EVA Air schedules Milan-Taipei launch in Feb 2020

EVA Air to open first new European route in two decades

EVA Air will add Milan Malpensa to its network of destinations next spring, becoming the first route to be opened by the carrier in Europe in the last 20 years.

Star Alliance carrier EVA Air is to start a four-weekly service from Taipei Taoyuan to MilanMalpensa (MXP) next year.

Milan, which will host World Routes in 2020, will become the airline’s fifth destination in Europe alongside Amsterdam, London Heathrow, Paris CDG and Vienna.

“Adding a top-quality carrier like EVA Air to our airline roll call at Malpensa is a real coup for us,” said Andrea Tucci, VP aviation business development at SEA.

“To be selected as the carrier’s only destination in Italy, and one of just five in Europe, validates the growing attractiveness of the Milan brand abroad, thanks to a rich calendar of events and a dynamic economic environment.”

Operated year-round, EVA Air will fly the 9,640 km route on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from Taipei Taoyuan, and will leave Milan on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Tucci said importance of the airline’s hub in Taipei, and the potential for onward connections, will also benefit the new route.

“We expect many travellers on the route to fly point-to-point between Taipei and Milan, but we also anticipate significant volumes of passengers and cargo transfer traffic on EVA Air’s network of 31 points in Asia, 18 in China and Brisbane in Australia,” he added.

Taipei Taoyuan becomes the 18th Asian gateway flown from MXP and EVA Air the 14thairline with flights to the region. The only other link between Italy and Taipei is China Airlines’ three-weekly service to Rome Fiumicino, which has operated since 2016.

Tucci said: “Asia is market that is growing by 17 percent year-on-year for MXP, thanks to the investment in capacity by our 13 serving airlines and their collective strategy to improve the quality of Milan’s network by moving beyond traffic closer to its final destination.”

According to figures from Sabre Market Intelligence, O&D traffic between Milan and Taipei was 38,677 two-way passengers, a reduction of 9.7 percent compared with the previous 12 months. About 30 percent of traffic connected via Hong Kong in 2018, followed by 17 percent via Dubai.


Air Italy: accordo con Alaska Airlines per dieci nuove destinazioni

18/06/2019 08:56
Guadalajara è la prima destinazione del vettore in Messico. Portland, Seattle, San Diego e altre raggiungibili via Los Angeles, San Francisco e New York

Air Italy aggiunge dieci nuove destinazioni negli Stati Uniti e in Messico grazie alla firma di un nuovo accordo di special prorate agreement con Alaska Airlines. Anchorage, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Seattle, Portland, Palm Springs, San Diego, Seattle, San Jose (California) e Guadalajara, in Messico, le nuove mete che si vanno ad aggiungere al network di voli.

I passeggeri di Air Italy potranno così collegarsi alle tratte servite da Alaska Airlines, che insiste sugli aeroporti di Los Angeles, San Francisco e New York (JFK), serviti direttamente dal vettore italiano con la propria flotta di Airbus A330-200, che prevedono 24 posti, dotati di sedili completamente reclinabili nell’esclusiva business class e 228 posti in economy class.

L’accordo consolida il lancio dei voli non-stop per Los Angeles e San Francisco inaugurati lo scorso aprile e di New York, operativo dallo scorso anno.

“Questa nuova opportunità con Alaska Airlines offrirà ai nostri clienti più opzioni per connettersi senza problemi dalla nostra rete verso nuove destinazioni come la costa del Pacifico nord-occidentale, le isole Hawaii e il Messico. Allo stesso tempo, questo nuovo sviluppo rende disponibile ai passeggeri in partenza dall’Italia una gamma significativamente più ampia di opzioni nella costa ovest degli Stati Uniti e in Messico, confermando il nostro piano di crescita e le promesse del nostro marchio”, ha dichiarato Rossen Dimitrov, chief perating officer di Air Italy

Il nuovo accordo Spa segue il lancio dei nostri voli non-stop dalla California, Toronto, New York e Miami a Milano, che consentono a più clienti in tutto il Nord America di sperimentare il nuovo prodotto della compagnia .

