Milan has two airports, we have already compared Milan Malpensa (MPX) vs. Linate (LIN), now we review the very best airport lounges at Milan Malpensa (MPX) if you are traveling with lounge access or have a Priority Pass.
Milan Malpensa (MXP) is the second-busiest airport in all of Italy. Malpensa Airport has two terminals (1 and 2). Terminal 1, on the west side of the airport, is the newer terminal and handles almost all major international flights arriving at and departing from the airport.
Airlines flying through Malpensa Airport Terminal 1 include Aegean Airlines, Aer Lingus, Aeroflot, Aigle Azur, Air Algerie, Air Azul, Air Baltic, Air Berlin, Air Canada, Air Dolomiti, Air Europa, Air France, Air India, Air Italy, Air Malta, Air Moldova, Air Nostrum LAMSA, Air Serbia, Albastar, Alitalia, American Airlines, Arkia Israeli Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Azerbaijan Airlines, BA CityFlyer, Belavia, Blue Air, Blue Panorama, BMI Regional, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Bulgaria Air, Cathay Pacific Airways, China Eastern Airlines, CSA – Czech Airlines, Cygnus Air, Delta Airlines, Eastern Airways, EgyptAir, El Al Israel Airlines, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Etihad Airways, Eurowings, Finnair, Hainan Airlines, Iberia, Icelandair, Iran Air, JetBlue Airways, KLM, Korean Air, Kuwait Airways, LATAM Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Middle East Airlines, Montenegro Airlines, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Ryanair, Saudi Arabian Airlines, SAS Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, SWISS, TAP Air Portugal, Thai Airways International, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines, Vueling Airlines, Wizz Air and EasyJet which flies from Terminal 2.
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Free Airport Lounge Access
If you have not paid for Business Class or First Class, you can access lounges at this airport for a fee or for free if you have a Priority Pass. Get an unlimited Priority Pass with the Amex Platinum card, or you can also access most Priority Pass lounges for free using the free American Express Gold with its two free Lounge Club passes. To get extra referral points and advice on these free-lounge-access cards and more, have a read of our best credit cards for luxury travel.
1. Emirates Lounge
The Emirates Lounge Malpensa is the best airport lounge at Milan Malpensa (MPX). It is really large and L-shaped with floor-to-ceiling windows. It has great views of the planes and the distant runways. There is lots of mustard seating and gold edging to the units. Intricate partitions give it an Arabic feel.
Although this is the best airport lounge at Malpensa, it remains a rather dated lounge without much flair. It feels like a bunch of Emirates seats has been squashed into an L-shaped airport room. The good news is that the food is good.
The dining area features dining tables with seats, various drink stations with a coffee machine, tea selection, soft drinks, liquor, beer, wine, and a food buffet. On the buffet, there are all sorts of plated up preprepared dishes. Things like smoked salmon, salads, cut fruit, cut veggies, dips, and cold cuts.
Then there is an additional main buffet, with mac and cheese, green vegetables, aubergine with mozzarella, chicken, a cod dish, etc. Plenty of good quality food to fill you up. There is also soup and cakes, and there are private toilets and showers in this airport lounge.
2. Milan Malpensa British Airways Lounge
Malpensa MXP is a modern (ish) Terraces lounge with good food and drinks, including alcohol. The Malpensa lounge is large and fairly good, but Malpensa is quite a way out of town, around 80km away, which is expensive by taxi and can take a long time! There’s an express train to get to MXP if you can get to a station on the right train line. Otherwise, it is far less convenient than Linate, so fly BA out of Linate and use the BA Linate airport lounge if possible.
Until last year, the Milan Malpensa British Airways Lounge was the best lounge when comparing the two airports, but since the refurbishment of the Linate lounge, the Malpensa lounge is now the one showing its age and is the worst of the two lounges.
The food on offer is similar to the Linate lounge but without the hot options. Breakfast includes biscuits and cakes, corn flakes, cereal boxes, nuts, and green olives along with olive bread, cheese and ham wraps, sandwiches, eggs, fruit, juice, and soft drinks (bottles, not cans).
3. Sala Monteverdi Lounge
Dedicated to Schengen flights, Monteverdi Lounge is located in the boarding area of Malpensa Terminal 1 (Second Floor). It is open every day from 6:00 am – 9:00 pm. It is a Club SEA lounge, a club that hosts four airport lounges at Malpensa.
If you regularly fly out of Milan Linate and Milan Malpensa Airports, you can join the Milan airports’ ViaMilano frequent flyer airport program and become a Club SEA member. This will give you access to Club SEA amenities, including priority access when transiting security and entrance to both Via Milano lounges at Milan Linate Airport.
Sala Monteverdi can be accessed by travelers who fly on Air France, Finnair, Iberia, TAP Portugal, and Priority Pass members and Club SEA members. Sala Monteverdi can be found in the same area as gates A1-10. Air France, Finnair, Iberia, TAP Portugal, etc.
This lounge is spacious and clean, but there are no windows, and the buffet offers food, including sandwiches in cling film, yogurt, cereal, cheese, croissants, muffins, and other pastries. There are even two hot dishes to fill up on; one vegetable and one meat. There are plenty of wines and spirits, as well as sparkling wine, a coffee machine for hot drinks, and two fresh juice dispensers. There are also some nice bathrooms and showers in this lounge.
4. Sala Pergolesi Lounge
Sala Pergolesi is another Priority Pass departures lounge at Malpensa. Pergolesi Lounge is dedicated to Extra-Schengen flights and is located on the Second Floor of Malpensa Terminal 1. Sadly it can get hectic and is a little dingy. It’s not a great lounge.
The Wi-Fi and buffet are free, and the buffet food includes sandwiches and wraps, yogurt, cereal, cheese, olives, and pastries. There are plenty of wines and spirits and sparkling wine, a coffee machine for hot drinks, and two fresh juice dispensers. There are also some nice bathrooms and (paid) showers in this lounge.
5. Montale Lounge
Located in Extra Schengen Boarding Area in Terminal 1 (Second Floor), Montale Lounge is open every day between 6:00 am – 10:00 pm.
6. Sala Respighi Lounge (Landside)
Sala Respighi is landside before security. Passengers can head for the lounge, check-in their luggage in the lounge without stress, and get their boarding pass and a drink and snack before going airside. This is one of the two Via Milano lounges, so you will have access if you are a Club SEA member. You can also access this lounge if you have a Priority Pass.
7. Visconti Lounge
The Visconti Lounge is available only upon request. The lounge is located in the baggage claim area (ground floor) of Malpensa Terminal 1.
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