Milan Bergamo Airport marks the double celebration of the welcome return of both Alitalia to its carrier roll call and Rome Fiumicino to the airport’s route network. Taking the number of domestic operations from the East Lombardy gateway to 16 during the summer season, the Italian legacy airline launched a high-frequency link to the capital city at the weekend.
Commenting on the arrival of the airport’s 19th airline partner, Giacomo Cattaneo, Director of Commercial Aviation, SACBO says: “It’s not every day that an airline as big and as well-known as Alitalia commences a flight from your airport to one of the world’s most famous capital cities. The optimal schedule gives all passengers in our densely populated catchment area the benefit of a same-day return to Rome, as well as the prime choice of connections on the carrier’s extensive long-haul network from its largest base.”
As the airport’s new service makes numerous other global destinations available via Alitalia’s vast connections – Buenos Aires, Boston, Johannesburg, Los Angeles and Tokyo being just a small selection – the operation will provide a vital service for all those travelling to Milan Bergamo and the surrounding provinces. “This route is very positive for both travel and tourism, as well as for Milanese businesses. There is an enormous attraction for companies based both in the cities and the provinces of Lombardy, even more so as our latest airline partner will offer fast-track security services to all passengers regardless of booking class,” adds Cattaneo.
Facing no direct competition, Alitalia will offer 28 weekly flights to Italy’s cosmopolitan capital from Milan Bergamo throughout S19. Marking the return of the Italian flag carrier to the airport’s domestic market for the first time after an eight-year hiatus, Milan Bergamo warmly welcomed the success of the inaugural flight in its first weekend, registering close to full load factor.
Initially returning to the East Lombardy gateway for the duration of Milan Linate’s three-month closure, Alitalia has confirmed the extension of its link between Milan Bergamo and Rome, operating a three times daily service throughout the Winter season. “It was clear from the outset that the market for Alitalia’s link was considerably healthy so it’s extremely welcome news that the carrier has already witnessed fantastic results and will continue to provide attractive services both for point-to-point traffic and for hub connections – a service in high demand within our region,” expresses Cattaneo.