Meridiana fly still bigger than Ryanair in Sardinia; airberlin starting three new routes in May
When anna.aero last looked at the Sardinian market, Ryanair had recently decided to make Alghero and Cagliari designated bases, though the airline had been operating at the airports for some time. Despite the launch of several new routes since then Ryanair still ranks second behind Meridiana fly when scheduled seat capacity across three Sardinian airports (the other is Olbia) is taken into account.
While Italian airport traffic as a whole fell by around 2% in both 2008 and 2009, passenger numbers at airports in Sardinia rose by 7% in both years. However, in 2010 when Italian airport traffic as a whole grew by 7%, Sardinia’s airports saw the number of traveller fall by just under 1%. This is only the second time in the last 15 years that passenger numbers have fallen, the first being in 2001.
Ryanair leading provider of international services
Analysis of scheduled traffic during this summer’s peak month of August reveals that overall Meridiana fly is the number one airline across all three airports, beating Ryanair into second place. Ryanair offers flights to 20 destinations from Alghero (including seven in mainland Italy), while from Cagliari the carrier serves 25 destinations (including 12 in mainland Italy). It does not offer any flights to or from Olbia.
airberlin links Olbia to nine German airports
Last week saw the launch of two new routes to Olbia by airberlin, from Berlin Tegel and Münster/Osnabruck. This summer the German carrier will serve Olbia from 10 airports, nine in Germany and one in Switzerland (Zurich), while its partner niki operates flights from Vienna. Olbia is also easyJet’s leading airport in Sardinia with eight routes, compared with five at Cagliari. Other LCCs operating international flights to Sardinia include bmibaby, germanwings, Jet2.com, Norwegian, SmartWings and Transavia.com. Legacy carrier flights to Sardinia are offered by Austrian, British Airways, Iberia, Lufthansa and Luxair.
As a result the leading international country markets for scheduled services this summer are (in order) Germany, Spain, UK, France and Switzerland. All scheduled services are to destinations in Europe. There are no scheduled services to any destinations in North Africa or the Middle East.
German carriers and Ryanair adding routes in 2011
So far this year Cagliari has seen the greatest number of new routes launched. Apart from Ryanair, there have also been new routes launched (or planned) to Cagliari by airberlin, germanwings and Lufthansa Italia highlighting the significance of the German market, though the Lufthansa Italia service is to the airline’s base in Milan Malpensa.
|Airport||New routes (airline, start date, WF)|
|Cagliari (CAG)||Cologne/Bonn (germanwings, 14 April, 2)
Düsseldorf (airberlin, 28 May, 3)
Ibiza (Ryanair, 27 March, 2)
Krakow (Ryanair, 28 March, 2)
Milan Malpensa (Lufthansa Italia, 2 July, 4)
Parma (Ryanair, 27 March, 3)
Perugia (Ryanair, 29 March, 2)
Rhodes (Ryanair, 15 April, 2)
Stuttgart (germanwings, 16 April, 2)
|Olbia (OLB)||Berlin Tegel (airberlin, 3 May, 3)
Frankfurt (Lufthansa, 27 March, 2)
Münster/Osnabruck (airberlin, 7 May, 1)
Pisa (AirOne, 8 July, 4)
|Source: anna.aero new route database
WF: Weekly Frequency