Milano Malpensa Airport "City of Milan" , former "Aeroporto Città di Busto Arsizio" is Milan's largest airport. It is located 39.97 km (24.83 mi) northwest of central Milan, Italy. It is one of 3 airports in the Milan metropolitan area.
The airport is in the Province of Varese, within the communes of Cardano al Campo, Somma Lombardo, Casorate Sempione, Ferno, Lonate Pozzolo, Samarate, and Vizzola Ticino. The airport is connected to Milan by the Milano-Varese highway as well as by the "Malpensa Express" train starting from the Milan Cadorna railway station (LeNord regional railways) and taking about 40 minutes. It is also connected to Linate Airport by a scheduled bus service and by Milan's local transportation. The Milan airport system has a third international airport, Orio al Serio Airport, which serves low-cost traffic.
Malpensa was the 21st busiest airport in Europe in terms of passengers, handling 18,947,808 passengers in 2010. As of early 2008, Malpensa remains the top Italian airport in terms of international traffic, together with Rome Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport in terms of total passengers. As far as hub transit passengers are concerned it is also the second airport in Italy after Rome, according to ASSAEROPORTI traffic data. It is also the leading air freight gateway to Italy. Malpensa serves a population of over 15 million inhabitants.
EasyJet has a dedicated Terminal (T2) and Malpensa is the company's biggest base outside the UK.
In 2008 Lufthansa announced plans to create its first Hub outside Germany, and its fourth European hub, at Milan Malpensa airport. In October 2008, Lufthansa set up its Italian division, Lufthansa Italia. Operations commenced on 2 February 2009, however they will cease on 31 October 2011 as Lufthansa has abandoned planes to creat a hub at Malpensa airport.
Malpensa has two terminals and a third runway has been announced, with completion set for 2012. There is also a dedicated cargo terminal called "CargoCity", which currently handles over 410,000 tons of yearly traffic.