Italy’s Linate Airport will be closed from 27 July to 27 October 2019 during the summer to enable the authorities to perform runway maintenance.

Almost 30,000 flights will be diverted to other airports, including Malpensa and Orio al Serio in Milan, reported eturbonews.com.

Malpensa Airport is expected to handle 100,000 to 120,000 travellers every day, instead of its usual 75,000 to 80,000 passengers.

Linate and Milan Malpensa airports are operated by SEA Group.

The closure of Linate Airport will force flyers to opt for longer journey routes and bear the financial burden of costly airfares and additional transportation cost.

“The investments in new technologies will help manage additional air traffic from Milan to Malpensa.”

The three-month closure is expected to create frustration among holidaymakers, as they will have to spend longer in queues at security checkpoints and passport control.

SEA Group director of aviation business development Andrea Tucci said that the investments in new technologies will help manage additional air traffic from Milan to Malpensa.

To manage the additional passenger traffic, Malpensa Airport will have to provide more seats in waiting areas, additional staff for food and beverage outlets, and trained passenger assistance.

Alitalia, the flag carrier of Italy that operates 66% of the movements in Linate Airport, said that almost 200 of its flights from Milan Linate will be moved to Milan Malpensa.

Passengers who have already booked flights during the period of closure can opt to fly from Milan Malpensa or seek a refund.