Kiwi.com to power Milan Malpensa Airport’s ‘ViaMilano’ self-connect service
14 June 2021 – Online travel-tech company and self-connect specialist, Kiwi.com, is to be the main partner of Milan Malpensa Airport for their ViaMilano service. When travelers book a self-connect itinerary through Milan Malpensa Airport on Kiwi.com’s or Milan Malpensa Airport’s websites, with a layover of less than 3 hours, they will gain access to the ViaMilano Smart Pass, enjoying a swift stopover experience covered by this FastTrack service.
Milan Malpensa Airport is the second biggest airport in Italy from where you can reach unique worldwide destinations not served from many airports. With almost 195 destinations served by around 82 carriers, the opportunities offered to travellers are great. Thanks to the presence of many airlines, including major low cost carriers, Milan Malpensa is diversified and affordable for a wide variety of travellers. Kiwi.com’s powerful algorithm combined with ViaMilano service offers unique opportunities to build self-connecting itineraries, creating more than 800 different carrier combinations, and makes Milan Malpensa a world-class virtual hub.
Andrea Tucci, Vice President of SEA Milan Airports, said, “SEA Group, in 2012, was a pioneer in the creation and development of the self-connect concept with the ViaMilano brand. We believe that it is one of the essential travel modalities on which the industry is orienting itself and that it is already considered as a valid and often economical alternative to the more traditional offer of itineraries in connection proposed by carriers.”
“The service designed by Kiwi.com is easy, comfortable and seamless for the self-connecting passengers. Kiwi.com also provides passengers with a paid insurance service that protects them against flight changes or cancellations caused by the carrier. The collaboration with Kiwi.com exploits the potential offered by the advantageous geographical position of Malpensa, a crossroads, in the pre-pandemic period, for approximately 195 routes served by over 82 airlines. Passengers in transit at Malpensa will also be able to pleasantly enrich their travel experience thanks to the wide range of shopping and food services available at the airport.“
Golan Shaked, Chief Commercial Officer at Kiwi.com, added, “We’re delighted that Milan Malpensa Airport has recognized Kiwi.com as the right partner to support the growth of the ViaMilano service. Since the onset of the pandemic, self-connecting itineraries have played an important role in connecting routes that have been left unserved. As travel continues on its steady recovery, we see travelers wanting to make their own choice on how to reach their destinations and not be restricted by commercial agreements made between airlines.
“Thanks to Kiwi.com’s ability to connect airlines and create unique itineraries, travelers from anywhere in the world can reach the most beautiful places and islands of Italy via Milan Malpensa and those based in Italy can reach their desired destination virtually anywhere in the world and enjoy a speedy and smooth transfer experience with the ViaMilano service.”
The FastTrack voucher received with the Smart Pass will help passengers to reduce the transfer time and reach the gate of the next flight faster, giving more time for buying Italian food and wine specialties or trying a real Italian espresso before continuing their journey.
Milan Malpensa Airport and Kiwi.com are already looking at how to extend the service to offer further benefits and options to passengers traveling via the airport which will support the growth plans of the airport and its value as a virtual hub.
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About SEA Milan Airports
We are the company that manages Milan Malpensa and Milan Linate airports. Our company is one of the top 10 airport operators in Europe for passenger and freight traffic. It is the leading company in Italy for freight traffic and is responsible for the second-highest number of passengers. By supporting the growth of the airports, we are contributing to the growth of a whole region: its people, economy, employment opportunities and central role in the global connection process. Our mission is therefore to promote this growth through a sustainable, inclusive and respectful approach. http://www.seamilano.eu
Kiwi.com was founded in 2012 by Oliver Dlouhý and Jozef Képesi. The travel tech company was created for travelers by travelers. Its proprietary algorithm – Virtual Interlining – allows users to combine flights and ground transportation from more than 800 carriers, including many that do not have commercial agreements. Kiwi.com powers more than 100 million searches every day and employs 2,000 people worldwide.
Kiwi.com Media Contacts
Carol Barnes, Head of Global Communications, Kiwi.com