March: More than 3 million passengers transited through the roman airport sistem. The Northeast Airport Hub closed with more than 1.2 million passengers.
Aeroporti di Roma- Fiumicino and Ciampino Airports
March marks the end of the winter aviation season at Rome’s airports, which confirms the upward trend of traffic on Rome reaching a total of 3.1 million passengers.
In percentages, air traffic records the best post-pandemic result with 81 percent of volumes recorded in 2019. Positive balance of the entire first quarter of 2023 for Fiumicino and Ciampino airports, which see a doubling of last year’s volumes – still negatively affected by the spread of the Omicron variant – with a total of about 8.2 million travelers.
Looking at Fiumicino airport, closes the month with about 2.8 million transited passengers. Fiumicino airport, which welcomes 90 percent of Rome’s air traffic, also in March confirms the excellent performance of recent months, trailing the total recovery of European traffic recorded in March 2019: this result is driven not only by a greater propensity to travel but also by an increased leisure offer.
Traffic recovery continues to be buoyed by originating passengers that raise the percentage to an almost complete recovery (95 percent) of volumes recorded before the pandemic period.
The recovery percentage of traffic volumes over 2019 also continues to grow in Non-EU driven by the recovery of long-haul activity with 78 percent recovery over 2019, the highest ever. Dominating above all is the North American market with an 11 percent growth thanks to the activation of connections to Chicago, New York and Dallas by American Airlines and Washington by United launched with the Summer season that started last March 26; followed by the Middle East with a 14 percent growth in traffic compared to 2019 – a result linked to the launch of new flights to Damman, Riyah, Jeddah and Abu Dhabi by Wizz Air and the consolidation of new flights by Gulf Air to Bahrain, together with the increased presence on Tel Aviv. Relevant in the South American market is the start of AeroMexico’s new connection to Mexico City, which adds to the consolidation of traffic recovery with the return of Latam, Aerolineas Argentinas and the departure of Ita Airways flights to Brazil and Argentina. The Far East is improving with the gradual recovery of Greater China where the reactivation of connections to Shanghai by China Eastern, Beijing by Air China and Taipei by China Airlines is highlighted.
Domestic traffic continues to show a positive trend, thanks to flows to the South with an overall recovery in 2019 traffic of about 70%.
Ciampino Airport closed the month of March with more than 330 thousand passengers passing through the airport, registering a growth of 24% compared to the same month from last year. 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 March 2019.
Polo Aeroportuale Nordest (VCE, TSF, VRN, VBS)
The Northeastern Airport Hub, which includes the airports of Venice, Treviso, Verona and Brescia, in the first quarter of 2023, handled nearly 3.3 million passengers , a 94 percent recovery of traffic from the same period in 2019. March ended with more than 1.2 million passengers, accounting for 93 percent of traffic in the corresponding month of 2019.
Venice Airport has handled over 2 million passengers since the beginning of the year and over 790 thousand in March. Traffic for the first 3 months of 2023 is in line with the same period in 2019.
The domestic market was the main target market, with over 400 thousand passengers between January and March (20% of total traffic). Main international markets were Britain, France, Spain, Germany and Turkey. London and Paris were the main destination cities during the first quarter, followed by Madrid, Barcelona and Naples.
New medium-haul operations to Jeddah were inaugurated in March, to be joined by Riyadh in April, thus directly connecting Marco Polo with Saudi Arabia.
In March, Treviso Airport recorded more than 230,000 passengers and 660,000 in the trimester, recovering 83% of 2019 flows.
86% of passengers traveled to international destinations. First market in the first 3 months of 2023 was Romania, followed by the domestic market and Spain, Belgium and Poland.
Favorite destinations were Bucharest, Brussels, Tirana, Lamezia Terme, and Paris.
In March, Verona Airport handled over 207 thousand passengers and 566 thousand since the beginning of the year. The recovery of 2019 traffic volumes in the first quarter was 91%.
The contribution of domestic traffic, Verona airport’s main market, was 41% (229 thousand passengers). Second Second market by passenger traffic was the English market, followed by Albania, Germany and Egypt.
Traffic performance in the first months of the year is also linked to the ski market, as well as outgoing traffic to the Red Sea and some long-haul markets.
Main destinations between January and March were Catania, London, Tirana, Palermo and Bari.