Italian airport traffic up 8.6% so far in 2011; Venice gets big boost from Treviso’s temporary closure

Perugia is among the fastest-growing smaller airports in the first seven months with +64.3% – our photo shows the launch of twice weekly Ryanair services from Brussels South Charleroi in March.

Perugia is among the fastest-growing smaller airports in the first seven months with +64.3% – our photo shows the launch of twice weekly Ryanair services from Brussels South Charleroi in March.

In the first seven months of 2011 Italy’s airports have reported overall traffic growth of 8.6% to 84.52 million passengers. Domestic passenger numbers through the country’s airports have risen by 8.4% to 36.07 million, while international passenger numbers are up 9.2% to 47.99 million. Clearly these figures are influenced somewhat by last April’s volcanic ash incident which resulted in traffic this April being up 19.6%, but year-on-year traffic was also up in January (+10.7%), February (+4.7%), March (+5.7%), May (+5.6%), June (+7.5%) and July (+7.5%). Among Italy’s biggest airports the fastest-growing between January and July have been Venice (19.4%), Palermo (+17.1%) and Pisa (+13.0%).

Source: Assaeroporti

Source: Assaeroporti

Venice Marco Polo benefits from runway works at Treviso

Venice Marco Polo’s exceptional growth of 40% in June and July can be explained by the temporary closure of nearby Treviso airport for runway maintenance works. As a result several low-cost airlines, notably Ryanair and Wizz Air, have transferred flights to the bigger airport which is closer to downtown Venice. Treviso airport is currently scheduled to re-open in early December.

Source: Assaeroporti

Source: Assaeroporti

For the last 20 months Italian airport traffic growth has typically averaged between 6% and 9%, with the exception of the last two Aprils.

Rimini and Perugia traffic up 65%

Among smaller airports the fastest-growing in the first seven months of 2011 have been Rimini (+66.2%), Perugia (+64.3%), Cuneo (+34.8%), Brindisi (+34.5%), Trieste (+27.3%), and Ancona (+26.9%). Last year’s fastest-growing airport at Trapani has seen traffic fall by almost 7% this year. Airports faring even worse in 2011 are Brescia (-78.5%) and Forli (-36.0%).

Perugia’s traffic growth can be put down to the addition of new Ryanair routes from Brussels Charleroi (launched 28 March 2011), Cagliari (launched 29 March 2011), and Trapani (launched 3 November 2010),


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