Welcoming over one million more passengers last year than in 2016, adding three new airlines and launching 20 new flights resulted in Milan Bergamo Airport’s most successful year in its history. Recording a healthy overall 10.5% growth in passenger traffic last year saw a total of 12.3 million passengers travel through Italy’s third busiest airport (in terms of annual passengers).
A total of 17 scheduled carriers are now in Milan Bergamo’s portfolio, with a share of the airport’s record growth being attributed to the arrival of its latest airline partners – Arkia Israeli Airlines, Ernest Airlines and Ukraine International Airlines. With 737-800s being the most frequent aircraft type to be seen at the Italian airport, boarding gate A12 saw the most passenger use throughout the year.
By adding 20 new connections to its route map, and seeing the resumption of 11 seasonal links through S17, Milan Bergamo was connected to 35 countries in 2017. Last year the airport was linked to 125 destinations in total, with Sal in Cape Verde (4,412 kilometre) being the furthest place with regular operations and Nice (298 kilometre) being the closest point served. London Stansted ended the year as the most frequently flown destination with close to 1,400 flights over the past 12 months.
Continuing on its path of solid growth, Milan Bergamo is set to welcome further increases to its route network during 2018, having already lined up 10 new routes for S18, seven of which being unserved markets from the airport:
|Ryanair||Tangier (new)||27 March||Twice-weekly|
|Ryanair||Poznan (new)||27 March||Twice-weekly|
|Ryanair||Bourgas (new)||28 March||Twice-weekly|
|Ryanair||Lappeenranta (new)||28 March||Twice-weekly|
|Ryanair||Paphos (new)||29 March||Twice-weekly|
|Volotea||Split (new)||25 May||Twice-weekly|
|Volotea||Olbia||26 May||Three times weekly|
|Volotea||Dubrovnik (new)||28 May||Twice-weekly|
|Blu Express||Kos||15 June||Twice-weekly|
|Blu Express||Karpathos||24 June||Weekly|
“With a combination of desirable routes and appealing services for both our airlines and passengers, we succeeded in delivering new levels of passenger numbers over the last 12 months,” states Emilio Bellingardi, General Director, SACBO. “So far as 2018 is concerned we’re incredibly optimistic that the strong positive trend in our traffic expansion will continue. We’re witnessing the ongoing success of existing and well-established services as well as being able to provide new destinations,” added Bellingardi.