomo, Saint Mary of the Graces, Saint Ambrose, Saint Maurice, and Saint Lawrence.
How to get around within Milan
You can get around Milan via several ways. Azienda Trasporti Milanesi S.p.A. (ATM) operates a relatively efficient public transport network. The best way to navigate around the city is via Metro (short for Metropolitana), which is easily distinguished by the big, white M on a red background as a logo and has currently three lines: MM1, red (rossa); MM2, green (verde); MM3, yellow (gialla). There are also the trams (streetcars) that run above-ground on rail lines. Since Milan is known for its excellent tram system, being the second city in the world for tramway lines extension, it’s not hard to miss it around the city. It also doubles as a great way to sightsee while getting around. You can also get around by bus, which is also a comfortable option, with several routes to choose from. However, some line ends their service early, with some not offering night service at all. There are plenty of buses that link suburban cities and towns surrounding Milan. The Suburban Railway System or S-lines, which includes a special line known as Passante ferroviario (railway link), connects metro area towns with Milan. Taking a taxi is considered expensive. You can get one at designated stops, by pre-booking, or at the streets. Lastly, it’s not recommended to drive around as traffic is a problem, especially at major cities.
How to get there
From Milano Malpensa Airport, one can take the Malpensa Express Trains, the only frequent railway link between Malpensa and central Milan. The train between Malpensa and Milano Cadorna is recommended as the easiest and fastest connection if you’re coming from terminal 1 of Malpensa airport to the city centre (or vice versa). The train between Malpensa and Milano Centrale, on the other hand, connect the terminal 1 of the Malpensa airport to Milano Centrale, as well as to Milano Bovisa and Milano Porta Garibaldi. There are buses that leave every 20 minutes for Centrale Station and Linate airport. One can also take the Malpensa Shuttle directly from Malpensa Airport Terminal 2 directly to Milan. Although taxis are also available from the airport, they are expensive. Other ways of getting in by air are Linate Airport and Orio al Serio airport. You can also take the train (via Trenitalia), by car (via several main motorways that link Milan to the rest of Italy), by bus (via Autostradale), or by carpooling (via Carpooling Milano).
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