Rome Ciampino Airport
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Operated by Aeroporti di Roma SpA, Rome Ciampino Airport serves the Rome metropolitan area in Italy. Ciampino is one of the oldest airports in Europe still in operation, and until the construction of the larger, busier and more distant Leonardo da Vinci Airport in Fiumicino, Ciampino was the major international gateway to Rome. The airport was located 12km from central Rome, hosting mainly low-cost airlines such as easyJet, Wizz Air and Ryanair.
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Rome Fiumicino, the larger of the two airports serving the Italian capital, is emerging as a key battleground for European LCCs, in addition to being the last stronghold of struggling Alitalia. Ryanair and Vueling will increase their competition in the Italian domestic market, while easyJet and Vueling will encounter each other more in international markets from Rome. All three will pose a growing threat to Alitalia.
On 24-Jan-2014, easyJet announced the launch of five further international routes from Fiumicino this summer, after launching routes to Prague and Nantes in Dec-2013. Its expansion plans will see its capacity in Rome Fiumicino grow by one third in 2014. This follows the establishment at Fiumicino of a Ryanair base in late 2013 and expansion plans announced by Vueling at the airport.
Is there room for all the LCCs? – Norwegian Air Shuttle, Monarch, Wizz Air, Pegasus, NIKI and Germanwings are also present at Fiumicino. Will Alitalia be able to withstand the ever growing competitive pressure? Recalling Roman gladiatorial combat of ancient times, this could be a fight to the death.
With Italy becoming the latest, and largest, country to be beset by national debt issues (though Spain and even France are hovering in the wings) and a rising cost of borrowing, one might expect its airports to be losing both traffic and money. In fact that is not the case by any means and the city of Milan has decided to press ahead with its sale of a stake in airport operator SEA.
A ‘technocrat’, the academic Mario Monti, was sworn in as Prime Minister on 16-Nov-2011 following the resignation of Silvio Berlusconi, unveiling a similarly ‘technocratic’ cabinet on the same day and appointing himself Minister of Economy and Finance. The government is expected to stay in power until the next round of elections, due in 2013, and will determine the macroeconomic policies that will influence the performance of both publicly and privately owned Italian airports alike.
European airports had a reasonably positive year in 2010, generating a 4.2% increase in passenger throughput, despite bouts of extreme weather, labour unrest, passenger taxation in some markets and lingering economic problems in many parts of the continent. Freight traffic recovered by 18.7% last year (off depressed levels in 2009), while aircraft movements were flat (dropping 0.2%).
Milan’s SEA SpA plans to launch an IPO on the Italian stock exchange by the end of 2011 according to Chairman Giuseppe Bonomi. The airport operator will make a final decision on the offering once main owner, the City of Milan, approves its annual accounts.
Ryanair has been cancelling or suspending services at a wide range of airports across Europe, including in countries where it is growing. Is there any discernible strategy here or is it no more than coincidence, as a result of too many disagreements with airports? What future prospects are there for smaller airports when Ryanair decides to quit?
The impact of the Ash Attack on the aviation industry has been profound - in a short space of time. CAPA estimates The Ash Attack has already affected the travel plans of 8 million passengers in Europe and around the world, causing at least USD1 billion in lost (and unrecoverable) revenue for the worldwide aviation industry. To this should be added lost ancillary revenues and the costs airlines will incur for re-routing aircraft, as well as caring for stranded passengers and stranded aircraft at various ports. The total cost for the aviation industry (airlines, airports, suppliers, freight operators, handlers etc) could be well over USD2 billion, and rising with each day of disruption.