The Linate Master Plan 2030 is based on SEA’s strategy, over recent years, to consolidate the Linate Airport as a city airport, gradually modernizing its facilities and adapting areas for new airport activity services, both inside and outside of the airport grounds.
Thus, the Master Plan aims to further open the airport up to the city. Indeed, the reconfiguration of the intermodal node, as part of the subway works, represents an opportunity to enhance the continuity of the city’s public spaces with a sequence of squares (e.g. of the M4 subway, of the terminal’s ground floor and of the Idroscalo water park dock) from the Grande Forlanini park to the Idroscalo park, connecting the airport and metropolitan subway line M4. In line with this strategic vision is the redevelopment of the east side of the airport facing the Idroscalo park, the so-called ‘waterfront’, which, in addition to creating new spaces for activities directly connected and complementary to the airport, has the potential to promote important synergies with the other planned territorial transformations. Under the current reference framework and future development prospects, significant increases in traffic levels served by the airport are not expected. This is due to current regulatory limitations (maximum 18 runway movements per hour) and the airport’s configuration in a geographical area where significant infrastructural developments are limited. The future development of the airport aims, above all, to gradually improve qualitative aspects, including, for example:
- improvements in the safety, efficiency and reliability of operations through the development of innovative technologies;
- greater comfort and a wider range of services offered to airport users;
- improved integration with the surrounding territory, also promoted by the improvement of access systems (e.g. the new metro line);
- improvements in environmental protection and energy saving.
In October 2018, a positive opinion was expressed by the Ministry of the Environment Technical Commission appointed to assess the Master Plan. The Ministry of Cultural Heritage is also reaching a conclusion, and the approval decree is therefore expected in 2019. The Ministerial Conference of Services is therefore also expected to make a decision in 2019, the positive outcome of which will enable ENAC to issue the final approval of the Master Plan.