SEA Prime Sees Private Aviation Spike for Italian Grand Prix

 - September 14, 2022, 12:03 PM
This year's edition of the Italian Grand Prix served as a magnet for private aviation to Milan, with SEA Prime, which operates the general aviation infrastructure at the city's Linate and Malpensa airport, reporting hundreds of operations over the past weekend. (Photo: SEA Prime).

SEA Prime, which operates the business aviation infrastructure at Milan, Italy’s two major airports Linate and Malpensa, reported a surge in aircraft traffic for the Italian Formula I Grand Prix. The event, which shattered the previous record attendance level of 200,000 set in 2019 by more than 136,000 spectators, led to more than 700 business aviation movements at the two airports between Thursday, September 9 and Monday, September 12. Overnight between Saturday and Sunday, there were more than 100 aircraft parked.

According to SEA Prime, the activity represents a 54 percent increase over its pre-Covid 2019 Grand Prix levels and added that 75 percent of its air traffic has been international, representing a strong return of foreign flights.

As well, the company’s Linate Prime facility hosted a helicopter shuttle between the airport and the race circuit operated by Italian charter provider Elilombarda, which logged 122 movements during the course of the race.