Passengers wishing to travel between the Spanish and Italian capitals have considerable choice. Apart from the flag carriers Iberia and Alitalia, there are also two other Spanish carriers (Air Europa and Vueling) plus Europe’s two biggest LCCs easyJet and Ryanair. This week’s exclusive anna.aero analysis compares average prices for travel in the next four weeks from Madrid to Rome.
|Source: Airline websites on Thursday 9th August|
easyJet consistently offers the cheapest one-way fares (including all fees and taxes), but this may have something to do with the schedule. Its only daily flight departs Madrid at 05:55 compared with Ryanair’s departure at 17:05 and Vueling’s two daily departures at 08:20 and 18:10.
Alitalia has three daily departures and is on average three times more expensive during this period. Air Europa offers two daily flights except on Tuesdays and Thursdays when it has just one. On these days fares are much cheaper, suggesting that without a second daily flight Air Europa struggles to attract business passengers.
Finally, Iberia’s website proved too unfriendly to extract the necessary data. The airline offers between five and six daily flights.