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