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Verona Airport: record traffic in the first weekend of June. Over 40,000 passengers carried in 4 days, with international arrivals accounting for 31.5%

Verona Airport: record traffic in the first weekend of June. Over 40,000 passengers carried in 4 days, with international arrivals accounting for 31.5%

Verona, 16 June 2011 – In the first two weeks in June, during which easyJet and Bmi Baby began running flights to London Gatwick and East Midlands respectively, Verona Airport registered an increase of 14.8% in passenger numbers. The start of the summer season has seen the addition of 18 new direct routes to the existing regular, charter and new connecting flights: 6 regular flights and 12 low-cost flights.

There are currently 30 airlines that operate out of Verona, including some of the most important in the sector, offering regular, low-cost and charter flights. The 6 largest airlines in Europe (Lufthansa, easyJet, Ryanair, Air France-KLM, BA-Iberia and Air Berlin) operate flights from the airport, with over 150 destinations offered: from the most attractive tourist and cultural cities in Italy and beyond to the best-known tourist destinations in Africa, the Indian Ocean, the Mediterranean and the Caribbean.

This month the peak was registered during the long weekend of 2 June, when 42,143 passengers were carried in just 4 days. Of these, international arrivals accounted for 13,264, or 31.5% of the total. Italian destinations were the most popular choice for the long holiday weekend, specifically: Catania (3399 passengers), Rome (2650 passengers), Palermo (2303 passengers) and Olbia (1790 passengers). With 3045 passengers, London was the only non-Italian destination to make the top five in the first weekend of June.

Catullo Airport's performance was also positive in the month of May, with a total of 274,574 passengers carried, as compared to 259,964 in 2010. Unfortunately, the North African crisis has continued to have a significant negative impact, causing a drop of 30% at national level in the number of Italian tourists travelling to the Red Sea destinations. Specifically, for Verona Airport, charter flights to the Red Sea fell by 273 compared to the same period of last year, causing a drop in passenger numbers estimated at 29,000 for the month. Tour Operator forecasts indicate that for Egypt alone, recovery is not expected before September/October. In the case of Verona, these losses have been offset by the new flights, thanks to which traffic has continued to grow.

The growth trend in international arrivals has been consolidated, with a rise of 16.8% for the first five months of the year. A closer look at the figures from April, which registered a rise of 24.9% in international arrivals, boosted by the Easter break, reveals a parallel with the early months of the year, with tourist flows arriving from the main source markets in areas with which direct flights operate. In the month of April, the province of Verona registered a 39.58% rise in arrivals from Germany (compared to 2010), while visitor numbers were up 24.67% from Great Britain, 15.84% from France and 77.74% from Belgium.