Italian airport traffic down almost 13% in November; only Bergamo with five new Ryanair routes bucks trend

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Ryanair’s five latest services to Bergamo airport (known to the locals as Orio al Serio) has reversed the slowdown being seen at nearly all other Italian airports.

Latest traffic figures for Italian airports show that only one of the largest 13 airports reported traffic growth in November. While traffic across all Italian airports was down an alarming 12.5% in November (it was down 8.5% in October), Milan Bergamo’s traffic was up 12%. This was in part due to the five new routes to Brindisi, Fez, Ibiza, Madrid and Palermo that Ryanair launched at the end of October.

Domestic traffic was hardest hit in November (down 16.4%) while international traffic was ‘only’ down 9.4%. In November Italy’s year-to-date growth finally went negative with total passenger numbers since January reaching 125.2 million, down almost 1% on a year ago. The network restructuring and capacity cutbacks introduced by Alitalia in the run-up to its privatisation have clearly been a contributing factor, but traffic is also down at airports where Alitalia’s share of traffic has traditionally been low.

Chart: Italian airport growth 2008
Source: Assaeroporti

Among smaller airports the only ones reporting growth in November were Cuneo (+131.7%), Parma (+45.8%), Rimini (+6.3%) and Cagliari (+0.9%).

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