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Ryanair says no to Genoa

The new Ryanair base will be only a dream! Ryanair says no to Genoa due to lack of infrastructures or fast link on the territory for passengers when leaving or getting the port of call. Essentially its a problem linked to the city and its chronic lack of infrastructure, rather than the airport. The low cost carrier, in fact, claims to the territory a series of essential guarantees: adequate advertising support to the flights, Park and ride for providing high speed train lines and bus links to the city at low cost fares so as not to force the passenger to use only cabs (which cost more than the flight). All of which, today, Genoa is not able to offer. Thus, the two B737/800s that Ryanair intends to base at Genoa airport such that links sixteen (ten international for France, Great Britain, Germany, Spain, Scandinavia, six domestic) will do not added.

Brassbox Limited buys 14 Alitalia-LAI EMB145s

In the past days Alitalia-Linee Aeree Italiane extraordinary commissar Augusto Fantozzi has assigne to Brassbox Limited the Lot 6 composed by 14 EMB145s for 24,5 million Euro in the past in service with Alitalia Express. This is the only offer presented for those jets. in the beginning the Lot & value was 30 million €, but none has presented any offer.

Egyptair plans to open Bologna
In these days Safwat Mosallam, Egyptair vice president alliances and international relations have announced by 2010 the twice daily flight to Rome and Milan. Egyptair intends also to add services towards Bologna. Mosallam knows very well the Italian market due to he was the former country manager.
Air Transat increase services to Venice

In 2010 Air Transat has released to fly twice a week from Canada to Venice with single weekly flights on Venice-Montreal and Venice-Toronto. In 2009 they has operated with a weekly flight to both destinations.

USAirways eliminate Milan

The new summer 2010 schedule release that Milan Malpensa is one of the five destinations that will be eliminated by 2010 from Philadelphia.  These destinations together with Milan are Birmingham, London Gatwick, Shannon and Stockholm Arlanda, the seasonal routes from Philadelphia to Brussels and Zurich will transition to all year-round in late 2010. These routes are upgraded in the optic to swap passenger of Star Alliance due to they are hub of the system. Venice continue to be seasonal in 2010 from May to October end.

Lufthansa Cargo is ready to close Milan

LUFTHANSA Cargo is on the way to move back to Frankfurt its two MD-11Fs from Milan by the end of the year, due to the operations from Italy commenced in last February continue to produce losses.

New services of Cargoitalia, new wxpansions on the way with Cargolux Italia and low profit margin in the indeed low fare Italian market are the reasons of the move back home.

Air Arabia Egypt soon to Italy

This morning Air Arabia Maroc COO Rahit Ramachandram have confirmed the intention for Air Arabia Egypt to land next year in Italy. Two airports in Italy are predicted to obtain regular flights from a new hub in Egypt that soon will be announced. Air Arabia is looking to establish another subsidiary in the Middle East. Candidate can be Lebanon or another country in the area.

Alitalia in winter 2009/10 schedule. New routes, new planes, new interiors

Alitalia - Compagnia Aerea Italiana winter timetable comes in effect today October 25 2009, valid until 27 March 2010.

The schedule includes 2300 flights per week on 129 routes and 72 destinations in Italy and in 35 other countries worldwide.

In detail, Alitalia will fly to:
• 23 domestic destinations with 56 routes and 1525 flights per week.
• 36 international destinations with 58 routes, 691 flights per week with an organization and scheduling that will also return trips to major European destinations.
• 13 intercontinental destinations with 15 routes and 83 flights per week.

Key new features include:
• the launch of new international flights (December 15th 2009) from Turin Airport to Amsterdam, Istanbul, Moscow and Berlin;
• flight Venice - Catania, which will increase the frequencies becoming daily.

Continue in the meantime the plan to renew the fleet with the arrival of brand new Airbus A320s and the gradual replacement of the cabin in the aircraft already in fleet with the latest generation of slim seats.

CitiJet will launch London City-Venice?

No schedules are available at the moment on that route. But, on the airline web site in the destination map is recently appeared the new route London City-Venice. Its the 1st route proposed to Italy by the 100% company in the hands of Air France and based in Dublin. Today CityJet is in business to Italy with services operated on behalf for Air France on Paris CDG-Florence.

Smartwings opens Naples and Catania
New services to Italy for Smartwings after the demise of SkyEurope. Catania is scheduled two times a week on tuesdays and saturdays with effect June 2010. Naples is now available by summer season 2010 with three weekly flights on wednesdays, saturdays, sundays.
Air Berlin launch new routes to Southern Italy

New routes to Bari, Catania, Palermo and Naples from Switzerland is the new announcement made for filling up many holes in the schedules. The routes are twice or thrice a week effectively by summer season 2010:

Bari-Zurich is 3xweek on mo-we-sa

Catania-Basel 2xweek on fr-su

Catania-Zurich 3xweek on tu-sa-su

Naples-Zurich is 3xweek

Palermo-Zurich is 3xweek


2nd B747/400Fs to Cargolux Italia
Cargolux Italia 2nd B747/400Fs is scheduled in delivery at Milan Mxp by November and with this new ship new routes to Africa, South Africa, Thailand, Japan are planned in opening.
Wizzair increase fligths Warsaw-Italy

The new 4th A320s expected in operations from Warsaw as from 23 March 2010 will increase flights on these routes:

Warsaw-Forlì from 2 to 3xweek (tu-th-sa)

Warsaw-Rome FCO from 5xweek to daily

No losses for Alitalia in third quarter

Rocco Sabelli, CEO speaking to the trade unions have reported that in the third quarter Alitalia has matured no substantial losses. About the fleet there are intentions to explore the way to add four more regional liners and candidates are Canadair, Embraer and Superjet 100s.In the long haul they are looking to replace the 6 B767s with 2 B777s and 4 A330s.


Seagle Air will base 3 jets at Lamezia by Oct 26 2009

The joint venture with two local entrapreneurs allows Seagle Air to propose a great network with keypoint Lamezia Terme. 3 jets are expected to be based by Oct 26 2009. Domestic and international destinations will compose the network.

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