Milan Bergamo sees significant growth in first half of 2019

Recording a 5% year-on-year increase by end-June 2019, Milan Bergamo Airport seems set to beat all previous passenger traffic figures in the airport’s history. Credit: Oriospotter

With over 6.4 million having already passed through the doors of Milan Bergamo Airport this year, a 5% year-on-year increase, 2019 seems set to beat 2018 as the most successful year in the airport’s history. 19 carriers operate from the airport in S19, including Austrian low-cost carrier Lauda, and soon British Airways with a six times weekly service from London Gatwick. Sunday 25th June was also a historic day for Milan Bergamo, with 47,859 passengers passing through the airport’s doors; the busiest day in Bergamo’s history.

London Stansted remains the airport’s top international destination, with over 241,000 passengers in the first half, up 7% on 2018. Naples is Milan Bergamo’s largest domestic market, seeing a quarter of a million passengers, up 4.8% on first half 2018. Romania now becomes the airport’s second largest international market after Spain, with year-on-year growth of 7.1% and a load factor of over 91%, securing Milan Bergamo’s place as the number one airport in Italy for seat capacity and number of destinations serviced in both Romania and Poland.

2019 has also seen the return of flights to Egypt and to Turkey, both as scheduled and as charter services. Pegasus Airlines offers up to 12 weekly flights to Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen; with scheduled flights to Egypt served by Air Arabia Egypt, Air Cairo and Albastar. On the charter side, Marsa Alam has become the first destination from BGY, growing 57% over the same 6 months of 2018.

Setting apart this summer from other recent successes, however, is the upcoming temporary closure of Milan Linate Airport between 27 July and 27 October. This will see significant volumes of traffic move from the airport to Milan Bergamo, on top of existing traffic growth.

Upcoming route launches

During the coming months, several airlines are launching new destinations from Milan Bergamo, either temporarily or on a regular basis:

Airline Destination Start Frequency
Vueling Barcelona 24 July Four times weekly
Albastar Catania 26 July Twice-weekly
Alitalia Rome Fiumicino 27 July 28 weekly flights
Blue Panorama Airlines Kefalonia 29 July Twice-weekly
British Airways London Gatwick 1 September Six times weekly
Ryanair Marseilles 2 October Four times weekly
Ryanair Agadir 28 October Twice-weekly
Ryanair Agadir 30 October Twice-weekly

“With 2019 already proving to be another record-breaking year for us in terms of passenger numbers, and a great offering of new routes available to our customers this summer, our positive traffic growth trend looks set to continue,” states Giacomo Cattaneo, Director of Commercial Aviation, SACBO. “The anticipated surge in traffic from the upcoming temporary closure of Milan Linate will be a challenge, but our team is looking forward to rising to the occasion and giving our brand exposure to customers and airlines who may not have experienced the fantastic service we offer,” added Cattaneo.


Notes to editors:

  • SACBO S.p.A is the managing company of Milan Bergamo Airport, Italy’s third largest airport by annual passenger numbers and freight.
  • Milan Bergamo Airport welcomed 12.9 million passengers in 2018, flying on the airport’s services to over 125 destinations across 38 countries.
  • The passenger traffic growth in the year 2018 exceeded +4.9% year-on-year increase.


Milan Bergamo Airport’s 2019 route developments include:

Already launched:

  • Lauda, nine times weekly service to Stuttgart, 27 February 2019;
  • Lauda, twice-weekly service to Düsseldorf, 31 March 2019;
  • Ryanair, daily service to Sofia, 1 April 2019;
  • Ryanair, twice-weekly service to Zadar, 1 April 2019;
  • Ryanair, four times weekly service to London Southend, 3 April 2019;
  • Ryanair, weekly service to Kalamata, 7 May 2019;
  • Ryanair, twice-weekly service to Heraklion, 2 June 2019;
  • Ryanair, weekly service to Zakynthos, 7 June 2019;
  • TUIfly Belgium, twice-weekly service to Casablanca, 8 June 2019.

To launch:

  • Vueling, three to four times weekly to Barcelona, 24 July 7 until 25 October 2019;
  • Alitalia, 28 weekly flights to Rome Fiumicino, 27 July 2019;
  • Blue Panorama Airlines, twice-weekly service to Kefalonia, 29 July 2019;
  • British Airways, six times weekly service to London Gatwick, 1 September 2019;
  • Ryanair, four times weekly service to Marseilles, 2 October 2019;
  • Ryanair, twice-weekly service to Agadir, 28 October 2019;
  • Ryanair, twice-weekly service to Aqaba, 30 October 2019.

Increased flight program:

  • Blue Panorama Airlines, winter seasonal ad-hoc service to Reggio Calabria becoming regular to operate four times weekly in summer from 1 April and then daily (or more) until 26 October 2019.
  • Lauda, six times weekly service to Stuttgart to increase to nine times weekly from 31 March 2019.
  • Albastar, winter seasonal ad-hoc service to Catania becoming regular to operate twice weekly from 25 July until 10 September.


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