A guide to Milan Linate Airport (LIN)

Milan Linate Airport has been rebuilt twice in the almost 100 years it has been in operation. Serving almost 10 million passengers a year, LIN is the third international airport in Milan.

The Milan skyline. Image credit: scaliger/iStock
The Milan skyline. Image credit: scaliger/iStock

Because Milan Linate Airport, which uses the airport code LIN, is so close to the city center of Milan, only a limited number of flights are allowed daily, which are restricted to domestic flights or international flights within the EU only. Use this helpful airport map to find your way around the airport’s single terminal.

Airlines operating out of Milan Linate Airport

The following airlines fly out of Milan Linate Airport to destinations within Italy and throughout Europe. Some airlines, notably Alitalia, add seasonal vacation destinations to their available itineraries during the summer.

  • Aer Lingus
  • Aeroflot
  • Air Baltic
  • Air Berlin
  • Air Canada
  • Air France
  • Air Italy
  • Air Malta
  • Alitalia
  • Alitalia Express
  • American Airlines
  • Blue Air
  • Blue Panorama
  • British Airways
  • Brussels Airlines
  • Bulgaria Air
  • Delta Airlines
  • EasyJet
  • EasyJet Europe
  • Ethihad Airways
  • Iberia
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
  • Lufthansa
  • LuxAir
  • SAS Scandinavian Airlines
  • Silver Air
  • TAP Air Portugal
  • United Airlines
  • Vueling Airlines

Airport lounges at Milan Linate Airport

Milan Airport offers four airport lounges, two of which are specifically intended for the use of Club SEA members. Those who frequently use Milan Linate and Milan Malpensa Airports can join the Milan airports’ ViaMilano program (Think of it as a frequent flyer program for airports rather than an airline) to have access to Club SEA amenities. Staff representatives provide personalized check-in and boarding assistance to Club SEA members, including the Fast Track amenity that provides priority access when transiting security. Club SEA can also facilitate restaurant and hotel reservations, and members enjoy access to both Via Milano lounges at Milan Linate Airport.

Sala Leonardo

The Sala Leonardo lounge, which is located near Gates 17 and 18 in the boarding area of Linate Airport, is one of two Via Milano lounges accessible by Club SEA members. The lounge is also available to premium passengers on Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa, Air Italy, and Air Malta, and Priority Pass, DragonPass, Lounge Key, Lounge Club, and Diners Club members may also use the lounge. Other passengers may purchase day-passes to the lounge.

This stylish lounge, which features the work of Italian artisans and designers, serves a buffet featuring sandwiches and a few hot dishes, with an à la carte menu also available during certain hours. TVs, free Wi-Fi, and digital newspapers and magazines are also offered to guests. A small smoking room and work area are available, as is an area to stow your luggage.

Sala Piranesi

This Via Milano lounge, which is located in the check-in area, provides fundamentally the same services and amenities to passengers as does the Sala Leonardo, with the same access requirements. The major difference is that Sala Piranesi is a non-smoking lounge.

Casa Alitalia

This small lounge, located in the Level 1 boarding area, is intended for the use of premium passengers flying on Alitalia. Seating is comfortable and stylish, and a small cold buffet provides snacks and drinks. The lounge enjoys natural light, and TVs and Wi-Fi are available while you wait for your flight.

British Airways Galleries Lounge

British Airways premium and elite passengers, as well as oneworld premium passengers, can relax in this lounge, which is located next to the airside shopping area. The lounge features two separate business centers with computer access and plenty of outlets. The larger business center, in the rear of the lounge, also hosts a communal table in case you want to spread your work out before you fly. A small cold buffet features mostly snacks plus some pre-packaged salads, and free Wi-Fi is available.

Hotels near Milan Linate Airport

Linate Airport is so close to the city center that you may not need to find a hotel near the airport. However, if you have a quick turnaround before you fly again, you’ll find plenty of luxury hotels near Linate.

Moxy Milan Linate Airport Hotel

This eye-catching new hotel from Marriott brings high design and style of Milan to the airport. Head to the Plug and Meet gathering areas to enjoy ergonomic seating, large-screen TVs for your presentations, and walls you can write on for brainstorming with your team. You’ll find food and drinks available 24/7 in the lobby of the Moxy Milan Linate Airport Hotel, so it doesn’t matter what time your plane lands. Wi-Fi is ultra-speedy throughout the hotel, and guests can enjoy a healthy continental breakfast every morning and snacks, wine, and local beers each evening.

Novotel Milano Linate Aeroporto

Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, this four-star hotel is ready to take care of your needs. Meeting rooms are fully equipped to let you sit down with clients in privacy and an outdoor swimming pool and several green areas provide spots for relaxation. Ask about the Novotel Milano Linate Aeroporto‘s unique N’Room accommodations that provide work areas along with coffee makers and free Wi-Fi, and feel free to bring your pets, who are welcome here.

Bring your pet onl holidays at this hotel. Image credit: Prystai/iStock
Bring your pet on holidays at this Novotel hotel. Image credit: Prystai/iStock

Services at Milan Linate Airport

Milan Linate Airport offers a wide array of services to make your journey flow a little more smoothly. Take a look at the travel services available at Linate.

The Linate Center

If you need to meet with clients or colleagues but your time in Milan is short, take advantage of the Linate Center’s meeting rooms, which you can book by the hour, by the day, or by the half-day. Equipment that comes with your booking of the room includes a photocopier and audio-visual equipment such as a video projector and microphones. You can also arrange for catering, computers, reserved parking, and tech help if needed.

