Rome, more than 2.5 million passengers transited the airport system; The Northeast Airport Hub closed Fabruary with more than 1 million passengers.
Aeroporti di Roma- Fiumicino and Ciampino Airports
The recovery of traffic at the two Roman airports continued in February, with more than 2.5 million passengers passing through, including more than 2.2 million at Italy’s main international hub – Rome Fiumicino – and about 300 thousand travelers at Ciampino airport. Air traffic, therefore, regains share compared to 2019, with 80 percent of passengers registered in the same month of 2019, confirming the trend started since the end of the year 2022 and recording best result in terms of recovery since the beginning of the pandemic.
Fiumicino Airport records excellent results in terms of traffic recovery compared to 2019 reaching 81 percent of the total volumes recorded in February 2019, despite the so called “deep winter” period. This result is driven by a vigorous propensity to travel, which shows positive performance compared to 2019 with a large number of boarded passengers. The traffic recovery continues to be supported by originating passengers – travelers departing from Rome – who raise the percentage to an almost complete recovery (93 percent) of the volumes recorded before the pandemic period.
The European market is confirmed as the driver of the recovery of traffic volumes recording a total recovery of 2019 passengers, a performance consolidated and in line with the 2022 closure.
The percentage of recovery of traffic volumes compared to 2019 also continues to grow in the Non-EU area driven by the excellent performance of short-haul where the African market excels, which records a total recovery of traffic; good results also for the long-haul routes – in significant growth since the 2022 summer season – in particular on the Middle Eastern market which recorded a +4% increase in passengers compared to February 2019. This result is linked to the launch of new flights by Wizz Air, which introduces in its network – in addition to Damman, Riyah and Jeddah – the recent connection to Abu Dhabi; furthermore, Gulf Air’s new flights to Bahrain are confirmed and consolidated, together with the increased presence on Tel Aviv thanks to Ryanair and Blue Bird. North America, albeit in the low season for the market, confirms excellent results in terms of 2019 traffic recovery with 95 percent of passengers transiting in the same period 2019. The fast recovery of the South American market initiated in the summer months-with the return of Latam, by Aerolineas Argentinas, and the departure of Ita Airways flights to Brazil and Argentina- and the Far East is confirmed with the activation of the new Qantas connection to Australia (June ’22) and the restoration of the flight to Seoul, first by Asiana (June ’22) and in September ’22 by Korean Air, followed by the reactivation of Delhi and Maldives by ITA Airways (Dec ’22). Confirmed newly activated routes to Mainland China (Chengdu, Wenzhou, Hangzhou, Guangzhou and Chongqing) and the Japanese market with ITA Airways’ reactivation to Tokyo-Haneda.
Domestic traffic continues to show a positive trend, thanks to flows to the South with an overall recovery in 2019 traffic of 70%.
Ciampino Airport closed the first month of the year with about 300 thousand passengers transiting the airport. Although with significantly lower volumes out of Ciampino’s total traffic, passengers from the non- EU market recorded a complete recovery, also exceeding the traffic recorded in February 2019.
Polo Aeroportuale Nordest (VCE, TSF, VRN, VBS)
The Northeast Airport Hub, which includes the airports of Venice, Treviso, Verona, and Brescia, handled more than 2 million passengers in the first two months of 2023, recovering 95% of traffic from the same period in 2019. February closed with more than 1 million passengers (95 percent of traffic in the corresponding month of 2019).
Venice Airport handled 640 thousand passengers in February and 1.26 million since the beginning of the year, performing in line with 2019 (+0.5% year-to-date). First target market in the first two months was the domestic market, with 257 thousand passengers (20% of total traffic). Main international markets were Spain, France and Great Britain.
Over 9 thousand passengers traveled between Venice and the two new medium-haul markets directly connected to Marco Polo: Armenia and Jordan.
Treviso Airport handled 206 thousand passengers in February and 426 thousand in the first two months of 2023, recovering 85% of 2019 flows.
85% of passengers traveled to international destinations between January and February 2023. First market was Romania, followed by the domestic market and Spain, Belgium, and Poland.
Main destination cities were Bucharest, Brussels, and Lamezia Terme.
Verona Airport recorded 174 thousand passengers in February and 359 thousand at progressive, with a 91% recovery of 2019 traffic volumes (93% in February).
Verona airport’s main market in the first two months of 2023 was the domestic market, with a 41% of total traffic (148 thousand passengers), followed by Britain, Albania, Germany and Egypt.
Neos’ long-haul routes continued, handling 15 thousand passengers since the beginning of the year.
Main destination cities in the first two months of the year were Catania, London and Bari.