Trapani Airport is to be the base for a new Italian regional start-up carrier
branded Blueline which aims to launch services this summer connecting Sicily
and Mediterranean islands with southern Italy.
is aiming to start scheduled operations around June or July using a Bombardier Q400
twin-turboprop and intends to expand to a fleet of three aircraft; it claims
that it will buy its aircraft outright from the manufacturer.
of operations will depend on the delivery scheme from Bombardier,” says a
spokesman for Blueline. “The company will be based in Sicily and the main frame
of our flight plans will be flights to southern Italy, to Rome, and to a couple
of the nearby minor islands.”
lies on the western tip of Sicily. Islands in the region include Aeolian
Islands north of Sicily, the Isole Egadi group off the west coast and the
Italian island of Pantelleria east of Tunisia.
is in the process of acquiring an air operator’s certificate although the
carrier is unsure when this will be secured. The carrier is owned by a group of
individual investors with a background in the tourism and travel industry, but
the airline has named Amadeo di Savoi as its president.
start with one aircraft. But we are looking for three to operate for about the
first couple of years,” says the spokesman. He says that the company is still
in the process of being established and is unable to give information on
start-up costs and expected staff numbers.
has been the scene of a recent flurry of start-up activity with the emergence
of prospective budget carriers Ciao Fly and Airvia Italia, while Sicilian
carrier Free Airways announced towards the end of last year that it planned to
start charter operations from Palermo.