|At the launch of the new Bari base yesterday, Ryanair took the opportunity to offer half a million seats at a fare of €5. Domenico Di Paola, president of Aeroporti di Puglia, is here seen speaking at the press conference, flanked by Ryanair’s sales and marketing executive for Italy Ida Buonanno (far left), Magda Terrevoli, head of Turismo Regione Puglia (center), Mario Loizzo head of Trasporti Regione Puglia (right) and Marco Franchini director general of Aeroporti di Puglia (far right).|
Bari, located in the heel of Italy in the Puglia region on the Adriatic coast, has been served by Ryanair since flights began from London Stansted six years ago this week, on 15 January 2004. Subsequently, the airline added six more routes from Frankfurt Hahn (February 2006), Milan Bergamo (December 2007), Pisa (March 2008), Malta (October 2008), Bologna (March 2009) and Alghero (June 2009). These developments have helped the airport to grow its traffic by over 70% in the last four years.
|Source: Assaeroporti, ENAC|
This week sees Ryanair basing its first aircraft at the airport, followed in early February by a second 737-800. A total of 10 new routes will be added during this period, as summarised below.
|Start date||Destination||WF||Competition (WF)|
|14 January||Brussels Charleroi (CRL)||4|
|14 January||Turin (TRN)||7||Alitalia (7)|
|14 January||Venice Treviso (TSF)||6||Alitalia (7 to VCE), Meridiana (4 to VCE)|
|15 January||Genoa (GOA)||3|
|15 January||Paris Beauvais (BVA)||4|
|17 January||Karlsruhe-Baden (FKB)||2|
|4 February||Weeze (NRN)||3|
|4 February||Valencia (VLC)||3|
|5 February||Cagliari (CAG)||4|
|5 February||Trapani (TPS)||4|
|Source: OAG Max Online for w/c 8 February 2010|
Five of the new routes are domestic and account for 60% of the 40 new weekly frequencies being introduced. With 17 destinations, Ryanair offers passengers more choice than any other airline at the airport. The ‘new Alitalia’ offers flights to six domestic destinations; Bologna, Milan Linate, Milan Malpensa, Rome Fiumicino, Turin and Venice. While only Alitalia and easyJet compete on flights to Rome, the Milan market is much more competitive with Alitalia serving Linate and Malpensa, easyJet and Lufthansa serving Malpensa, and Meridiana serving Linate, as well as Ryanair’s thrice-daily flights to Bergamo.
Four rotations per day with 06:30 start
|Yesterday’s first flight on the new Brussels Charleroi service arrived back in Bari 13 minutes ahead of schedule, still in time for a welcoming shower.|
The two aircraft Ryanair is basing in Bari will serve 13 of the 17 destinations offered. Alghero, Bologna, Frankfurt Hahn and Pisa, as well as two of the three daily Milan Bergamo flights are operated by aircraft stationed at those bases.
Both Bari-based aircraft depart each morning at 06:30 and return just before midnight, having operated four rotations on most days. These new routes should enable Bari airport (named in honour of Pope John Paul II) to welcome more than three million passengers for the first time in 2010.
Apart from Ryanair’s new routes, Wizz Air will be adding Bari to its network for the first time this summer when it adds twice weekly flights from Prague in mid-March, while airberlin will also be adding new seasonal services from Berlin Tegel, Düsseldorf and Zurich.