Coronavirus: Milan airports open for medical and repatriation flights

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The FBOs at Milano Linate Prime and Malpensa Prime are continuing to operate under preventive measures in compliance with the rules and recommendations issued by the Italian Government.

SEA Prime manages the business and general aviation infrastructure at the Linate and Malpensa airports at Milan under the brand Milano Prime. Linate is one of the busiest business and general aviation airports in Europe and together with Malpensa Prime recorded over 24,500 aircraft movements in 2019.

The Milano Malpensa Prime terminal at Milan Malpensa airport is open 24/7 and is managing rescue flights for the return of citizens residing in Italy who were blocked abroad, as well as for permitted travel. Emergency medical flights are also being managed to transport patients, devices and medical operators.

Milano Linate Prime at the Milan Linate airport is operational for medical flights only, including the transportation of organs, devices and medical operators. Maintenance flights of aircraft based at Linate are also being carried out to enable airworthiness of  aircraft to be maintained.

SEA Prime said that from the beginning of the Covid-19 restrictions around 400 movements have been handled at the two airports, a drop compared to last year but in line with the trend registered across Europe during the pandemic.

Chiara Dorigotti, CEO of SEA Prime said, “Our primary objective in this situation is to safeguard the health of passengers, crews, operators and colleagues who work every day to ensure the operations of Milano Linate Prime and Milano Malpensa Prime.

“In addition to providing staff with anti-contagion protection devices, safety is guaranteed by direct measures and information for both staff and operators, by the installation of sanitizing gel dispensers and by the introduction of protocols for cleaning and sanitizing spaces.”

SEA Prime manages includes two terminals and dedicated aprons, 11 hangars, 9 lounges, 7 meeting rooms and two VIP car parks and offers concierge services, hangaring, maintenance, dedicated security checkpoints, catering, refuelling, limousines and tax refunds.

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