Low-cost carrier easyJet has announced expansion plans at Milan Malpensa Airport which will see the introduction of new flights to several cities in Europe.
A total of five new routes will be added from the Italian airport, with flights to Copenhagen, Stockholm and Sofia due to start as part of the airline’s winter schedule.
Domestic flights will be added from Milan to Brindisi and Lamezia Terme. Extra flights to Barcelona, Naples, Amsterdam and Paris are due to start in November.
Andy Harrison, chief executive of the airline, said: "By January 2009, we will have a fleet of 15 aircraft in Milan.
"With one in five passengers flying with easyJet, we have now become the largest airline in Malpensa. Thanks to this phenomenal growth, Malpensa has now become easyJet’s largest base on the European continent."
Meanwhile, the airline has announced a new online facility to allow passengers to take heavier bags on flights.
To save time at the airport, customers can pay £15 to take a bag with an excess of 3kg on board. Completing the payment online will see passengers make a saving of £3 based on the fee payable if luggage is found to be overweight at airport check-in.
"Extra weight pre-payment is the latest facility easyJet has introduced to save its passengers time and money," said Peter Gerstle, easyJet’s product development manager.