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SEA Aeroporti di Milano firma accordo con Ctrip per rafforzare lo sviluppo del traffico passeggeri fra Milano e la Cina

Milano, 26/03/2019 – Nell’ambito del programma di incontri che si sono svolti in occasione della visita di Stato a Roma del presidente cinese Xi Jinping, è stato firmato a Roma in Campidoglio nella sala Pietro da Cortona dei Musei Capitoli, il protocollo di intesa tra Jane Sun, CEO di Ctrip International e Andrea Tucci – Vice President Aviation Business Development di SEA Aeroporti di Milano.

L’accordo, che consolida una collaborazione in essere da tempo, ha l’obiettivo di promuovere la destinazione Milano nel mercato cinese ed incrementare ulteriormente il traffico passeggeri tra le due destinazioni.

Nel 2018 sono stati 897.000 i passeggeri che hanno volato tra la Cina e Milano. Il dato conferma la consistente crescita negli ultimi 10 anni dei volumi di traffico fra le due destinazioni, che nell’ultimo anno ha registrato un incremento del +16%.

Attualmente sono 24 i collegamenti diretti settimanali tra la Cina e Milano  con Air China (Shanghai, Pechino), Cathay Pacific (Hong Kong) e Neos (Nanchino e Guiyang). Neos è l’unico vettore italiano a collegare la Cina direttamente dall’Italia .

Ufficio Stampa SEA

easyJet ends Alitalia interest

easyJet has walked away from a potential deal for Italy’s flag carrier and SkyTeam member Alitalia.

In a statement, it said following discussions with Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane and Delta Air Lines about forming a consortium to explore options for the future operations of Alitalia, it has taken the decision to withdraw from the process.

“easyJet remains committed to Italy, as a key market for the company, where it currently carries 18.5 million passengers every year and employs 1400 pilots and crew, all on local contracts,” the airline said.

“We continue to invest in the three bases in Milan, Naples, Venice, as we have done by basing additional aircraft in Venice and Naples last summer.”

(Routes Online)

Air Italy one year on

A year has passed year since Italy’s second-largest carrier Meridiana unveiled plans to rebrand as Air Italy, outlining an aim to transport ten million passengers per year by 2022.

The move came just months after it secured an investment from Oneworld member Qatar Airways, which acquired a 49 percent stake in holding company AQA Holding in October 2017.

Speaking at a press conference in Milan, Qatar Airways’ chief executive Akbar Al Baker said the Gulf carrier and Air Italy would “work together to build a sustainable airline alternative for the people of Italy and global travellers”.

In addition to the name change, the new-look carrier announced Milan Malpensa would be its home hub and revealed a string of new routes it planned to operate, including services to New York, Miami and Bangkok.

“Since our launch last year, we have received eight new aircraft and opened multiple new routes,” chief operating officer Rossen Dimitrov told Routesonline.

“Our cabin crew and ground staff have been fully trained on the new product and service and this is clearly paying dividends as we can see from our load factors and the ongoing feedback that we are receiving from our passengers.”

Air Italy’s fleet currently comprises three Boeing 737 MAXs, five Boeing 737 NGs and five Airbus A330s.

Since launching, the airline has opened new domestic routes from Milan to Rome, Naples, Palermo, Catania, Lamezia Terme and Cagliari, plus international services to New York, Miami, Bangkok and Delhi.

Flights from Milan to Los Angeles and San Francisco will start on 3 April and 10 April respectively, with Milan Malpensa – Toronto opening on 6 May. However, Bangkok and Delhi will end this month.

“We had an extremely satisfactory summer thanks to the great customer support, which helped us achieve our goals on our US flights to New York and Miami, with a load factor of more than 90 percent,” says Dimitrov.

“It is even more impressive that more than half of our customers choose Air Italy to fly from and to the south and the centre of Italy via Milan, confirming that we are delivering on our promise of providing our customers with a new choice for their worldwide journeys.

“These routes continue to be among our best performing international routes.”

