Posted on: 26 November 2013 by Mark Howells
Ryanair is to allocate six aircraft to a new base in Rome Fiumicino Airport and launch three new Southern Italy domestic routes with multiple daily flights to Catania and Palermo (in Sicily) and Lamezia (in Calabria) on 18 December 2013.
Ryanair also confirmed the six aircraft allocated to this new Rome Fiumicino base will also offer daily business flights to Brussels (BRU) and Barcelona (BCN).
These three new domestic routes from Rome Fiumicino will bring to nine the number of domestic routes served by Ryanair from Rome, (as Alghero, Bari, Brindisi, Cagliari, Comiso and Trapani are already served from Rome Ciampino). Ryanair confirmed that over the next 12 months, it will move many of these Italian domestic routes from Ciampino to Fiumicino which will be its main airport for domestic services to/from Rome. This will free up slots at Rome Ciampino thereby enabling Ryanair to add more international flights and more new routes to its schedule at Rome Ciampino, the preferred Rome airport for travellers to/from international destinations.
Ryanair’s daily frequencies (in parentheses) from Rome Fiumicino will be: Catania (5), Palermo (4) and Lamezia (2).
Ryanair’s deputy CEO Michael Cawley commented, “Since Ryanair is Italy’s No. 1 airline, it is important that we respond to our airport partners, who are looking to ensure that they have secure domestic routes and feed to/from Rome Fiumicino, particularly as Alitalia continues to restructure. Ryanair will guarantee that connectivity to Rome and to Southern Italy will be maintained regardless of Alitalia’s plans to reduce capacity on domestic routes.
“We hope Alitalia will take up our offer to co-operate with them, as we believe Ryanair’s new low fare domestic flights to Fiumicino can significantly assist Alitalia through the restructuring which is necessary to restore its profitability and secure the future of as many of Alitalia’s employees as possible. Ryanair believes that by offering to feed Alitalia’s international hub at Fiumicino and by searching for opportunities to work with and assist Alitalia in its turnaround, that we can help the new investors and the management of Alitalia to return that airline to profitability and viability,” added Cawley.