Milan Malpensa: A ghost airport?

On my way back from a weekend in Milan, taking an Air France flight operated by Air Corsica to Marseille-Provence, I had the (ironic) pleasure of discovering Malpensa airport, located about 50 km from Milan.
The airport, once a major hub for Alitalia, is now deserted by SkyTeam. Only intercontinental Alitalia flights remain, and in limited number (Tokyo, New York for example).
As far as Schengen flights are concerned, almost nothing, except for HOP! flights, Air One flights, or code shares with airlines outside SkyTeam such as Air Corsica, Air Baltic or Luxair.

High contribution passengers overlooked at Malpensa

Also, for high contribution passengers, the Alitalia and Air France lounges closed, leaving people booked on AF or AZ flight numbers in an airport lounge, where I had to negotiate my entry for quite a long time.

Entrance of the AF lounge in Milan Malpensa... Now closed!
Entrance of the AF lounge in Milan Malpensa… Now closed!

Entrance of the Alitalia lounge at Milan Malpensa, Schengen side... Also closed!
Entrance of the Alitalia lounge at Milan Malpensa, Schengen side… Also closed!

No Fast Track available either…

So why keep operations, even in code Share, from Malpensa, when all other flights are transferred to Linate?

Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier has been into airline blogging since 2010. First a major contributor to the FlyerTalk forum, he created the FlyerPlan website in July 2012, and writes articles with a major echo among airline specialists. He now co-runs the TravelGuys blog with Bertrand, focusing on travel experience and loyalty programs.
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