CATULLO, THE SECOND QUARTER IS OFF TO A POSITIVE START
VERONA REGISTERS + 8.8% TRAFFIC IN APRIL THANKS TO THE NEW AIRLINE FLIGHTS. 13 NEW DESTINATIONS ARE SCHEDULED TO BE OPENED IN THE SECOND QUARTER
BRESCIA IS READY TO HANDLE MORE THAN 500 FLIGHTS IN THE NEXT THREE WEEKS. 264 CARGO, 192 POSTAL, 60 PASSENGER CHARTER
Verona, 9 May 2014 – The second quarter is off to a positive start for Catullo, which registered a significant increase in traffic at Verona in the month of April (+8.8% compared to the same period in 2013) and is preparing to manage a significant increase in flights at Brescia over the coming weeks, with more than 500 flights between cargo, postal and charter passengers.
Traffic at Verona is back up significantly in April, registering an 8.8% passenger increase compared to the same month in 2013. The new flights are making a strong contribution to the growth, determining a 17% increase in international traffic, whereas the domestic traffic data is still negative (-4%). From 30 March there are 6 new international destinations connected by direct flights from Catullo which have contributed to the traffic increase at the Verona airport: connections with Berlin (three times a week), Hamburg (twice a week) and Cologne, operated by Germanwings, and the flights to Palermo, Dublin and Amsterdam served respectively by AirOne, Aer Lingus and Transavia. Starting last month daily performance with Bari and Palermo operated by Volotea was reinforced.
Specifically, in April airline flights handled more than 165 thousand passengers, which is a 7% increase. Add to this the more than 26 thousand passengers departing and landing at Verona on charter flights, which registered a significant 22% pick up.
Besides the scheduling of new flights, the result is also affected by the rise in charters, albeit partial, and the numerous holidays which have led to short and medium duration trips being scheduled. Sales in airport car parks is up thanks to the positive passenger traffic performance and, specifically, on-line car park sales which increased 84% in April compared to the same period last year. The promotion which offers the possibility of parking at the airport for €5 a day if tickets are purchased on-line by 8 June was activated. Travellers can park just a few minutes from the check-in area without having to wait for shuttles to transfer to the airport at a convenient price.
By July the scene of new connections will be complete with 13 new flights to Bucharest, Timisoara, Southampton, Barcelona, Paris, Cambridge, Geneva, Zurich, Edinburgh, Leeds, Mostar, Zakynthos and Corfu. From next week connections will also resume with London and Manchester operated by Monarch.
Brescia Montichiari is ready to manage a considerable traffic increase from next week in correspondence with the transfer of cargo and charter flights from Orio al Serio. In all the D'Annunzio will host more than 500 flights over the next three weeks.
Specifically, over the next twenty days one of the key players in the global courier sector will transfer flights for six destinations to the Brescia airport: Leipzig (Germany), East Midlands (UK), Brussels (Belgium), Cologne (Germany), Bucharest (Romania) and Bahrain. There will be a total of 264 cargo flights which are estimated to lead to handling more than 5,000 tonnes of cargo in three weeks.
The choice to place the flights at Montichiari is a testament to what an attractive airport D'Annunzio is in terms of logistics, strategic size and geographical position. Operations foresee the use of a new 4,400 m2 warehouse, including offices, which have been equipped with machinery and technology for cargo sorting.
Postal operations will also continue at the airport, with 192 flights in the next 21 days.
From next week Montichiari will also see an increase in passenger traffic with 60 charter flights for Lampedusa, Istanbul, Rhodes, Crete and Málaga.
In order to handle the considerable increase in activity at the airport, personnel shifts have been updated for the coming days.
Catullo's investments have made D'Annunzio an airport which, both in technological and structural terms, is suited to handle large volumes of cargo and passengers. In particular, last year the new cargo warehouse passed administrative technical testing and the plan was launched to develop the runway, which was recently increased 90m following implementation of infrastructural updates. The upcoming opening of the Brebemi will provide yet another competitive advantage for Montichiari which will quickly become accessible both to potential cargo and passenger traffic.
For more information:
Responsabile Relazioni Esterne e Stampa/PR Manager
Garda Aeroporti - Verona e Brescia
tel 045 8095784