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Malpensa extends railway line to easyJet’s Terminal 2

by Marco Morino

The Malpensa Express service, the train that connects central Milan with Malpensa International Airport, was just extended in order to arrive at both of the airport’s two terminals. The €115 million project was carried out by Ferrovie Nord and it transfers between Malpensa’s new terminal and the old terminal (where easyJet flights arrive) in five minutes—greatly improving train access to Lombardy’s largest airport.

“Terminal 2 is a fundamental part of Malpensa’s identity: we want to strengthen our partnership with easyJet, and the extension of this two-line railway will help us develop that,” said SEA president Pietro Modiano describing the new line.

“The natural continuation of this project will be the T2-Gallarate line: a strategic, five-kilometer section that would connect Malpensa with the railway network coming from Northern Europe. In order to accomplish this, we can count on €180 million already set aside as part of the Lombardy Pact, which was just signed by the government and approved by the CIPE [the Interministerial Committee for Economic Planning],” added Lombardy Regional President Roberto Maroni.

The FNM group (through Ferrovie Nord) coordinated this project, which was divided into two parts. Part one, which was carried out by SEA, was building the railway station at Terminal 2 (cost: €38 million). Part two, which was contracted out to Ferrovie Nord (€77 million), was building the railway line itself and all of the railway machinery, including inside the Terminal 2 easyJet station.

The overall budget (between the railway line and the station) came to €115 million: a €31 tranche was supplied by the region of Lombardy; €45 million came from the ministry of Infrastructure, €16 million from SEA and the European Union agreed to co-finance up to €23 million.

Just over three years since the beginning of the project (a total of six years from the beginning of the preliminary planning to the actual opening of the line), the railway and the T2 station are finally ready.

The plan also foresaw extending the line further to the Sempione railway line, then ‘closing the ring’ at Gallarate, in order to completely integrate the regional and international network (4.6 km to Gallarate, with a 1.1 km junction towards Casorate). Research and preliminary planning for this extension are already underway, thanks to co-financing by the European Economic Community.