Ryanair, which currently operates 42 routes from neighbouring Rome Ciampino, started three domestic routes fromRome Fiumicino (FCO) — namely to Catania (CTA), LameziaTerme (SUF) and Palermo (PMO). Services to Catania began on 18 December and will be operated four times daily, facing competition from Alitalia (60 weekly flights), Blue Panorama Airlines (25) and Meridiana (18). Flights to Palermo began on the same day and will be operated with the same frequency, but will face marginally less competition from the incumbents — Alitalia (50 weekly flights), Blue Panorama Airlines (19) easyJet (19) and Meridiana (2). Operations to Lamezia Terme, which began on 19 December, will be flown twice-daily and will be up against 32 weekly frequencies from Alitalia. All flights are operated by the ULCC’s 189-seat 737-800s. According to the airline’s website, these domestic routes will be joined by international services from Fiumicino to Brussels and Barcelona in February and March respectively.