VIP services

Customized, high-end services are available for those who need them. Call on the airport’s VIP services office to book services if you need a translator, assistance with passport control and check-in, and help with luggage. Your use of VIP services also gains you access to the Via Milano lounges as well as moving you through security quickly via the Fast Track program. VIP Services can also arrange for receptions for groups if that’s something you need.

Digital services

Milan Linate Airport offers a suite of digital services to help passengers get their questions answered while at the airport. Download the airport’s app to get help with ticketing and other issues, and get your questions answered by the airport’s chatbot, which is able to simulate conversation to provide the information you need. If you’re not able to use a keyboard for whatever reason, the airport’s Voice Assistant can provide information and directions.

Financial services

You’ll find branches of Banco Popolare di Milano and Poste Italiane in the airport to help you with banking issues, as well as almost a dozen ATMs scattered throughout the airport. In addition, if you need to change currency, three exchange offices are available.

Medical services

You’ll find a medical clinic if needed outside in the arrivals area. At the clinic, physicians are prepared to provide vaccinations and health certifications. Need to pick up some medication or get a prescription filled? Head to the pharmacy on the ground floor in the arrivals area. You can also find pharmacy vending machines on the arrivals floor outside the terminal and near Alitalia’s check-in area on the first floor, where you’ll find a first aid station.

Special assistance is also available for passengers with disabilities and reduced mobility. Passengers seeking this assistance should contact the airport about a week ahead of their flight, and those traveling with wheelchairs, medical equipment, or guide dogs should contact their airline.

Family services

Milan Linate Airport provides a wealth of helpful services to families traveling together or separately. Unaccompanied minors between four and 14-years-old receive assistance with boarding and arrival, and families traveling with children under 12 can go through a special security lane designed to ease the process. A play area near Gate A17 provides a spot for children to get rid of excess energy before they fly.

Nursing mothers can find privacy to feed their children at the Sala Amica baby pit stop on the departures floor, where they’ll find ergonomic chairs designed for nursing, as well as a changing table. Most toilets in the airport also host changing tables.

ATM facilities are scattered throughout LIN. Image credit: YakobchukOlena/iStock
ATM facilities are scattered throughout LIN. Image credit: YakobchukOlena/iStock

Shopping at Milan Linate Airport

By joining the ViaMilano Program you can get access to its Fidelity Card, which means you can take advantage of special services when shopping at Milan Linate Airport.

Among these are the Shop & Collect program, which allows passengers traveling within the EU to shop at either the Linate or Malpensa airports, then leave their purchases behind when they board their flight, picking them up once they return to Milan. This is an ideal option if you’re buying products that are heavy or fragile. the program also lets you buy perfumes and other bottled products with no restrictions.

Linate Airport also makes it easy for qualified shoppers to get a VAT refund. If you live outside the EU, you’re eligible for this 22 percent refund (or, in some cases, a reduction) when you spend a qualifying amount on purchases intended for personal use. The items eligible for VAT refund include clothing and accessories, toys, cosmetics, alcohol, gold jewelry, and computers, phones, and other electronics. To get your VAT refund, you simply have to turn in an electronic invoice at the airport’s VAT refund station, and you’ll receive your refund in cash or as a credit on your credit card.

Shops in Linate Airport

Enjoy shopping for fine clothing at several designer shops in Linate Airport. Brooks Brothers and Camicissima can take care of men’s sartorial needs, and women can update their travel wardrobes at Pinko. Women can find the basics at Calzedonia, Intimissimi, or Victoria’s Secret, or pick up a new handbag at Mandarina Duck or Piquadro. You’ll find something fun to wear on your vacation at Gallo or United Colors of Benetton, and sunglasses await you at Nau! Pick up travel essentials at Carrefour Express or Hudson, and choose a new journal to take notes during business meetings at Moleskine.

If you’re looking for a unique gift to bring home, check out the jewelry at DoDo. You’ll find the duty-free luxury goods you want, including fragrances, liquor, electronics, fashion, and accessories, at the Dufry Shops. You can also update your travel electronics at SBS, or pick up a new watch at Swatch.

Dining at Milan Linate Airport

Since Milan Linate is a smaller airport, dining options are limited, but you’ll find plenty of quick-serve spots with excellent food, and at least one table-service restaurant that will make you glad you showed up at the airport early. Choose from these top options at the airport:

  • Briciole: From healthy salads to decadent pastries, you’ll find plenty to like at this quick-serve spot. Check out the filled flatbreads and sandwiches as well.
  • Ferrari Spazio Bollicine: Toast your traveling companions or the success of your business trip at this elegant wine bar.
  • Motta: Milanese cuisine is on the menu at this quick-serve spot, and don’t miss the tantalizing sweets.
  • Puro Gusto: Iconic Italian dishes are paired with espressos, mochas, and other coffee drinks at this spot that emphasizes simplicity.
  • Tentazioni Cafe: Panini, coffee, and snacks fuel this grab-and-go choice.
  • Bagel Factory: American-style baked goods lead the way at the first American coffee shop in Milan.
  • Caffe Milano: More Milanese specialties tempt you to this quick-serve spot that features risotto alla Milanese and panettone.
  • Panino Giusto: This table-service restaurant turns the simple sandwich into high art.
  • Michelangelo: You’ll find this restaurant in the Michelin Guide, and you’ll enjoy it as an oasis in the airport. The runway views are inspiring, and fine Italian cuisine is sophisticated and superb. Plan on over an hour to truly enjoy the experience of dining here.

When you land at Milan Linate Airport, your journey isn’t quite done yet. Making your final connection in comfort and style gets your travels off to a good start, so book a reliable Blacklane car service for that last leg of your trip.