Malpensa cargo volumes dip in 2018 but rebound expected in 2019
25 / 01 / 2019
Italy’s Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) handled 558,218 tons in 2018, a 3.2% decline on the year before, but management predicts a recovery in volumes for 2019.
A spokesperson for SEA Group, which manages Milan’s two main airports of Malpensa and Linate, said: "The slight decrease, after four years of consistent growth (averaging 8%), reflects the general slowdown of the market, especially in export.
"However Malpensa confirms its leading position in Southern Europe being the number one airport in Italy (handling 54% of the total Italian cargo) and the sixth in Europe.
"For the coming year MXP expects a recovery in the cargo volumes thanks to the development of express couriers, e-commerce and pharma."
Malpensa is located in Lombardy, Italy’s richest region and the third richest in Europe, where the population is over 10m inhabitants.
In October last year, American Airlines Cargo switched to a new 53,000 sq ft warehouse operated by handler WFS at Malpensa, to cater for growing volumes.
The building will handle the airline’s daily flights to its New York (JFK) and Miami (MIA) hubs.