Tutti i passeggeri di Air Italy, che provengono dalle destinazioni intercontinentali, beneficiano di collegamenti nazionali in coincidenza tra Milano e il Centro-Sud Italia e le isole, come Roma, Napoli, Palermo, Catania, Lamezia Terme, Cagliari e Olbia.




Caption: Cabo Verde Airlines returned to Milan Malpensa on 1 July with a strategic connection not just for the airport, but also for Italy. The direct service to Sal, will be operated four times weekly all year by the carrier’s 202-seat 757-200 fleet. “Today we are inaugurating something more than a new flight, we welcome a new model of courageous development that Cabo Verde Airlines proposes to the Italian market,” said Aldo Schmid, SEA’s Aviation Marketing Manager. The African carrier plans an intercontinental bridge thanks to its hub on Sal which serves three Brazilian destinations (Salvador de Bahia, Fortaleza and Recife) and one in Africa (Dakar).

Milan, 8 July 2019 – Traffic records continue to tumble at SEA’s Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP), with the Italian gateway now having delivered 48 consecutive months of passenger growth. In a rolling 12-month period the airport has now handled 25.7 million passengers.

These impressive results mean that MXP has exceeded the pre-dehubbing traffic record by more than two million passengers. “In the last 10 years the number of travellers using MXP has increased by 44%,” states Andrea Tucci, VP Aviation Business Development at SEA, “remarkably this has been achieved with just a 6% rise in aircraft movements.”

Throughput figures for 1H 2019 are also at a record level, with just under 12.5 million passengers being handled at MXP during the first six months of the year. “This +10% year-on-year growth between January and June is as a result of 30 new services and a total of 130 additional weekly flights in 2019,” adds Tucci.   “MXP’s route network is expanding and the airport now serves 200 destination in 77 nations, making Malpensa ninth in the world in terms of country markets served by hubs, ahead of airports like Doha, Munich, Brussels and Rome.”

Looking just at MXP’s June traffic results, 2.49 million passengers passed through the facility, representing a 11% spike in monthly throughput. “June 2018 was the airport’s record sixth month of the year, but this has now been replaced by June 2019,” says Tucci. Routes to new destinations like Sal from Cabo Verde Airlines, as well as Stavanger and Bergen from SAS which all commenced in June have contributed to the extraordinary traffic figures. Commenting on MXP’s airline portfolio, Tucci was bullish about the airport’s offer. “Seven of the top 10 best airlines in the world, as awarded by SkyTrax, take off from Malpensa.”

The Milan airport system closed 1H 2019 with a total of 16.8 million passengers, an increase of 6.4% compared to 2018, with Milan Linate having delivered 4.3 million passengers, down -3.9% year-on-year. This result was due in a large part to the restructuring of both Alitalia and Air Italy at Linate, with the carriers’ major international business routes still undergoing a period of consolidation.

The general slowdown in global cargo volumes which persisted throughout 2018 has continued into the first half of 2019, with MXP’s tonnage down by 6.7%. Over the rolling 12-month period the airport’s cargo result is marginally better, currently tracking at -4.9% versus the previous year. “It is not easy to predict how the cargo market will react at the moment, but we are confident that there will be a boost coming from the pharmaceuticals and e-commerce sectors which could lead to an air freight recovery in the last quarter of the year,” comments Tucci.

The remainder of S19 will be challenging for SEA as the city’s downtown Linate Airport temporarily closes on 27 July until 27 October for runway maintenance. “We are investing around €18 million to adapt Malpensa’s infrastructure and operating systems to welcome additional traffic from Linate,” explains Tucci. The check-in, Schengen gates and baggage sorting areas are being adapted to accommodate the surge in traffic, with a taxiway also being temporarily converted to an apron. “MXP is going to host in its peak season a 30% increase in capacity that, once the flights return to Linate, can easily be replaced by new carriers and flights thanks to the residual hub capacity in Milan that is not easy to find at many other European gateways,” concludes Tucci.


Chinese carriers apply for new European routes

China Eastern has applied to serve Milan, the host destination for World Routes 2020. It plans to operate Wenzhou – Milan twice a week, starting in October 2019.

Milan Malpensa is currently connected to four destinations in China. Air China operates daily service to Beijing Capital and Shanghai Pudong, while Neos Air flies once a week to Guiyang and twice weekly to Nanjing.

(Routes Online)

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