Start-up EGO Airways reveals first 11 routes involving nine Italian airports
Italy’s EGO Airways has announced its initial 11 routes, with its first – Catania to Florence – taking off on 25 March.
Contrary to what other publications say, all of its routes – bar two – begin in late March.
EGO Airways’ network, all now bookable, comprises nine Italian airports with a total of 88 weekly flights each way when each route begins.
Forli has four routes, while Bari, Florence, Parma, and Lamezia Terme have three apiece.
The carrier will base its initial two 100-seat Embraer 190s at Catania; they’ll primarily operate W flights with six sectors daily.
A third aircraft will be based at Milan Bergamo to operate to Rome Fiumicino from June, with this route scheduled for capital-bound day trips. Expect more route announcements for Bergamo.
EGO Airways has clearly found a niche, with all but one of its routes having direct competition – although often formidable competition indirectly.
Bari – Florence, for example, had pre-stimulated demand of 14,000 in 2019, booking data from OAG Traffic Analyser shows; a strong base to build on. And despite Vueling non-stop, Florence – Catania saw over 20,000 fly indirectly via Rome.
Will EGO Airways be able to attract sufficient premiums in return for a more ‘local’ offering – Parma, for example, rather than travelling to Milan or Bologna, Forli rather than Bologna – and a better-quality product? Albeit often sub-daily.
EGO Airways route summary
|Routing||Start date||Weekly frequency: in first week||Direct competition (WF): in week EGO begins||Indirect competition (WF): in week EGO begins|
|Bari – Florence||28 March||4||None||Ryanair: Pisa (7)|
|Bari – Forli||28 March||4||None||Ryanair: Bologna (10); Wizz Air: Bologna (7)|
|Bari – Parma||28 March||4||None||Alitalia: Milan Linate (44); easyJet: Malpensa (29); Ryanair: Malpensa (14); Wizz Air: Malpensa (11); Ryanair: Bergamo (26); Ryanair: Bologna (10); Wizz Air: Bologna (7)|
|Bergamo – Rome Fiumicino||4 June||10||None||Alitalia: Fiumicino – Linate (104); Alitalia: Fiumicino – Malpensa (28)|
|Cagliari – Forli||4 June||2||None||Ryanair: Bologna (7)|
|Catania – Florence||25 March||6||Vueling (4); Air Dolomiti (3)||Ryanair: Pisa (13)|
|Catania – Forli||28 March||12||None||Ryanair: Bologna (17); Wizz Air: Bologna (14)|
|Catania – Parma||28 March||7||None||Alitalia: Linate (47); easyJet: Malpensa (45); Ryanair: Malpensa (24); Wizz Air: Malpensa (21); Ryanair: Bergamo (20); Ryanair: Bologna (17); Wizz Air: Bologna (14)|
|Florence – Lamezia Terme||30 March||3||None||Ryanair: Pisa (7)|
|Forli – Lamezia Terme||30 March||3||None||Ryanair: Bologna (11)|
|Lamezia Terme – Parma||30 March||33||None||Alitalia: Linate (7); easyJet: Malpensa (21); Ryanair: Malpensa (14); Ryanair: Bergamo (22); Ryanair: Bologna (11)|
|Source: airline websites. Note: Milan and Bologna are some distance from Parma, but it is from these airports that Parma passengers will travel by air.|
Four of EGO Airways routes served in past decade
Four of EGO Airways’ 10 routes without direct competition have been served in the past decade:
- Bari – Florence was last served in 2020 by Air Dolomiti. At this market’s peak, in 2015, it had 23,000 seats with Vueling
- Bergamo – Rome Fiumicino has operated off and on. It returned in 2019 with Alitalia, which had 58,000 seats
- Catania – Forli was last served in 2011 by both Eagle Airlines (with Fokker 100s) and Wind Jet
- Catania – Parma was last served in 2012 by Eagle and Wind Jet and had 55,000 in the year before it ended