Italian passenger numbers slip 1.7% in 2013

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Passenger numbers across Italian airports fell 1.7% in 2013 to 143.5 million, figures released by the Italian aviation regulator ENAC show.

Rome Fiumicino, Italy’s busiest hub, accounts for around a quarter of passenger numbers with just under 36 million. This is a little more than double the 17.8 million passengers at Milan Malpensa, Italy’s second busiest airport in 2013. Milan’s other airport, the downtown Linate site, is the third busiest with just under 9 million passengers.

Passenger numbers at all three airports slipped in 2013; falling 2% at Fuimicino and Linate, and by 3% at Malpensa.

There was growth at most of the other airports among the 10 busiest – many of which are favoured by low-cost operators. Traffic was up at Bergamo Orio Al Serio, Venice, Catania, Bologna, Rome Ciampino and Pisa airports, falling only at Naples airport. Traffic was down 6% to 5.4 million at Naples, the southern Italian airport at which EasyJet will launch its third Italian base at the end of this month.

ENAC figures show Alitalia, together with its Air One unit, carried the most passengers on Italian routes at just under 24 million. This was around a million ahead of Ryanair and almost double the number EasyJet carried on Italian routes in 2013. Notably Meridiana, the fifth largest airline in carrying 3.8 million passengers in 2014, was the only other Italian operator among the ten biggest operators on Italian routes.

The ENAC figures show low-cost carriers account for just over 40% of passengers carried on Italian routes.