Italian airport passenger numbers down 3.3% in first half of 2013; international routes show 1% growth
In the first half of 2013, Italy’s airports have reported a fall in total passenger numbers of 3.3% to 66.5 million. However, there is a marked difference between domestic and international traffic, with inter-Italian passenger numbers falling 9.1% to 26.5 million, while international passenger numbers are up a modest 1.0% to almost 40 million. June represented something of a change in fortunes for Italian airports, as total demand grew by 0.6%, the first monthly year-on-year increase since last July. Domestic traffic fell by 4.4%, while international traffic grew by 4.4%, resulting in a small increase overall.
Of the 38 airports for which Assaeroporti reports traffic data, just 10 have reported growth in the first six months of this year, with Cuneo (+29.1%) leading the way. Trapani (+17.2%) and Perugia (+12.4%) also reported double-digit growth. Among the country’s top 10 airports, only Bologna (+6.2%) and Venice (+4.9%) increased their passenger numbers in the first half of the year.
Wind Jet’s demise impacts Catania
A look at the year-on-year growth rates since 2009 of Italy’s leading airports, shows how Venice Marco Polo Airport benefited in the summer of 2011, from the closure of nearby Treviso Airport for runway works. Another significant event, was the collapse of Catania-based Wind Jet last August. However, the big drop in the airport’s traffic in November had less to do with airline closures, and more to do with runway maintenance works.
New routes in 2013; Volotea grows domestic market share to almost 4%
Apart from the country’s leading home-grown airline (Alitalia) and its subsidiaries (such as Air One), LCCs have also been busy launching new routes in the Italian market in 2013. easyJet, germanwings, Ryanair, Volotea, Vueling and Wizz Air have all been celebrating new services in the Italian market this year.
Volotea’s focus on domestic routes means that its share of the Italian domestic market (by weekly seat capacity) has grown from 1.4% in August 2012, to 3.8% this August. Alitalia and Air One combined have around 44% of the market, followed by Ryanair (23%), Meridiana (17%) and easyJet (8%).