Milan Malpensa became the sixth Italian destination in the route network of Moscow Domodedovo following the start of Meridiana services on 22 March. In 2016 Domodedovo’s passenger traffic to and from Italy grew by 22%.
- Meridiana launched a new route from Milan Malpensa (MXP) to Moscow Domodedovo (DME) on 22 March. Three weekly flights, operated by the airline’s 737-800s, are scheduled for Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and from 7 May a fourth weekly frequency will be added on Sundays. While there is no direct competition on the airport pair, there is on the city pair, with Aeroflot offering a four times daily Moscow Sheremetyevo to Malpensa operation, while Pobeda flies daily from Moscow Vnukovo to Milan Bergamo. Commenting on the route start-up Alexey Rayevsky, Deputy Director for Commerce at Domodedovo said: “We are happy to welcome Meridiana in Domodedovo Airport. I believe that together with our partner we will continue to develop the route network to Italy. This country remains one of the most popular destinations among Russian citizens ‒ more than 300,000 travelers used Domodedovo services to visit Italy in 2016.” Andrea Andorno, Meridiana CCO said: “We are delighted to launch non-stop services to Domodedovo from Malpensa and we are very proud to be the new Italian player in this important market. Both Milan and Moscow are among the world’s most cosmopolitan cities, with a unique and rich history, beautiful architecture and world-class museums. Our new four times weekly non-stop service makes it easy to fly from both cities for long or short leisure stays and the flights are timed to allow businessmen to arrive first in Moscow from Milan.” From June, Meridiana is to re-start regular flights from Olbia to Domodedovo. Vote for Moscow Domodedovo’s FTWA in this week’s Arch of Triumph Public Vote.