Two direct flights Milan-Lourdes a week.
Milan’s faithful will have two opportunities per week for a direct flight from Malpensa to the pilgrimage destination of Lourdes, starting in May, and costing from €69 one way.
The flights will be on board Boeing 737-400s from the fleet of the British-Italian joint venture airline Alba Star, based in Palma de Mallorca but with an operational base at Malpensa. Alba Star operates routes to Mediterranean holiday venues, but is mainly specialised in pilgrimages. They also operate pilgrim charters to Jerusalem and Medjugorje.
Alba Star inaugurated flights from Rome and Bergamo to Lourdes last summer to be prepared for the Catholic Church’s Jubilee of Mercy, and their company standard was blessed by Pope Francis before the first flight.
Its fleet of four 737s is equipped with modular stretchers which can be mounted or dismounted in flight for disabled or sick passengers. Occupying the space of six regular seats, they provide privacy curtains as well as the possibility for medical staff to sit right next to them.
In a ceremony at Malpensa last October, one of their 170-seater, single-class airliners was dedicated to Milan’s patron St Ambrose with a blessing by the city’s auxiliary bishop Erminio De Scalzi.