Following the Etihad Airways (IATA Airline Code – EY) Premium Airline Partner program announcement on October 8, 2014. Air Berlin (AB) announced today that it will be moving its Milan operations from Malpensa (IATA Airport Code – MXP) to Linate (LIN) as at October 26, 2014.
The following is a map of Milan, Italy with information on both airports. As the map shows, LIN is much closer to city centre than MXP and is reachable by taxi within 15 to 20 minutes. It is also used by Alitalia (AZ) for its operations and has limited presence from other international carriers.
AB will switch its Dusseldorf, Berlin Tegel and Vienna flights to LIN starting October 26, 2014.
This is just the first of many moves taken by the new Etihad Premium Airline Partnership airlines to gain efficiency and cost savings.
The move also generates unique advantages for both AB and AZ (combined or individually):
1. AB has access to Linate which is very limited to foreign airlines as there is a movement restriction (i.e. number of flights available for departure or arrival per an hour)
2. Easy access to the city center compared to MXP
3. Easy transfer of passengers between both partners
4. Code-sharing opportunities for both partners
5. AB would benefit from a bigger network than AZ