Italian airport traffic down less than 1% in July; Bologna and Bergamo up more than 10%

Image: Lufthansa Italia launched new routes from its Milan Malpensa base
Milan Malpensa saw demand fall 2.6% in July. Lufthansa Italia has launched several new routes from its Milan Malpensa base this year, including Barcelona, Paris, Brussels, Budapest, Bucharest, Madrid, London and Lisbon.

Latest traffic figures for Italian airports show that in July many airports were once again reporting growth. Overall total passenger numbers are down less than 1% in July, with domestic traffic up almost 1% and international traffic down just under 2%. Bologna and Milan Bergamo are the fastest growing of the major airports reporting 14.1% and 16.9% growth respectively. Palermo, Pisa and Rome Ciampino also reported growth in July, but Italy’s two biggest airports at Rome Fiumicino and Milan Malpensa saw demand fall by 7.3% and 2.6% respectively.

Chart: Italian airport growth 2009 - Year-on-year comparison (passengers)
Source: Assaeroporti

Among smaller airports reporting significant growth in July were Trapani (+113.3%), Cuneo (+35.5%), Perugia (+25.0%), Bari (+21.2%), Cagliari (+21.2%) and Alghero (+19.1%).

Year to date traffic down 6.4%

For the period January to July total passenger traffic is down 6.4% compared with 2008, with domestic traffic down 6.5% and international traffic down 6.2%. However, some of the larger airports have reported modest growth such as Bergamo (6.8% growth driven by a 46% increase in domestic traffic as international traffic fell 1.2%), Bologna (+6.5%) and Pisa (+0.9%).


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