Ryanair has announced plans to increase its operations in Italy by launching 17 new summer routes and establishing a new hub at Trieste Airport. This initiative highlights the airline’s dedication to expanding its network in the country’s northeast region.
New Routes from Rome Fiumicino and Increased Traffic
For the summer 2024 season, Ryanair will launch seven new routes from Rome Fiumicino, connecting the capital to popular destinations such as Dubrovnik, Gdansk, Gothenburg, Lisbon, Malta, Paris, and Riga. This expansion will bolster the airline’s connectivity, offering travellers access to 82 destinations from Fiumicino.
With these additions, Ryanair predicts a 15% increase in traffic at its Fiumicino hub, serving approximately 11 million passengers annually.
Expansion in Milan: 150 Routes and 31 Aircraft
Ryanair is set to enhance its operations in Milan by introducing ten new routes, split between Malpensa and Bergamo airports.
Ryanair is adding new routes from two Milan airports. Malpensa airport will see five new ways to Athens, Budapest, Paris, Marrakech, and Tallinn.
Meanwhile, Bergamo airport will connect to destinations including Beni Mellal, Castellón, Dubrovnik, Sarajevo, and Skiathos. With these additions, Ryanair will operate 150 routes from Milan, using 31 Boeing 737 aircraft.
Trieste Airport: A “Game Changer” Base
April 2024 will mark the launch of Ryanair’s new “game changer” base at Trieste Airport, following a significant investment in a Boeing 737-8200 aircraft fleet. The airline will introduce five new routes from Trieste to Berlin, Brindisi, Krakow, Paris, and Seville.
This move is expected to boost traffic at Trieste Airport by 50%, welcoming approximately 750,000 passengers annually and providing enhanced connectivity to Italy’s Friuli Venezia Giulia (FVG) region through 16 routes.
Economic Impact and Market Dominance
Ryanair’s decision to set up a base at Trieste Airport aligns with its strategy to boost economic growth and tourism in the FVG region. Marco Consalvo, the CEO of Trieste Airport, expects positive impacts on the local economy, such as job creation and improved regional accessibility.
Ryanair has invested in infrastructure and expanded its summer schedule in Italy, which has helped the airline strengthen its dominant position in the market.
Ryanair has 18 bases across Italy, reinforcing its commitment to providing affordable and extensive travel options to passengers in Italy and beyond.