Saint Ambrose boosts Paris weekend break demand from Milan

Image: ParisParis and Milan are two of the most popular city-break destinations in Europe and with both cities served by three airports there is a lot of competition on the route. This week’s exclusive anna.aero farewatch looks at the competition between the four LCCs operating on this city-pair during the next two weeks.

Airline Paris Milan Weekly frequency
easyJet Orly Linate 7
easyJet CDG Malpensa 26
Ryanair Beauvais Bergamo 14
Volareweb Orly Linate 12
Vueling CDG Malpensa 13
Source: Airline booking tool

In addition Air France, Alitalia and Meridiana serve this route. Strike action by Italian air traffic controllers and General Transport Workers was planned for Friday 30th November which may have affected fare availability.

Chart: Paris - Milan average one-way fares
Source: Airline websites on Thursday 29th November.
All fares include taxes and fees. Green shaded period is Saturday/Sunday. Fares are averaged across all flights on a given day and include all taxes and charges but do not include charges for baggage.

Between Paris and Milan fares on all carriers appear to follow a similar pattern with the exception of Ryanar for part of the period. Volareweb is typically the most expensive and Ryanair the cheapest. easyJet’s average fares on its two routes are similar. Vueling appears to be trying to just undercut easyJet on all days.

Image: Milan - Paris average one-way fares
Source: Airline websites on Thursday 29th November.
All fares include taxes and fees. Green shaded period is Saturday/Sunday. Fares are averaged across all flights on a given day and include all taxes and charges but do not include charges for baggage.

Between Milan and Paris the unexpected spike around Thursday 6th December, when combined with the high fares from Paris to Milan on Sunday 9th December (and the following day), suggest some kind of special event. While Saturday 8th December is a national holiday throughout Italy the good people of Milan have an extra holiday on Friday 7th December in honour of their own patron saint, Saint Ambrose.

This has clearly encouraged a few more Italians than usual to take a ‘long weekend’ break to Paris. Ryanair would appear to have sold out of seats on Bergamo to Beauvais flights on both Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th of December.


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