On Monday, June 15, Terminal 1 of Milan Malpensa returns to operation with the closure of Terminal 2, the only airport infrastructure in Lombardy which has constantly guaranteed the connections for passengers and goods since March 16.
The reopening of Terminal 1 is currently necessary, due to the increase in the number of flights and passengers. From June 3, the airport has registered a slight recovery in traffic, which went from 3,000 passengers in the week April 6-12( -99.5% YoY) to 22.396 passengers in the week June 1-7(-96.9% YoY).
The airport expects the number of passengers to increase in the upcoming weeks, making the spaces inside terminal 1 more suitable to ensure the application of the safety rules and social distancing of at least one meter between passengers.
Malpensa Terminal 1 will be operational, in full compliance with the health regulations for passengers and airport operators and will be participating in the project launched by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for the implementation and monitoring of the health measures developed by EASA and the authorities of the respective countries.
New ways of accessing the terminal and ad hoc routes to regulate the flow of passengers have been introduced at Malpensa in compliance with ENAC directives.
At the entrance to the terminal, body temperature checks will be carried out using a thermal scanner. Check-points are at doors 13 and 19 at the departures level, at doors 2 and 7 at the arrivals level, and on floor -1 for passengers arriving from the multi-story car park or the railway station.
If the device detects fa body temperature higher than 37.5 °C, a medical check-up is provided.
The exit from the terminal will be allowed at doors 16 and 17 at the departures level, and doors 4 and 8 at the arrivals level.
Inside the airport, all passengers must respect all the behavioral rules necessary to avoid contagion, including wearing a protective mask and keeping a distance of at least one meter from others.
The management company has also adopted other significative measures to guarantee maximum safety from a hygienic and sanitary point of view, as sanitation of the entire airport perimeter in both internal (check-in counters, metal detectors, storage containers, seats, handrails of escalators, toilets, and elevators) and external areas, and the installment of over 250 sanitizing gel dispensers.
SEA has also started a communication campaign inside the airport, inviting all passengers to respect prevention rules essential to preserve our health and to fly in complete safety.
"We are recording slight signs of recovery - commented Armando Brunini, CEO of SEA - and we hope that restrictions on circulation within the Schengen area will be removed by fall, with a further increase in traffic. Nonetheless, we know that we should wait a few years to return to pre-COVID-19 traffic levels.
I thank all the colleagues and all the other operators and airport bodies - concluded the CEO of SEA - who, even in extremely complicated working conditions, guaranteed Malpensa operations and ensured essential connections for passengers, goods, and medical equipment that have contributed to fight the most acute phase of the emergency during these months ".