Alitalia’s low-cost “smart carrier” Air One to launch third base with international flights from Venice Marco Polo

Air One’s Venice base will serve 11 international destinations from May

Air One’s Venice base will serve 11 international destinations from May – despite the obvious desirability of Venice, Air One’s Alitalia parent currently only serves domestic points.

European destinations to Venice fares advertAir One, the so-called “smart carrier” (and subsidiary of Alitalia), has announced its third base in Italy after Milan Malpensa and Pisa. From the beginning of May, the airline will introduce ‘low-cost’ flights from Venice Marco Polo Airport to 11 international destinations – Athens, Barcelona, Brussels, Bucharest, Istanbul, Menorca, Palma de Mallorca, Prague, Sofia, Tirana and Warsaw. Alitalia’s only services from Venice are to 10 domestic destinations, but it remains the airport’s leading airline in terms of weekly seat capacity.

Venice Marco Polo airport Weekly one-way seat capacity S12

Source: OAG Max Online for w/c 2 July 2012

easyJet is the airport’s second biggest carrier, serving 14 destinations of which only two (Rome Fiumicino and Naples) are domestic, while five are in France. Air One will rank fifth by the beginning of July, by which time it will be serving nine destinations, with Menorca and Palma de Mallorca starting in mid-July.

No competition with easyJet at VCE, but Wizz Air lurking at Treviso

None of Air One’s 11 routes faces direct competition with easyJet or any other LCC at Venice Marco Polo Airport.

Route Launch date Weekly Frequency Competition (WF)
Athens (ATH) 17 June 3 Aegean (4)
Barcelona (BCN) 4 May 7 Vueling (14), Spanair (7)
Brussels (BRU) 4 May 7 Brussels Airlines (14)
Bucharest (OTP) 15 June 4
Istanbul (SAW) 15 June 5 Turkish Airlines (14 to IST)
Menorca (MAH) 13 July 4*
Palma de Mallorca (PMI) 13 July 4*
Prague (PRG) 15 June 4
Sofia (SOF) 16 June 3
Tirana (TIA) 4 May 3 Belle Air (7)
Warsaw (WAW) 16 June 3
Source: OAG Max Online for w/c 2 July 2012, Vueling website
* Routes start on 13 July 2012

Ryanair does not serve Venice Marco Polo (except when it moved operations from Venice Treviso during 2011 due to runway works), but from Treviso it serves Brussels Charleroi. Wizz Air provides more indirect competition with flights from Treviso to Bucharest Baneasa, Prague, and Sofia.


  1. Javier Suarez says:

    Hi there Anna Aero,

    AirOne will also face Vueling competition on BCN-VCE.

    • Hi Javier,

      It seems that OAG lists that route as ending on 22 June, but looking in your booking tool confirms that you indeed operate 14 times weekly as well. Thanks for pointing it out!

      Andreas Akerman, Deputy Editor

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