15-Feb-2010 9:12 AM

Alitalia presents three-year development plan for Milan airports

Alitalia Group detailed (11-Feb-2010) its three-year development plan for service at Milan airports. The carrier will consolidate premium service from Linate, launch new intercontinental routes from the Malpensa and introduce a new business model for Air One. The programme will be launched on 28-Mar-2010. Details include:

  • Milan passenger traffic/network forecast: Destinations served from Milan will increase from 39 in 2009 to 47 in 2012. Passenger numbers to increase from 6.9 million to 9 million;
  • Milan Malpensa: Alitalia Group to double passenger traffic in Malpensa from 1.5 million (2009) to 3 million (2012), with 20% growth in 2010. Destinations to increase from 20 to 32, and flight movements to increase from 16,770 to nearly 25,000 p/a by 2012. Alitalia plans to retain intercontinental services at the airport, offering nine direct flights, five of which operated directly and four operated in codesharing with its SkyTeam partners and Etihad. The carrier also plans to launch Malpensa-Miami service for Summer 2010 and will add two new international destinations (Palma and Ibiza) to its network, and five new domestic destinations (for a total of ten) including services to Brindisi, Lamezia Terme, Trapani, Olbia and Alghero. The carrier also plans to increase Milan Malpensa-Rome Fiumicino frequency. Two new A330, scheduled for delivery in Jun-2010, to be deployed at the airport;
  • Linate Airport: To be retained as a short/medium haul hub for Milan, increasing passengers carried from the airport from 5.4 million in 2009 to 6 million in 2012;
  • Air One: To launch 14 destinations in Italy and the Mediterranean from Malpensa on 28-Mar-2010, undergoing a "strategic repositioning" to a low cost model. In 2011, Air One plans to start service to ten new international destinations including services to Munich, Warsaw, Budapest, Istanbul and Sofia. [more]

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