Alitalia’s new strategy good news for Rome Fiumicino; Malpensa traffic down 30%

Data for the first five months of 2008 shows that Bologna and Milan Malpensa have joined Rome Ciampino in reporting a decline in year-to-date passenger numbers.

Chart: Italian airport growth 2008
Source: Assaeroporti

The impact of Alitalia’s major capacity reductions at Milan Malpensa has resulted in traffic at that airport being down 31% in April and 26% in May. Rome Fiumicino has benefited from the re-allocated capacity and reported double-digit growth in both months.

The re-timing of Easter resulted in traffic being down almost 4% across all Italian airports in April. Traffic was up 3.3% in May and year-to-date airport growth has been 3.9% across the country. Ryanair bases Milan Bergamo and Pisa continue to battle for the title of fastest growing major airport in Italy this year, with both reporting almost 15% year-to-date growth.

Parma sees traffic double

Among the smaller airports double-digit growth has beLogo: Parma Airporten reported at Parma (+123.3%), Brescia (+40.0%), Pescara (+27.4%), Forli (+25.7%), Cagliari (+19.5%), Treviso (+17.3%) Alghero (+15.8%), Lamezia Terme (+11.7%), Bari (+11.4%) and Brindisi (+10.2%). Parma, which is located midway between Milan and Bologna, has attracted new services from Alitalia to Rome and Olbia (using Embraer 145s) while Windjet has added seasonal flights to Catania and Palermo.


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