The air traffic recovery continues in the winter season
Aeroporti di Roma- Fiumicino and Ciampino Airports
In the first month of the winter aviation season, the recovery of traffic at the two Roman airports is confirmed. In November, in fact, about 2.4 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 76% of passengers registered in November compared to the same month last year.
Fiumicino Airport this month records excellent results in terms of traffic recovery compared to 2019 reaching 77% of the total volumes recorded the same month last year.
This result is driven by a vigorous travel appetite that has significantly improved seat occupancy on board aircraft, surpassing the levels recorded in 2019 (77% with a growth of 1.2 percentage points). The traffic recovery continues to be supported by originating passengers – travelers departing from Rome – which boosts the recovery percentage to 88%, which grows further to 95% excluding areas where flying is not possible or with the presence of international mobility restrictions.
The European market continues to lead the recovery in traffic volumes with 93% more passengers and flights than in November 2019, in line with the close of the summer season. In the first month of the winter aviation season, while the positive effect of the summer period ends, new destinations reachable from Rome Fiumicino, such as Cork, Oviendo, Vilnius and Beauvais, are appreciated.
The percentage of recovery of traffic volumes compared to 2019 continues to grow also in the Extra-EU area driven by the excellent long-haul performance observed in the summer period, particularly in the Middle Eastern market with a recovery close to 100% of November 2019 traffic thanks to the consolidation of the new route to Bahrain by Gulf Air (June), to Damman by Wizz Air and greater presence on Tel Aviv thanks to Ryanair and Blue Bird. North America, although entering the off-season, holds the lead in terms of passenger volumes with a 2019 traffic recovery of 84%. 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 Ita Airways’ flights to Brazil and Argentina-and in the Far East with the activation of Qantas’ new connection to Australia (June) and the reinstatement of the flight to Seoul, first by Asiana (June) and in September by Korean Air. With the opening of the winter season, Rome returns to connect Mainland China (Chengdu, Wenzhou, Hangzhou, Guangzhou and Chongqing) and the Japanese market with the reactivation of ITA Airways to Tokyo-Haneda.
Domestic traffic continues to show a positive trend, thanks to flows to southern Italy and the start of Aeroitalia’s new connection to Milan-Bergamo, with an overall recovery in 2019 traffic of 70%.
Ciampino Airport closed November with more than 300 thousand passengers passing through the airport. Although with significantly lower volumes on Ciampino’s total traffic, passengers from the domestic and Extra-EU markets recorded a complete recovery of November ’19 traffic.
Polo Aeroportuale Nordest (VCE, TSF, VRN, VBS)
The Polo Aeroportuale Nordest, which includes the airports of Venice, Treviso, Verona, and Brescia, handled nearly 14 million passengers between January and November 2022, recovering 80% of traffic from the same period in 2019. November closed with more than 1 million passengers, accounting for 90 percent of November 2019 traffic.
There were more than 8.6 million passengers registered at the Venice Airport during the reporting period. The recovery over 2019 traffic was 80% progressive, 92% in November. The main international markets were France, Spain and Great Britain. The domestic market remained the main target market, covering 20% of total traffic.
Treviso Airport handled 214 thousand passengers in November and more than 2.4 million since the beginning of the year, recovering 80% of 2019 flows. In November, the recovery was 90%.
Romania, Spain and Belgium were the top international markets for the month. Italy was the top market, accounting for 15% of total traffic.
Verona Airport handled over 150 thousand passengers in November and about 2.8 million since the beginning of the year, recovering 81% of 2019 traffic volumes (87% in November).
The main market in November was confirmed to be the domestic market, with a 49% share of passenger traffic. Second largest market was the British market, followed by Albania, Germany and Egypt.
Main destination cities in the reporting month were Catania, Bari, Tirana and London.