Milan Linate Airport (IATA: LIN,IACO: LIML) is the secondary international airport of Milan, the second-largest city of Italy, behind Malpensa Airport. It served 9,689,635 passengers in 2015 and is used as a base by Alitalia and Alitalia City Liner.
The airport was built next to Idroscaloof Milan in the 1930s when Taliedo Airport (located 1 km (0.62 mi) from the southern border of Milan), and one of the world’s first arodromes and airports, became too small for commercial traffic. Linate was completely rebuilt in the 1950s and again in the 1980s.
Its name comes from the small village where it is located in the town of Peschiera Borromeo. Its official name is Airport Enrico Forlanini, after the Italian inventor and aeronautical pioneer born in Milan. Linate airport buildings are located in the Segrate Municipality, and the field is located for a large part in the Peschiera Borromeo Municipality.
Since 2001, despite Linate’s closer proximity to the centre of Milan – only 7 km (4 mi) east of the city centre,compared with Malpensa, which is 49 km (30 mi) northwest of the city centre – its capacity has been reduced by law from 32 slots per hour (technical capacity) down to 22 slots per hour (politically decided capacity) and only domestic or international flights within the EU have been allowed. That year, 2001, also saw a major accident at Linate with many illegal and non-ICAO-regulation practices and layouts part of its then operation.