The new year round service, which is expected to carry 26,000 annually, commences on 2 December 2015 and is Glasgow’s first direct connection to Milan. Flights will operate twice weekly on Wednesday’s and Saturday’s with fares starting from £25.49 one way per person.
Ali Gayward, easyJet’s Head of Scotland, said: "As Scotland’s largest airline we are pleased to further strengthen our network with the announcement of this new route to Milan Malpensa. We believe that this will prove a popular addition to our existing network.
Francois Bourienne, commercial director at Glasgow Airport, said: “This is yet further good news from easyJet. Both Milan and Glasgow are economic powerhouses in their own right and the new direct service will undoubtedly prove extremely popular. Not only will it provide Scottish passengers with the opportunity to visit one of Europe’s top citybreak destinations, it has huge potential to generate significant in-bound tourism for Glasgow and the West of Scotland. We have enjoyed tremendous success in strengthening our links with European cities in recent months. In June, easyJet launched direct flights to Bordeaux which, like Milan, was a first for Glasgow Airport.”
Scott Taylor, Chief Executive of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said: “This is a welcome announcement by easyJet which further demonstrates the airline’s commitment to Glasgow. Italy is Glasgow’s eighth largest international market with 15,000 trips made each year by Italian visitors who generate some £4 million for the city’s economy. This new route presents us with even greater scope to grow in-bound European leisure and business tourism. From one cutting-edge city to another, we look forward to welcoming Milanese travellers to our style mile.”
About Milan: Boasting a rich history, Milan attracts historians and culture enthusiasts worldwide with sights including Milan’s elaborate cathedral, Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper at the Santa Maria delle Grazie Church, La Scala opera house and Castello Sforzesco all of which survived the extensive WW2 damage.
Milan is also home to some of the greatest masterpieces of Italian art. Visit the Brera Art Gallery for displays from the XIV to the XX century, including the famous Raphael’s “Marriage of the Virgin”, or wander through the galleries in Milan’s main museum ‘Pinacoteca’ famous for its prestigious collection of ancient and modern paintings.
Milan is also well renowned for its shopping - Armani, Versace, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana and Gucci - the list of international and world class designers gracing the streets of Milan is endless. Even the savviest of shoppers will be sure to exhaust themselves at the designers’ flagship stores in the Quadrilatero d’Oro 'Golden Quad'. The city is also filled with boutiques stocking emerging labels, chic concept shops and discount outlets selling samples and last season’s cast-offs! For those who prefer the bustle of street markets, take a trip to those at Viale Papiniano, Via Zivetti and Fiera di Senigallia.
With an extensive choice of restaurants, those visiting Milan will never be short of an eatery. The city bears host to another winner of the exclusive chain of worldwide Nobu restaurants, whilst the modern interiors inspired by master chef Carlo Cracco at ‘Cracco’ offer superb fine dining, not to mention the pasta dishes at Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia far outreaching even the toughest competitors.
*Fares based on two people travelling on the same booking