Roman air traffic opens the new year with 2.6 million passengers; Venice records a positive performance of +1.4 percent compared to the corresponding month of 2019.
Aeroporti di Roma- Fiumicino and Ciampino Airports
The first month of 2023 confirmed the recovery of traffic at the two Roman airports. In January, in fact, about 2.3 million passengers transited at Italy’s main international hub and more than 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, tracing the best result in terms of recovery since the beginning of the pandemic.
Fiumicino Airport this month records excellent results in terms of traffic recovery compared to 2019 reaching 82 percent of the total volumes recorded in January 2019. This result is driven by a vigorous propensity to travel related to the holiday season that characterized especially the first part of the month. The traffic recovery continues to be supported by originating passengers – travelers who departed from Rome – raising the percentage to an almost complete recovery (96 percent) of the volumes recorded before the pandemic period.
The European market continues to lead the recovery in traffic volumes by recording a full recovery of 2019 passengers, performance in line with the 2022 close. The percentage of traffic volume recovery compared to 2019 also continues to grow in the Non-EU area driven by the excellent performance of the long-haul segment observed since the 2022 summer season, particularly in the Middle Eastern market which recorded a 100% recovery of January 2019 traffic thanks to the new flights of Wizz Air which introduces in its network – in addition to Damman and Riyah – the recent connection to Jeddah; 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, although entering the low season period, confirms excellent results in terms of recovery of 2019 traffic with 93% of passengers transited in the same period 2019. The summer months also saw a quick recovery in the South American market-with the return of Latam, by Aerolineas Argentinas, and the departure of flights by Ita Airways to Brazil and Argentina-and in the Far East with the activation of the new Qantas connection to Australia (June ’22) and the reinstatement 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). Presence, albeit still embryonic, on Mainland China (Chengdu, Wenzhou, Hangzhou, Guangzhou and Chongqing) and the Japanese market is confirmed with ITA Airways’ reactivation for Tokyo-Haneda.
Domestic traffic continues to show a positive trend, thanks to flows to the South with an overall recovery in 2019 traffic of 73 percent.
Ciampino Airport closed the first month of the year with about 320 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 January 2019.
Polo Aeroportuale Nordest (VCE, TSF, VRN, VBS)
The Polo Aeroportuale Nordest, which includes the airports of Venice, Treviso, Verona and Brescia, handled more than 1 million passengers in January 2023, with a 95 percent recovery of January 2019 traffic.
Venice Airport recorded 624 thousand passengers in the opening month of 2023, a positive trend of +1.4% compared to the corresponding month of 2019. The domestic market remained the main target market, with about 140 thousand passengers (22% of total traffic). Main international markets were Spain, Great Britain and France. First destination city was London, followed by Paris, Madrid, Barcelona and Naples.
Treviso airport handled 220 thousand passengers, with 85% of 2019 flows recovered.
85% of passengers traveled to international destinations. Main international market was Romania, followed by Spain and Belgium. Main destinations were Bucharest, Brussels, Tirana, Lamezia Terme, and Paris.
Verona Airport handled 185 thousand passengers during January. The recovery of 2019 traffic volumes was 89%.
The contribution of domestic traffic, Verona airport’s main market, was 44% (80 thousand passengers). Second market by passenger traffic was the English market, followed by Albania, Germany and Egypt.
Main destination cities were Catania, London, Bari, Tirana and Palermo.