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Old Oct 8, 18, 2:11 am
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LIN closing for 3 months in 2019

Head‘s up for those travelling to/from LIN in 2019: The airport will close from 27.7.19 - 27.10.19 due to renovation works on both runway and terminal.

I wonder if BA is going to upgauge flights to MXP or add additional frequencies to MXP?

https://www.businesstraveller.com/bu...r-summer-2019/
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What a very odd 3 months to pick. Surely April May June would make more sense?
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I would have gone for Jun - Sep considering that Jul/Aug Italy is basically shut down due to holidays and those flights can be easily routed to MXP, as a leisure traveller is more keen to take the tedious journey to Varese.

Taxi drivers will celebrate, MXP-Milan centre is a €100 trip vs the average €20/30 trip from LIN.
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If I remember correctly, BLQ also has an extended closure next Summer. It'll be a good time to avoid Italian airports
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I would have gone for Jun - Sep considering that Jul/Aug Italy is basically shut down due to holidays and those flights can be easily routed to MXP, as a leisure traveller is more keen to take the tedious journey to Varese.
On the other hand: Jun - Sep is the hottest period of the year. Working conditions are certainly better during Aug - Oct: Not too hot for workers, not too cold for works.
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Taxi drivers will celebrate, MXP-Milan centre is a €100 trip vs the average €20/30 trip from LIN.
Last time I flew into MXP I caught the train to Milano Centrale - EUR11 if I remember correctly; perfectly adequate.
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Originally Posted by florens View Post
Head‘s up for those travelling to/from LIN in 2019: The airport will close from 27.7.19 - 27.10.19 due to renovation works on both runway and terminal.

I wonder if BA is going to upgauge flights to MXP or add additional frequencies to MXP?

https://www.businesstraveller.com/bu...r-summer-2019/
I happen to have a booking to LIN during that period. Nothing fro BA yet and it is still showing as confirmed on my booking. I imagine at some point BA will inform me and offer to re-book to MXP.
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Last time I flew into MXP I caught the train to Milano Centrale - EUR11 if I remember correctly; perfectly adequate.
I don't like the train option as it stops at almost every (desert) station: Malpensa, Ferno, Busto, Castellanza, Rescaldina, Saronno, Bovisa, Garibaldi and then, finally, Centrale.

Exhausting.

Cadorna is slightly better.

MXP is a nightmare if you travel for work and live in the city.
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According to the press all LIN flights will operate in that period but to MXP instead. They said no cuts in service although I’m not sure how believable that is. Therefore in theory BAs entire LIN and MXP schedule from both LHR/LCY should all land at MXP.
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If I remember correctly, BLQ also has an extended closure next Summer. It'll be a good time to avoid Italian airports
I can't find any mention of a BLQ closure for 2019 anywhere other than Sept 2018 for a few days. Where did you get the BLQ info?
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Originally Posted by george77300 View Post
According to the press all LIN flights will operate in that period but to MXP instead. They said no cuts in service although I’m not sure how believable that is. Therefore in theory BAs entire LIN and MXP schedule from both LHR/LCY should all land at MXP.
How is this even possible?
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MXP has capacity for 70 aircraft movements/hour ( http://www.seamilano.eu/sites/sea14...._inglese_1.pdf )
MXP actually moves 15000 aircraft/month (April 2018), 500/day, 50/hour for 10 hours. MXP is open 24 hours. ( Traffic data SEA Group )
LIN moves 9000 aircraft/month (April 2018), 300/day, 30/hour for 10 hours. LIN is open 16 hours/day and has capacity for 18 movements/hour so it's actually running pretty much at capacity.
So MXP probably can handle the extra 18 movements/hour even if noone combines a previously separate LIN and MXP route into one route to MXP for the duration.

Terminal capacity? http://www.seamilano.eu/sites/sea14.message-asp.com/files/imce/scheda_10.pdf says MXP T1 has capacity of 30M/year (after the expansion works completed in 2015). Currently MXP handles 22M/year and LIN 9M/year (wikipedia). MXP has, of course, two terminals.

Essentially MXP is not running at capacity and LIN has less capacity than one might think.

It l​​​ooks plausible to me.

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Old Oct 12, 18, 5:39 pm
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I happen to have a booking to LIN during that period. Nothing fro BA yet and it is still showing as confirmed on my booking. I imagine at some point BA will inform me and offer to re-book to MXP.
I’ve got a booking too.

BA have taken flights to LIN off sale, but my booking is still in tact, and EF shows the flight (with zero availability) and seat map.

I presume BA are working on what the new schedule to MXP will be and I’ll get offered that soonish.
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Originally Posted by florens View Post
Head‘s up for those travelling to/from LIN in 2019: The airport will close from 27.7.19 - 27.10.19 due to renovation works on both runway and terminal.

I wonder if BA is going to upgauge flights to MXP or add additional frequencies to MXP?

https://www.businesstraveller.com/bu...r-summer-2019/
Upgauge!?! Don’t be silly! They can’t retire the aircraft quick enough and they’re leaving themselves stretched to the max with a bunch of sardine cans. They’ll be retiring the A321s soon and replacing them
with the Shorts 360. Expect A319 and sky high prices.
Don’t like it? Fly FR and EZY to somewhere near Venice
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Real world concerns for those flying there aside ( obviously hope y'all get good alt' arrangements) im geeking out blissfully to @flatlanders post.
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