Milan’s airports to host World Routes 2020

It might have a reputation as the fashion capital of the world, but Milan is now raising its stake in the aviation sector too. During a press conference on 25 July, it was announced that Milan has been chosen as the host city and destination for the 26th World Route Development Forum in 2020.

Both Milano Malpensa and Milan Linate airports (which are operated by SEA and serve Milan and the Lombardy region) will be the host airports during the event, but the city is also serviced by Orio al Serio airport, which is managed by SACBO.

Milan is the perfect city to host the event as it is the 3rd most populated region of Europe with 10 million inhabitants and combined, Linate, Malpensa and Orio al Serio welcome over 39 million passengers annually. The development of these three airports is key to Milan’s status as a cutting-edge metropolis that is easily accessible by air from destinations around the globe. SEA’s aim is to further connect the city to the world, especially to Asia and the Americas, and hosting events such as World Routes will help achieve this.

“We have to consider positively any international event that brings an important and wide visibility in Milan and Lombardy,” said Attilio Fontana, president of Regione Lombardia. “World Routes is an event that will contribute to increase the economic development of our territory. The airports and any activity linked with them are central and important for any productive sector: for this reason it is important to sustain their development and make them as competitive as possible.”



Header image: Milan Malpensa Airport; inset top: Orio al Serio Airport; bottom inset: representatives from SEA, Milan and the Lombardy region and World Routes during a press conference to announce the host of World Routes 2020.


Written by: Chloe Greenbank

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