Turin and Bologna lead Italian airport growth in 2010
After two successive years of falling passenger numbers (down 1.8% in 2008, and down 2.3% in 2009), Italy’s airports have recovered well in 2010. Despite the volcanic ash saga in April, demand for air travel at Italy’s airports is up 6.5% in the first 11 months of 2010 with international traffic (+7.5%) outperforming domestic traffic (+5.3%). Among the biggest airports, year-to-date growth has been highest at Bologna (+15.3%), Turin (+11.0%), Milan Malpensa (+7.9%) and Bergamo (+7.6%). In five of the last seven months, Turin has been the fastest-growing major Italian airport, with Bologna winning this ‘award’ in July and October.
Turin benefits from new Alitalia and Ryanair routes
Famous for its Shroud, former Fiat factory with a race-track on the roof (as featured in the original version of The Italian Job movie), and hosting the winter Olympics in 2006, Turin’s airport has reported traffic growth of over 15% this summer. During the last 12 months, both Alitalia and Ryanair have added several new routes from the airport, while other carriers have also added new services (summarised in the following table).
|Airline||New route from Turin (Weekly frequency in S10)|
|Air Italy||Rome FCO (10)|
|Air Malta||Malta (2)|
|Alitalia||Amsterdam (5), Berlin TXL (2), Istanbul (3), Moscow SVO (3),|
|Belle Air||Tirana (2)|
|Ryanair||Bari (7), Brindisi (3), Ibiza (3), Madrid (3)|
|Source: Derived from OAG Max Online data for w/c 7 September 2009 and w/c 6 September 2010|
Overall traffic growth across all Italian airports has been increasing from just over 6% in May to almost 12% in October, before falling slightly to 10.5% in November.
Trapani still leads growth among smaller airports
Among smaller airports reporting significant growth in the first 11 months of 2010 are Trapani (+62.7% in the first 10 months of 2010), Brindisi (+46.4%), Rimini (+44.8%), Forli (+23.4%), Bari (+19.8%) and Pescara (+15.2%). Airports faring less well in 2010 are Brescia (-15.7%), Perugia (-10.1%), Alghero (-8.4%) and Rome Ciampino (-5.1%).