start-up carrier Ciao Fly has substantially amended its network strategy,
switching a number of airports and dropping plans for a second hub altogether,
after settling on the British Aerospace 146-200 as its preferred aircraft type.
Fly – which is also pushing its launch date back by a month to 1 July – had
been planning to operate services out of Parma and Rimini to European capital
cities but has opted to axe the Rimini hub plan.
the carrier will focus on two routes out of Parma Giuseppe Verdi Airport,
southeast of Milan. It will operate from Parma to Paris Cergy-Pontoise and
London Southend rather than Paris Beauvais and London Luton as initially
intended – although it is still planning to switch the Paris service to
Beauvais in the future.
Fly would have operated additionally from Rimini to Luton, Beauvais, Brussels
Liege and Catania in Sicily but a spokesman for the airline says that the
business case does not hold up.
have cancelled the Rimini operation,” he admits. “This will never come. We
performed a lot of marketing reviews but found that this service would not be
airline says that it is making the other network changes for “operational
reasons” adding that it is wary of the strong competition on Italian routes
from London Stansted, served by UK and Irish budget carriers Go and Ryanair.
Fly has decided to take two 90-seat BAe 146-200 aircraft for its initial fleet,
rather than Boeing 737s. It is still in discussions with potential suppliers
for the regional jets but will not identify the parties involved.
choice of the 146s was influenced by restrictions at Parma. Although the
airport has a 1,900m (6,230ft) runway, the spokesman claims that obstacles in
proximity to the airport would have presented difficulties in operating a
fully-laden 737 from the location.