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17/02/2012

Verona closer and closer to Europe.New direct flights to Dublin, Edinburgh, Manchester, Bucharest

Verona closer and closer to Europe. New direct flights to Dublin, Edinburgh, Manchester, Bucharest.

BIT (International Tourism Exchange): Catullo Airport presents the first news for Summer 2012. The goal is to increase traffic through alliances with the territory.

Verona, February 17, 2012 – BIT (International Tourism Exchange) was the setting of the presentation of the first news from Verona for the next summer season, that will see the introduction of three new airlines operating from its airport: the Irish airline Aer Lingus (www.aerlingus.com), Monarch (www.monarch.co.uk), which is one of the most important airlines of UK, and Wizzair, the largest low cost airline in Poland, Central and Eastern Europe (www.wizzair.com).

From March 31st, the airport will progressively launch the new flights to Dublin (served by Ryanair and Aer Lingus), Edinburgh (operated by Ryanair), Manchester (operated by Monarch) and Bucharest (operated by Wizzair), while the seasonal flights will be restored, and the long haul flights will be strengthened.

The news for the summer follow up the recent opening of the flights to Pristina (Adria Airways at the end of January www.adria.si ) and to Paris Charles De Gaulle with EasyJet (from February 09, www.easyjet.com ). The aim is to maintain a mix of traffic types at the airport. The diversification of routes and destinations has proved important in a market subject to turbulence, often caused by external events (such as the still unresolved crisis in North Africa), ensuring the mitigation of their effects.

The increase of routes and long-haul destinations (Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Madagascar, Mauritius, Havana) resulted in a growth of 42,194 passengers in 2011. Currently the mix of traffic sees a predominance of traditional connections through scheduled flights which develop the 60% of the traffic; low cost and charter flights produce both the 20% of the total traffic.

In terms of established activity, for the upcoming planning we note in particular:

Air Dolomiti, airline based in Verona, that performs the maintenance of its aircraft in the Catullo's hangar, will continue to offer daily connections to the Hubs of Munich and Frankfurt, as well as the flight to Vienna. This airline has such deep roots in the territory, that its planes are named after the Operas of the most important Italian authors, a tribute to the "Fondazione Arena di Verona" and to the city. www.airdolomiti.it.

Meridiana fly-Air Italy, which recently announced the integration of their web reservation- systems, will consolidate the network of national and international destinations offered by the airport, restoring for the summer season the link to Catania and strengthening the long haul through the charter flights, focusing particularly on Africa with flights from Verona to Kenya and Tanzania. www.meridiana.it; www.airitaly.it.

Air Berlin will increase the frequency of its flights to Berlin and Düsseldorf for the summer season (six flights a week). Through its network, the airline can reach important destinations, such as Scandinavia. www.airberlin.com.

Belle Air Europe will improve its offer from Verona, offering round-trip flights in a day to Tirana and Skopje, basing its own aircraft in Verona.

Seasonal low-cost flights will also return in summer: Vueling (www.vueling.com) to Barcelona, Germanwings (www.germanwings.com) to Cologne, Transavia (www.transavia.com) to Amsterdam.

Blue Panorama, which has been operating long-haul flights since last December, has confirmed the flight to La Romana in its summer planning (www.bluepanorama.com).

The purpose is to build new partnerships, to increase the number of destinations connected to Verona and the number of flight frequencies, to improve the passenger services, also through partnerships with institutional and economic players operating in the "Basin" Area. The synergies between the airport, the airlines and the territory result in specific projects, such as the "University Project", created to promote and facilitate national and international student's mobility throughout the "Basin" (approximately 62,600 members). A research conducted in January 2012 on the profile of the passengers departing from Verona, showed how the percentage of passengers aged between eighteen and thirty-four years has increased from 11.8% in 2010 to the current 31.7% of the total.

The "University Project", (www.univrgo!), born from the collaboration with the University of Verona, benefits from the partnership of CTS (Tourist Student Centre), Meridiana fly-Air Italy, Air Berlin and MSC Cruises that provided offers and services to the project. The project, that this year will be extended also to some universities in southern Italy and in some European cities, has acquired new partners such as the "Fondazione Arena di Verona", offering students reduced rates to attend the Operas on calendar next summer; and ESU ("Regional Company for the right to the University Studies"), that is defining collaborative activities in order to provide students with "Study Abroad Travel" programs to more advantageous conditions.

In order to offer its customers a better quality of services, the Airport has signed an agreement with the Consumers' Associations (Adiconsum, Federconsumatori, Lega Consumatori Verona, Movimento Consumatori), establishing a permanent "negotiating table" where to implement projects aimed to monitor and improve the Airport services, thanks to the specific skills of those involved in monitoring the services quality.

In these days a regional TV advertising campaign was launched in order to promote the Italian and European destinations from Verona, with rates from EUR 9.99 for Italy and from EUR 21.99 for Europe. This month the focus will be on the city of Vienna, with the Air Dolomiti offer for couples: one-way flights from EUR 117.

For further information:

Sara Biasi
Public Relations and Press Office Manager
Garda Airports -  Verona and Brescia
ph  +39 045 8095784
fax +39 045 8095455
Email sbiasi@aeroportoverona.it