Milan’s main airport will be named after former Italian prime minister and business tycoon Silvio Berlusconi, Transport Minister Matteo Salvini said on Friday.

Berlusconi, who died last year aged 86, led four governments under his centre-right Forza Italia party, and is one of Italy’s most divisive figures in modern times. were

Speaking at a conference in southern Italy, Salvini said the civil aviation authority had received a request from the Lombardy region around Milan to rename Malpensa airport in honor of Berlusconi, who hails from the country’s financial capital. has been approved.

“Given that the final decision rests with the transport minister, I think it will go ahead,” said Salvini, leader of the right-wing League party and a longtime Berlusconi ally.

“In memory of my friend Silvio, a great businessman, a great Milanese citizen and a great Italian,” Salvini later posted on social media platform X above a photo of Berlusconi and Malpensa Airport.

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