Rome, in April carried about 3.6 million passengers in the capital’s airport system; The Northeast Airport Hub ended April with about 1.5 million passengers, recovering about 98 percent of the traffic in the corresponding month of 2019.
Aeroporti di Roma- Fiumicino and Ciampino Airports
Positive air traffic balance in the first month of Summer 2023, with 3.6 million passengers transited at the two Roman airports, more than 3.25 million at Italy’s main international Hub – Rome Fiumicino – and about 330 thousand at Ciampino airport, opening the summer season with 1 million more passengers received than last year.
Rome Fiumicino airport records the highest volume of traffic recovery since the beginning of the pandemic, with 87.5% of passengers transited in the same month of 2019, thus confirming the positive performance already started since the end of the year 2022. European traffic is confirmed as the main driver of the recovery with +5 percent growth in travelers to and from European destinations, thus exceeding the share recorded in April 2019.
This result is driven by the start of new flights with the summer season, together with an increased propensity to travel that marks positive performance compared to 2019, with a large number of passengers on board aircraft. Originating passenger traffic records a total recovery of 2019 volumes returning to the performance seen in the pre-pandemic period.
The performance in April was undoubtedly characterized by two moments of holidays – Easter week and Liberation Day – which positively affected traffic performance with growth in travelers in the first part and second half of the month, reaching peaks of about 120 thousand passengers transited at the airport.
Intercontinental traffic also rebounded decisively, benefiting from an improvement in Central South American and Far Eastern markets thanks to the start of new flights activated with the opening of the Summer season (Aeromexico to Mexico City and China Airlines to Taipei, Air China to Beijing, China Eastern to Shanghai, respectively).
North America is confirmed as the market with the highest number of passengers, thanks to the consolidation of flights launched last month and the reactivation in April of new routes to Charlotte by American Airlines, Chicago by United and Calgary by WestJet. The Middle East continues to show an almost complete recovery in 2019 traffic thanks to increased flights by Gulf Air to Bahrain and Wizz Air to Jeddah and Riyadh.
Domestic traffic confirms a positive trend, thanks to flows to the South with an overall recovery in 2019 traffic of 74 percent.
Ciampino Airport closes the month of April with about 330 thousand passengers passing through the airport, registering a growth of 13% compared to the same month last year. Although with significantly lower volumes out of Ciampino’s total traffic, passengers from the domestic and non-EU markets recorded a complete recovery, surpassing traffic in April 2019.
Polo Aeroportuale Nordest (VCE, TSF, VRN, VBS)
The Northeast Airport Hub, which includes the airports of Venice, Treviso, Verona, and Brescia, between January and April 2023 handled nearly 4.8 million passengers , recovering 96 percent of traffic from the same period in 2019. April ended with about 1.5 million passengers, accounting for 98 percent of traffic in the corresponding month of 2019.
Venice Airport has recorded more than 3 million passengers since the beginning of the year and nearly 980 thousand in April. Traffic is in line with the same period in 2019 (+1% compared to 2019 in April).
With over 600 thousand passengers between January and April (20 percent of total traffic), the domestic market was the main target one.
Main international markets were Great Britain, France and Spain.
In the first four months London and Paris were the main destination cities , followed by Madrid, Barcelona and Naples. United Airlines’ direct long-haul operation between Venice and Newark resumed. Wizz Air began connecting Marco Polo Airport with Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, supplementing the already operating flight to Jeddah.
Treviso airport handled more than 260 thousand passengers in April and more than 920 thousand in the first 4 months of 2023, recovering 94% of 2019 flows in the month and 86% year-to-date. Main market in the first four months was Romania, followed by Spain, domestic market, Belgium and Poland.
Favorite destinations between January and April were Bucharest, Brussels, Tirana, Paris, and Lamezia Terme.
Verona Airport handled over 240 thousand passengers in April and over 810 thousand since the beginning of the year. The recovery of 2019 traffic volumes was 94% in April and 92% progressive.
Verona airport’s main market was confirmed to be the domestic market, with nearly 340 thousand passengers in the reporting period (42% of total traffic). Second market was the English market, followed by Albania, Germany and Egypt.
Main destinations between January and April were Catania, London, Palermo, Tirana and Bari.