Trapani trebles traffic in two years as Ryanair helps Sicily’s third airport handle 1.7 million passengers in 2010
The Italian island of Sicily was for many years served by two main airports, Catania and Palermo. Since 2003, a third airport has begun to play a significant role in the island’s air travel network. Aeroporto Vincenzo Florio Trapani-Birgi (TPS) has been one of Europe’s fastest-growing airports in both 2009 and 2010 as passenger numbers have trebled from just over half a million passengers to 1.68 million in 2010. Located on the western edge of Sicily, the airport’s growth can be attributed primarily to the decision by Ryanair to make the airport a base.
Ryanair’s first route to Trapani was launched in September 2006 (from Pisa) and was followed in 2007 by the introduction of five international routes from Bremen, Dublin, Girona, Stockholm Skavsta and Weeze. A further five routes were added in 2008, another eight in 2009 and a massive 19 more in 2010. During the last week, three more domestic routes were added (to Cuneo, Parma and Verona), bringing the total number of destinations served by Ryanair from Trapani at one time or other to 41.
The domestic network has grown steadily while the international network, which reached 24 destinations last summer is more seasonal, reflecting Sicily’s appeal as a ‘summer sun’ holiday destination for northern Europeans. This winter Ryanair’s 15 domestic routes from the airport account for 79 of the 107 weekly departures. The leading domestic routes are to Milan Bergamo (17 weekly departures), Bologna and Pisa (nine each), and Rome Ciampino (served daily). Turin and Venice Treviso are both served five times per week.
The remaining 28 weekly departures are to nine airports in eight different countries; Brussels Charleroi (Belgium), Eindhoven (Netherlands), Frankfurt Hahn (Germany), Girona (Spain), Gothenburg City (Sweden), London Stansted (UK), Madrid (Spain), Malta, and Paris Beauvais (France).
Seasonal routes to 15 destinations in 2010
In addition to the above-mentioned year-round international services, Ryanair also operates several destinations on a seasonal basis. Last summer, the following destinations were also served.
|Country||Destination (Weekly Frequency)|
|Germany||Bremen (2), Karlsruhe-Baden (2), Memmingen (3), Weeze (4)|
|Norway||Oslo Torp (2)|
|Spain||Ibiza (3), Valencia (3)|
|Sweden||Stockholm Skavsta (2)|
|UK||Liverpool (2), London Luton (3)|
|Source: OAG Max Online|
Bremen and Liverpool appear to have been dropped for this summer, joining Birmingham and Brindisi as destinations no longer served by Ryanair from Trapani. A new domestic route to Pescara is due to start at the beginning of the summer season.