Milano Malpensa Airport, the main international airport serving Milan, will undergo a complete makeover ahead of Expo 2015.
The non-commercial universal exposition will see thousands of tourists, visitors and exhibitors flood to the Milan region to sample a taste of Italy. To ready Malpensa for the major event, airport operator SEA Group will completely renovate all areas of the airport that have been operating since 1998 and remodel Terminal 1.
Around €30m (£25m) will be invested in renovations to the terminal’s arrivals hall and check-in level as well as the entrance to the airport from the railway station. Once complete, Terminal 1 will be expanded to 350,00m² and include 90 boarding gates, up to 270 check-in desks and 41 loading bridges.
The renovated terminal will also allow Malpensa to become the first Italian airport able to accommodate two Airbus A380 simultaneously and board passengers through three loading bridges.
A new 13,000m² shopping area offering 46 new retail outlets including a 2,500m² duty free area, will increase the total retail space in departures to 23,000m². Approximately 100 stores will be available to passengers including restaurants, bars and shops. The design of the new shopping space will reflect the Italian culture and resemble the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, one of the world's oldest shopping malls.
The overall design for the
development projects will transform Malpensa into a modern steel and
glass facility with marble floors and zinc-titanium cladding.
In addition to renovations, the airport will be launching a range of technological services including apps, real-time information services and a new e-commerce website. SEA Group has chosen itiView, a navigation software application, to allow passengers to explore the entire Malpensa Airport online.
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