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Master Plan Guidelines

The shift from a plan which saw Malpensa retuning to its role as a hub towards the development of an international point-to-point airport - primarily seen as something strategic and subsequently incorporated into the industrial plan - is the founding principle of the Master Plan Guidelines for 2030. At the end of the term (2030), Malpensa should register 245,000 movements according to the baseline scenario and 279,000 in a scenario with additional estimated growth. Annual passenger numbers should range between 28 to 32.5 million, whereas cargo should be in excess of 1 million tons. Following the forecasts in terms of traffic, we decided to check the airport's threshold capacity, particularly relating to flight infrastructures (runways, link roads, aprons), the most critical areas in terms of flows. This study carried out in collaboration with the ENAV, (National Air-Traffic Control Agency), cross-referenced and analyzed capacity projections and studies, leading us to a base assumption on which to establish our guidelines. Despite all the flexibility required when forecasting activities over the long-term, we believe it is reasonable to project that the current two runway layout, improved through a series of selective works, would be able to sustain volume growth up to 2030. In order to tackle the increase in cargo volumes, diversification in the types of goods (cargo, courier), as well as the increase in operator numbers, the guidelines require several steps to expand and improve the Cargo City services, further to those services offered currently as well as those planned imminently (new aircraft parking stands and new first line warehouses). Some of the new structures could be developed within the existing airport structure. Further developments, on the other hand, would involve expanding the airport by about 60 to 90 hectares immediately south of the current Cargo City to relocate the new first line warehouses and related aircraft stands, support buildings, and road links.