At Malpensa the year 2019 ends with excellent passenger traffic results, also thanks to the closure of Milano Linate for runway maintenance and the consequent temporarily transfer of the flights to Malpensa: the airport has proved to be able to easily accommodate 28.7 million passengers.
Net of the business transferred from Linate, the traffic volume structurally amounted to 26.8 million passengers at Malpensa, with a net growth of 9.1% with respect to the previous year. This is another record-breaking achievement that is part of a 54 consecutive months of growth in which our airport has increased traffic volumes by +40%.
The year just ended led to an expansion of the flight offer by a total of 40 new services, 2 new airlines and 13 new destinations, including 2 major intercontinental flights to Los Angeles and San Francisco. Malpensa now boasts direct connectivity with 82 countries around the world served by non-stop scheduled flights. 2019 therefore marked a further increase in the quality of both customer portfolio and the network, with solid and structured growth in all the main reference markets: domestic (+19.6%), European (+5.8%) and intercontinental (+11.2%).
The year 2020 is now opening up to difficult challenges but with positive prospects at the moment thanks to the planning of 10 new services, 4 new airlines and 7 new routes including 3 new intercontinental flights: Eva Air on Taipei, All Nippon on Tokyo and Gulf Air on Bahrain.
In terms of cargo traffic, Malpensa closed 2019 with 545,000 tonnes, slightly down compared to 2018 (-2.4%).
The result reflects the global air cargo trend characterized by a constant drop in demand both in imports and exports, a consequence of the global trade slowdown. In the last quarter, however, Malpensa showed signs of recovery, thanks in particular to the development of e-commerce, with performance above the Italian average, and of some major European airports.
The main innovation for 2020 in the cargo sector will be the completion of DHL's new warehouse and the start of hub operations in the second half of the year.