VERONA AND BRESCIA AIRPORTS. TRAFFIC GROWTH IN 2014.
Verona Airport: passenger traffic grows by 2%. International traffic numbers almost 2 million passengers.
Brescia Airport: cargo up by 2.9% with more than 40 thousand tons carried through
Verona, 28 January 2015 – Verona and Brescia airports, managed by Catullo Spa, both recorded positive traffic performance in 2014, with 2.8 million passengers moving through them overall (+2.1%), of which nearly 2 million were international (+7%), along with 40.6 thousand tons of cargo goods (+2.9%). Despite the cautious approach of observers in this sector, who still highlight the fragility of recovery all over Europe, and particularly in certain markets, in its latest report ACI Europe  confirmed the positive trend in the sector. Assaeroporti also reported good performance for traffic in Italy in 2014.
At global level, results in this sector are still patchy, as they are exposed to economic factors and political issues affecting various areas of the world. Events such as the crisis in Ukraine, the devaluation of the rouble, and tension in North Africa have also had a direct impact on air traffic, of both passengers and goods, to and from the airports in Verona and Brescia. Likewise, the changes which have profoundly affected national airlines this year have also had a negative impact on the traffic trends at Verona.
Despite these critical factors, a concerted effort was made in 2014 to focus on developing traffic through strengthening existing partnerships with airlines, and through setting up new agreements. The objective is to grow further in the course of the new year. Last year also saw the completion of the integration with Save, the management company for Venice and Treviso airports, and the birth of the Sistema Aeroportuale del Nord Est (“North East Airport System”) one of the main national hubs with a turnover of 200 million euros, and 13 million passengers passing through each year. The North East of Italy can now depend on a hub of four airports; these will be developed in an integrated way, making the most of the system’s synergies, in accordance with the growth prospects defined in Catullo’s Industrial Plan, and in line with the National Airports Plan, which emphasizes the creation of airport networks managed with a coordinated approach.
“The fact that several airlines have chosen to increase links and open new routes to and from Verona airport, along with the new interest in Brescia airport, is proof of the appeal that our airports hold”, stated Paolo Arena, who was confirmed as Chairman of Catullo by the company’s partners last October. “The airport system in the north east which we are developing with Save”, Arena continues, “can further enhance our assets, with major benefits not just for local communities but at national level too, as we offer increasingly high-quality, efficient services to all travellers and to the carriers which choose our airports”.
Paolo Simioni, CEO of Catullo Spa, added, “The efficacy of an airport system like the north east hub, lies in how it makes the most of the specific features of each airport, adequately developing the potential of their respective user bases. In this context, Verona Airport’s strategy hinges upon three main goals: the development of point-to-point links; the increase of flights to European hubs; and the consolidation of the charter segment. These guidelines will allow us to go beyond recuperating traffic volumes, as we will reach 4 million passengers in the mid-term”.
In 2014, 2.7 million passengers travelled through Verona Airport, of which 2.1 million were on scheduled flights and 602,000 on charter flights. Added to these are 6000 passengers travelling on private flights. The number of international passengers is growing, while domestic traffic is falling. The clear upturn in international, and particularly EU traffic, has been confirmed by Assaeroporti. The number of flights offered at Verona Airport grew in the course of the summer season, with 19 new flights opened up.
More significant are the partnerships which have been consolidated with companies such as Neos and Volotea; in the past year, these have enriched the airport’s offering with many new routes, and intend to further expand the Verona hub’s links in the future. This is in addition to airlines which have been working with Verona for years, such as Air Dolomiti and Lufthansa, Alitalia, Air France, Easyjet, British Airways, S7 and Meridiana.
In particular, last December new intercontinental flights for Mexico and Zanzibar began operating with Neos from Verona, with excellent occupancy levels. Since October, Volotea has linked Verona with Catania, as well as operating on the routes for Bari and Palermo. Links to Moscow with S7 Airlines have been boosted, and now run 8 times a week. Since 17 January Wizz Air, the main low-cost airline for central and eastern Europe, has been offering a new flight from Verona to Warsaw, once a week.
In December the return of Ryanair was announced; from April 1st 2015 it will operate two new routes for Brussels and Palermo. Also returning is Vueling, which will link Verona with Barcelona for the entire summer season. Among other news, tickets for the new Iberia Express flight from Verona to Madrid are already on sale (3 flights per week from May), as well as the Belfast flight, in addition to Manchester and Edinburgh, operated by Jet2.com (1 flight a week from May).
Brescia’s airport transported 40,600 tons in 2014, with an increase in cargo flights and a slight drop in postal flights. In the last few months, the airport has established itself as one of the cargo airports with the greatest growth potential, also in the light of the air carriers’ positive opinions on the airport’s management; this follows the temporary transfer of various charter flights, and a considerable portion of DHL operations, around 500 flights managed in three weeks, shifting 5000 tons of cargo.
As for passenger flights, last October the new VIP lounge opened its doors, sponsored by Beretta, a prestigious multi-national firm based in the Brescia area. The 200 sq. m lounge is bright and airy, offering a quiet, comfortable, well-equipped space for those waiting to board private flights.
Brescia Airport is, indeed, one of the key airports in northern Italy for general aviation. Its convenient position, 20 minutes from Lake Garda, half an hour from Franciacorta and 40 minutes from Milan, has made the airport particularly appealing for private flights, of which there were more than 3700 in 2014 alone.
 “EU and Non EU airports report similar traffic performance in November” - ACI Europe (Airports Coouncil International) Traffic Report 8 gennaio 2015
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