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Verona Airport: close to 3.4 million passengers transported in 2011, up 12% from the previous year. International airline passengers increase by +43.1%

Verona Airport: close to 3.4 million passengers transported in 2011, up 12% from the previous year. International airline passengers increase by +43.1%

Verona, 13 January 2012 - In 2011 3,385,794 passengers transited through the Verona Airport which is an increase of 12% compared to last year. There were a total of 2,049,021 international travellers. Verona reports one of the best years in growth performance from 1 to 5 million passengers in 2011, registering a traffic share of 8.1% in that segment during the period from January to November (the period for which data is available). It is significant to note that during the month of November, in the midst of an overall +3.1% drop in medium size airport traffic, Verona had an 8.2% increase. In terms of effects on the territory, it is important to note that international airline passengers were up 43.1% from the previous year.

The reversal of trends, after two years of traffic decrease, was determined by the arrival of Ryanair in the airport at the end of 2010 which was followed in 2011 by the arrival of new airlines which are among the most important on the European level such as Air Berlin and Easyjet, which have already registered fill factors greater than 70% in their first year of operations. The growth of low cost comes alongside the excellent performance of the traditional airline carriers.

In fact, work was also done to safeguard the traditional and charter lines which are an established asset for the airport. The Meridiana fly-Air Italy Group arrived to serve 20 destinations, 14 of which are international and 6 domestic. Air Dolomiti, an airline based in Verona and which carries out maintenance on its fleet in the Catullo hangar, continues to successfully operate some of the main daily connections to Munich and Frankfurt as well as Vienna. British Airways alone carried 208,448 to London Gatwick during the year.

Long range routes were fortified with the opening of new lines such as Mauritius and Holguin, in addition to the renewal of last year's schedule to the Caribbean, Mexico, Cape Verde, Kenya and Zanzibar. Efforts are aimed at opening new lines to compensate for the loss of traffic on the North Africa routes which represented an important traffic component for Catullo. Estimates show that more than 180,000 passengers were lost due to the drastic reduction of connections to Egypt and Tunisia due to the political unrest in those areas. From last December a new traffic segment has also been launched - the cruise segment. This is thanks to a partnership with MSC and Costa Cruises, leaders in the sector, as well as Neos, a company which can boast a long standing relationship with the Verona Airport.

"The traffic mix today sees a predominance of traditional lines at 54.39% with the low cost segment weighing in at 20.23% and charter dropping to 20.23%. We are working to build new partnerships in order to increase connected destinations and the frequency of the flights – commented Paolo Arena, President of the Verona Airport – In the last three months Easyjet has confirmed the opening of the Paris connection in February 2012. Negotiations were concluded with Aer Lingus for the route to Dublin, Monarch for scheduled routes to Manchester and WizzAir to Bucharest beginning next summer. Adria Airways will operate twice weekly to Pristina from the end of January. We are also working to increase synergy with the territory and to stimulate traffic growth, in spite of the economic situation and the IATA (Air Transport Association) forecast that profitability in the sector is negative."

London, a British Airways, Easyjet and Ryanair destination from Verona, registered a dual record in 2011. It is the international destination with the most growth compared to 2010 for passengers transported and it is the third most popular destination of all the connections offered from the Verona airport. The international destinations which recorded the greatest passenger increase, after London, were Paris (with traffic increase from 77,805 passengers to 130,029 in one year), Madrid (which transported 61,093 passengers compared to 10,578 in 2010). It should be pointed out how the scheduled lines also contributed to the growth, in addition to the low costs lines. On the domestic destinations front excellent results were recorded by Brindisi (53,346 passengers more than in 2010), Alghero and Palermo. Among the top destinations chosen from Catullo, Catania takes first place (297,044 passengers in a year) followed by Rome (287,543) and London in third place with 268,169 passengers transported.

For further information:

Sara Biasi
Public Relations and Press Office Manager
Garda Airports -  Verona and Brescia
ph  +39 045 8095784
fax +39 045 8095455