Alitalia ‘Romes’ back to Milan Bergamo
Milan Bergamo Airport marks the double celebration of the welcome return of both Alitalia to its carrier roll call and Rome Fiumicino to the airport’s route network. Taking the number of domestic operations from the East Lombardy gateway to 16 during the summer season, the Italian legacy airline launched a high frequency link to the capital city at the weekend.
Commenting on the arrival of the airport’s 19th airline partner, Giacomo Cattaneo, Director of Commercial Aviation, SACBO says: “It’s not every day that an airline as big and as well-known as Alitalia commences a flight from your airport to one of the world’s most famous capital cities. The optimal schedule gives all passengers in our densely populated catchment area the benefit of a same-day return to Rome, as well as prime choice of connections on the carrier’s extensive long-haul network from its largest base.”
As the airport’s new service makes numerous other global destinations available via Alitalia’s vast connections – Buenos Aires, Boston, Johannesburg, Los Angeles and Tokyo being just a small selection – the operation will provide a vital service for all those travelling to Milan Bergamo and the surrounding provinces. “This route is very positive for both travel and tourism, as well as for Milanese businesses. There is an enormous attraction for companies based both in the cities and the provinces of Lombardy, even more so as our latest airline partner will offer fast-track security services to all passengers regardless of booking class,” adds Cattaneo.
Facing no direct competition, Alitalia will offer 28 weekly flights to Italy’s cosmopolitan capital from Milan Bergamo throughout S19. Marking the return of the Italian flag carrier to the airport’s domestic market for the first time after an eight-year hiatus, Milan Bergamo warmly welcomed the success of the inaugural flight in its first weekend, registering close to full load factor.
Initially returning to the East Lombardy gateway for the duration of Milan Linate’s three month closure, Alitalia has confirmed the extension of its link between Milan Bergamo and Rome, operating a three times daily service throughout the Winter season. “It was clear from the outset that the market for Alitalia’s link was considerably healthy so it’s extremely welcome news that the carrier has already witnessed fantastic results and will continue to provide attractive services both for point-to-point traffic and for hub connections – a service in high demand within our region,” expresses 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:
- 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.
- 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.