Italy to have new scheduled services by operator Tayaranjet; 3 routes in competition with Ryanair
Tayaranjet is to begin four domestic routes this summer from three Sicily airports: Catania, Comiso, and Palermo. This explains why the carrier’s summer 2020 campaign revolves around what it calls “Flights to every corner of Sicily.”
All services will be operated by 148-seat B737-300s. All but one route will be in direct competition with Ryanair.
|Routing||Start date||Weekly frequency||Direct competition* (weekly frequency)|
|Catania – Bologna||20 July||7||Ryanair (7)|
|Catania – Rome FCO||20 July||7||Alitalia (35), Ryanair (7)|
|Comiso – Bologna||21 July||2||None|
|Palermo – Bologna||2 August||5||Ryanair (10)|
|Source: OAG Schedules Analyser and each airline’s website. *Based on the same week that Tayaranjet begins. Note: frequencies down versus normal times.|
Last year, Catania – Bologna had almost 490,000 seats, Catania – Rome FCO 2.3 million, and Palermo – Bologna 265,000.
In the last week of July 2019, OAG Schedules data shows that these routes – the three that were served – had a combined 174 weekly frequencies:
- Catania – Bologna: 28 weekly across Alitalia and Ryanair
- Catania – Rome FCO: 132 weekly across Alitalia, Ryanair, and Vueling
- Palermo – Bologna: 14 weekly with Ryanair
In the same week this year, only 73 will be operated because of coronavirus. Frequencies do, of course, begin to pick up from August and September.
It’s this (temporary) gap – down 14 daily flights – that Tayaranjet seems to be trying to fill.