LAX Welcomes Air Italy's New Nonstop Service Between LAX and Milan

04/05/2019 11:30 AM

LAX welcomes Air Italy's new nonstop service from LAX to Milan
For Immediate Release
April 5, 2019

Olga Gallardo



LAX becomes one of only four airports in the U.S. to provide nonstop service to Milan, a fashion and industrial epicenter in Italy

Los Angeles City Councilmember  and Chiair of Trade, Travel and Tourism Committee Joe Buscaino, Air Italy Chief Operating Officer and Los Angeles World Airports Chief Operating Officer Samson Mengistu with Air Italy Chief Operating Officer Rossen Dimitrov and cabin crew members celebrating the launch of the new LAX to MXP route. 

(Los Angeles, CA) For the first time, passengers can travel nonstop between Los Angeles and Milan with Air Italy’s new service from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Malpensa International Airport (MXP). The airline is offering flights four times a week. This is the first time Air Italy is providing service at LAX, and the new flight makes LAX one of only four airports in the United States providing nonstop flights to and from Milan.

“When you have a destination as exquisite and enticing as Italy, you cannot have enough routes to get there," said Los Angeles City Councilmember Joe Buscaino, Chair of the Council’s Trade, Travel and Tourism Committee. "This is why I am so pleased that Air Italy is beginning its newest route between L.A. and Milan. This new venture is a part of a growing pattern of international investment into Los Angeles' tourism economy as L.A.'s message, that everyone is welcome, resonates with visitors across the globe."

"Travel between Los Angeles and Milan has nearly doubled in the past two years, and we are pleased that the day has come for this first ever nonstop flight," said Deborah Flint, Chief Executive Officer, LAWA. “This route will create new opportunities for international travelers to visit L.A., a diverse and thriving region, and for Angelenos to experience exceptional beauty, art, food, culture and vibrancy of Milan. Our cities have much in common, and with this flight we are more closely connected than ever before."

"With the launch of our new and exciting gateway in Los Angeles, California, our network will be expanding significantly, providing even more fantastic options for our equally rapidly expanding customer base,” said Rossen Dimitrov, Chief Operating Officer, Air Italy. “With the launch of our new on-demand dining experience, coupled with Los Angeles as a new destination, our overall product, service and network will be significantly enhanced, expanding our customers’ choices and quality."

LAX is the third largest U.S. market for passenger demand to/from Milan. Last year, about 97,300 annual passengers traveled between LAX and MXP via connecting flights. 

The Los Angeles inaugural flights were the first to showcase a new on-demand dining experience for passengers. This new option allows Air Italy passengers to travel with convenience, comfort and the ability to choose when they'd like to dine and order à la carte. Air Italy passengers can also enjoy signature Italian cuisine, accompanied by a selection of champagnes and Italian fine wines.

Air Italy will fly this nonstop route using a new, long-haul Airbus A330-200, which offers up to 24 seats in the exclusive Business Class cabin, making it possible to fly with maximum comfort in fully lie-flat seats. The Economy Class cabin, with 228 seats, also provides Air Italy’s guests with highly personalized service. All passengers will have access to Wi-Fi service and an extensive in-flight entertainment service. The flight times are expected to be 12 hours to Milan Malpensa Airport, and 13 hours and 50 minutes on the return flight to LAX. 

Flights will be scheduled for Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays as follows (all times local):

  • Depart LAX at 6:50 p.m., arrive MXP at 3:55 p.m. 
  • Depart MXP at 1 p.m., arrive at LAX at 4:50 p.m.

This new route is also also intended to maximize connections to major cities in Italy including, Rome, Naples, Palermo, Catania, Fiumicino, Lamezia Terme and Olbia. For more information or to book a flight, please visit 

About Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

LAX, the fourth-busiest airport in the world and second-busiest in the United States, was named a top-10 U.S. airport by SKYTRAX. LAX served more than 87.5 million passengers in 2018 and offers an average of 700 daily nonstop flights to 109 cities in the U.S. and 1,281 weekly nonstop flights to 93 markets in 47 countries on 69 commercial airlines. LAX ranks 10th in the world in air cargo tonnage processed, with more than 2.4 million tons of air cargo. LAX handled 707,883 operations (landings and takeoffs) in 2018.   

LAX generated 620,600 jobs in Southern California, with labor income of $37.3 billion and economic output (business revenues) of more than $126.6 billion, according to an economic study based on 2014 operations. This activity added $6.2 billion to local and state revenues and $8.7 billion in federal tax revenues. The study also reported that LAX’s ongoing capital improvement program creates an additional 121,640 annual jobs with labor income of $7.6 billion and economic output of $20.3 billion; $966 million in state and local taxes; and $1.6 billion in federal tax revenues. 


LAX was honored as having the “Best Overall Customer Service Program” by Airports Council International-North America; named the “Best Airport for Breastfeeding Moms” by Mamava; selected for the Top 10 “Best of the U.S.’s Big Airports” (Wall Street Journal) and “Most Pet-Friendly Airports in the U.S. (Mental Floss); named the second-most improved airport in the U.S. by JD Power; received an “Innovation Award” from the L.A. Better Business Challenge for its Central Utility Plant; and named  a “Business Leader in Air Quality” by the South Coast Air Quality Management District.


LAX is also the second-most popular airport in the world to appear on Instagram, according to LAX is part of a system of two Southern California airports – along with Van Nuys general aviation – that are owned and operated by Los Angeles World Airports, a proprietary department of the City of Los Angeles that receives no funding from the City’s general fund.   

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