Alitalia most expensive on Brussels – Milan route; customers have a choice of five carriers

Image: Lufthansa
Lufthansa Italia launched Milan Malpensa-Brussels services in March.

This week’s airport analysis of Brussels Airport revealed that this summer passengers will have a choice of four airlines between Brussels Zaventem airport and Milan airports. In addition Ryanair operates daily flights from Brussels Charleroi to Milan Bergamo airport giving customers a total of five airlines to choose from.
This week’s farewatch looks at the cost of a return fare from Brussels to Milan assuming that the passenger wants to stay away for two nights. This could correspond to a long business trip or a short weekend break.

Chart: Return fares
Source: aviationanalytics.com via QL2
Green shaded areas are Saturdays and Sundays

Fares shown are the cheapest available regardless of time of travel and include all taxes but not optional add-ons, which in the case of easyJet and Ryanair means that hold luggage charges are not included.

Alitalia and Brussels Airlines both operate four flights each weekday (less at weekends), while easyJet and Lufthansa Italia have two daily flights. Even Ryanair operates three daily flights between these two major cultural centres of Europe.

For outbound travel today (Friday 22 May) Alitalia’s return fare (returning Sunday 24 May) is €606 while Brussels Airlines would like you to pay €689. The three non-LCCs have similar fares from July onwards. Alitalia has the highest average return fares across the data period at €189 followed by Lufthansa Italia (€160), Brussels Airlines (€153), easyJet (€72) and Ryanair (just €50). Note that for last-minute bookings Ryanair is at least as expensive as easyJet.


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