This is a metropolitan airport located in the eastern outskirts, some 10 kms from downtown. Its formal name is "Enrico Forlanini", after an inventor and aeronautical pioneer (Milan, 1848-1930).
.:. On Monday October 8, 2001 a private Cessna, taxiing out of a lateral
runway where it should not have been at all, hit an SAS MD80 as it
took off, sending it ploughing into a hangar and causing 118 casualties.
The accident - the worst in the history of Italian civil aviation
- was apparently due to a human error (made by the Cessna pilot) as
well as to the fact that the airport's ground radar was not operational.
The city of Milan declared a day of mourning.
From July 27, 2019 to the early morning of October 27, 2019, Linate was not operational because of major renovation
A special shuttle-service connects with the Stazione Centrale, Milan's main railway station (info at [+039] 02 6690351). There is also an express urban bus
, the X73
, which runs to and from the city center; the X73 costs Euro 2.50, and is included in the local transport cards. Both these bus services take about 30 minutes, depending on traffic.
Since November 26, 2022, Linate is connected to the city also thanks to a first section of the metro line M4
, which is under construction. The closest station to the center is Dateo
, where the M4 crosses the Passante.