Cargo traffic

Cargo traffic

Milan airport system holds first place in Italy and fifth place in Europe for cargo traffic volumes.
In 2016, cargo traffic operated by Malpensa and Linate airports amounted to over 549,000 tons , recording an increase of over 36,900 tons (7.2% as a system, 7.4% Malpensa, 1.0% Linate).

Cargo traffic

Such positive trend (particularly in the last four months, with a 13% growth over the previous year) marked a new record for cargo transported at Malpensa, with nearly 537,000 tons . In particular, we note  Cargolux Group's investments (+18.4%), which reconfirmed its position as leading carrier with a market share of 17.7% of transported cargo.
DHL consolidated its presence at Malpensa with a growth of 21% over the previous year. Traffic flows were characterized by steady a growth in exports (+8.7%) and a recovery on imports (+5.4%).

Cargo traffic managed by Milan airport system

All-cargo traffic performance showed an increase of 8.9% to 387,000 tons of cargo transported. Other all-cargo carriers that contributed to development during the year were: Cargolux (+18.4%), AirBridgesCargo (+31.3%) and Etihad Airways (+26.2%).
Belly traffic grew by +3.5%, reaching 150,000 tons of transported cargo. Among carriers with mixed-configuration aircraft, Emirates is the main carrier in terms of quantity of moved goods, while the main increases on the previous year were achieved by: Alitalia, Oman Air, Qatar Airways and Singapore Airlines.

Malpensa - Arriving and departing cargo on all flights (cargo and passenger) 2016 (tons)

Total cargo

Source: SEA

Linate - Arriving and departing cargo on all flights (cargo and passenger) for 2016 (tons)

Total cargo

Source: SEA

Cargo traffic served by airports operated by SEA showed significant differences depending on final destination areas.

Malpensa - Distribution of cargo traffic by destination geographical area (% on total cargo volume)

Geographical area201620152014
Middle East28.829.831.6
Far East27.226.025.8
North America15.115.816.7
Central/South America2.52.92.4

Source: SEA

Similarly to other major European hubs, operational complexity that characterizes cargo operations at Malpensa and the multiplicity of operators interacting in an integrated manner, contributing to deliver the expected end result to the sender or recipient, prompted SEA to set reference values and quality targets for the main parameters that characterize cargo handling processes at airport.

For this reason, Malpensa airport decided to adopt a Cargo Service Charter, in order to:

  • define levels of performance and quality meeting the expectations of operators using cargo assistance services;
  • provide SEA with a system to steer and monitor the performance of cargo services delivered at the airport in order to guarantee quality in final result.