After being downgraded and cast aside by Alitalia when the carrier decided to slash its operations at the airport to focus on Rome Fiumicino, Milan Malpensa has had its confidence boosted by easyJet's decision to turn it into its largest base on the European continent.
easyJet's 11th Malpensa-based aircraft (pictured) has just arrived at the airport - you probably can't make it out on this picture but the aircraft features the slogan "I love Malpensa". The carrier will have 13 aircraft based at the airport by the beginning of the winter season.
Chief executive Andy Harrison describes Malpensa as "Northern Italy's most important airport", and says that with 19% of the airport's capacity, easyJet is now "the largest airline in Malpensa".
And easyJet is not the only airline to have set Malpensa in its sights since Alitalia's decision to dramatically reduce capacity at the airport. Air Berlin, Lufthansa subsidiary Air Dolomiti and Air One have all unveiled plans to grow their operations at the airport.