Milan Linate completes €40 million makeover

Work at the airport involved the architectural and functional redesign of the check-in, security filters and duty-free areas, as well as expanding the terminal to include a new area developed across three levels

After nearly two years of work, a €40m redevelopment project has been completed at Milan’s Linate Airport. The restyling of the airport was presented on June 8 with the Italian President, Sergio Mattarella, in attendance.     

According to the airport operator, SEA group the terminal project was aimed at giving Milan’s city airport a new identity that would characterise spaces, atmosphere and materials, in order to improve the traveller experience and customer satisfaction.   

Milano Linate Airport
Photo Milano Linate 

In operational areas, the project was inspired by neuroarchitecture which is neuroscience applied to architecture, aiming to create spaces capable of fostering well-being while reducing stress and anxiety to a minimum.  

To aid this, the check-in area has been redesigned with a double height ceiling including a wood-effect baffle design with plasterboard sails and LED lighting effects to enhance the perception of the surrounding space.  

Plants have also been added around the terminal to give the environment a ‘green’ feel.       

Linate’s security system has also been given an overhaul with the introduction of the Face Boarding System, where passengers can associate their biometric fingerprint with their ID and boarding pass, meaning they are no longer required to show any ID until they board, speeding up transit through the terminal. 

The airport has invested in new EDS-CB (Explosive Detection System for Cabin Baggage) machines utilising CT technology to allow passengers to avoid separating electronics and liquids from carry-on baggage, further speeding up the process. 

The main part of the redesign focused around the new terminal area, which involved the demolition of the old building to create a new three-storey space and a total floor area of 10,000m2. This work has allowed for an expansion of boarding lounges as well as the new shopping area and food court created in a double height space, allowing for natural light and a more comfortable circulation of passengers. 

The designers at Linate wanted to ensure the terminal represented Milan to the world and so a partnership has been set up with the Triennale Design Museum to enable the installation of historical works by famous Italian designers along the passenger flow.