Ryanair announces new routes from MXP

Airline to double passengers from and to Malpensa.

Irish low-cost airline Ryanair has announced seven new destinations to be served from Milan’s Malpensa airport from October.

Flights to and from Milan will connect with Alicante (two per week), Eindhoven (four per week), Katowice (two per week), Lamezia (two a day), Liverpool (three per week), Palermo (two a day) and Valencia (daily).

These will be in addition to routes already served. Company CEO Michael O’Leary, announcing the new timetables, said: “We shall continue to connect Malpensa with major business destinations … including Brussels and London, each with two flights a day.”

The expanded timetable, he said, will double the company’s capacity out of Malpensa, moving an estimated 1.7 million passengers per year and providing 1,300 local jobs.

O’Leary said negotiations are already under way to synchronise timetables with Aer Lingus and Norwegian, which he hoped would bear fruit in early summer this year.

O'Leary is hoping for a possible deal with Alitalia, perhaps to feed passengers from its short-haul flights to the troubled Italian airline's long-haul services.