Posted on: 08 July 2019 by Chloe Greenbank
With Milan Linate temporarily closed during the peak summer season Milan Bergamo is in a prime position to provide air transport services to the catchment of some 10 million people living in and around Milan City and the Lombardy East provinces.
The airport has already established relations with both new and existing airlines to ensure the increased demand in flights and operations are met.
While important links such as Alitalia’s four times daily feed to the carrier’s hub at Rome Fiumicino and Blue Panorama’s daily service to Reggio di Calabria join the airport’s route network to fill the void, additional services will be on offer from partner carriers such as Albastar’s new flights to Catania and Volotea’s increased offer of up to nine weekly operations to the popular Sardinian resort of Olbia.
New and additional links at Milan Bergamo for the S19 season will see a significant increase in passengers travelling through the Italian gateway. Destinations being served from the airport during the summer months will include Casablanca in Morocco, Düsseldorf and Stuttgart in Germany, Heraklion, Preveza, Zakynthos and Kalamata in Greece, Sofia in Bulgaria, Zadar in Croatia and London’s Gatwick and Southend.
“Together with our airline partners we have planned for the significant growth in the requirement of flights and our facility development plans continue to ensure we create a major international gateway for the region,” explains Giacomo Cattaneo, Director of Commercial Aviation, SACBO.
The temporary closure of Milan Linate certainly places Bergamo in a strong position with Cattaneo highlighting that “the peak season will be busy, but more importantly for us the immediate growth of interest in our market is clear as we see the increased demand in business services, as well as leisure flights, continue into W19/20 and after Milan Linate has reopened.”
With passenger traffic on the rise at Bergamo, the airport is making huge investments of up to €450 million as part of its 2030 development plan. What’s more the area east of Milan offers a variety of resorts and luxury retreats designed to appeal to high-end customers, resulting in a demand for ad-hoc executive flights and business aviation flights to cater for the needs of the significant number of based entrepreneurs. As such Bergamo plans to invest in business aviation to attract more premium customers.