Dimitrov adds that Milan Malpensa, which is operated by World Routes 2020 host SEA Group, has so far proved to be an ideal base from which to expand.

He explains: “First of all, Italy deserves an airline that it can be proud of both domestically and internationally. At the same time, for a business model based on a combination of domestic feeder plus long-haul international, you need to base your hub in a highly populated area.

“Thirdly, to ensure you have a solid audience for repeat customers, it makes sense to locate yourself in an area that has people with high disposable incomes. Clearly Malpensa facilitates all of these requirements.”

Looking ahead, Dimitrov says the focus for the rest of the year will be to make sure its current routes, plus the three new flights to North America, are a success before it announces any additional services. A three-weekly route to Chicago had been pencilled in for a May launch, but it is understood to have been postponed until 2020.

However, Dimitrov adds: “With our longer-term growth plan for 2022, there are clearly more new destinations to come and we will announce those in due course. In the meantime, we are focusing on launching these new destinations and enhancing our feeder connectivity on both ends.”

According to figures from OAG Schedules Analyser, Air Italy operated more than 160,000 two-way seats between Italy and the US in 2018, compared with Meridiana’s 130,000 in 2017. Overall capacity on the Italy-US market rose by 17.3 percent to more than 4.8 million seats.

However, Air Italy’s expansion in the US has drawn criticism from an alliance of US-based carriers, including Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and United Airlines. They allege that Qatar Airways is using Air Italy to add flights between the US and Europe, despite a voluntary agreement that it would not add additional US services.

Despite this, Dimitrov is adamant that it is not the case. “Air Italy is an Italy based and Italy registered independent airline,” he stressed. “As we have said on several occasions, Air Italy does not codeshare with Qatar Airways on any routes west of Milan and has no plans to do so.”

In November 2018, Air Italy entered into a codeshare agreement with LATAM Airlines Brazil. Air Italy’s IG code will be placed on LATAM flights between Milan Malpensa and São Paulo, while LATAM will put its LA code on Air Italy flights to seven destinations in Italy.

A codeshare was also agreed with Bulgaria Air in February 2019, with Air Italy’s IG code to be placed on Bulgaria Air flights between Milan Malpensa and Sofia, Varna and Burgas.

(Routes Online)


SEA si sta preparando con attenzione e impegno alla chiusura dell’aeroporto di Linate dal 27 luglio al 27 ottobre. Per tale ragione la Società sta lavorando con tutti gli Enti e le Istituzioni del territorio per contenere al massimo i disagi dei passeggeri e dei cittadini.

In questa prospettiva la firma dell’accordo, avvenuta lo scorso venerdì, per la gestione del più grande parcheggio di Malpensa tra l’Immobiliare GAN S.r.l. e SEA S.p.A., è la prima risposta concreta che viene data rispetto alla necessità di potenziamento dei servizi che scaturisce dall’aumento dei passeggeri.

Con 3.700 posti in più l’aeroporto di Milano Malpensa, infatti, amplia la propria offerta raggiungendo così un totale di quasi 15.000 posti auto.

Il nuovo parcheggio, come tutti i parcheggi ufficiali ViaMilano Parking dell’aeroporto, risponde ad alti standard di sicurezza e comodità ed è situato in una posizione strategica, da cui sono facilmente raggiungibili entrambi i terminal, grazie al collegamento diretto con un autobus dedicato.

L’immobiliare GAN, proprietaria dell’area, ha già da qualche settimana iniziato i lavori per la costruzione del nuovo parcheggio che è situato in corrispondenza dell’uscita per il terminal 2 della Strada Statale 336.

SEA sta, nel frattempo, proseguendo nel suo piano di investimenti (15 milioni di euro) sullo scalo di Milano Malpensa per far fronte all’aumento del traffico che interesserà l’aeroporto nei tre mesi di chiusura di Linate. A fine luglio sarà pronta una nuova isola check-in, l’adeguamento del sistema di smistamento bagagli (BHS), l’aumento del numero di postazioni per il controllo digitale dei passaporti e-gate e l’aumento dei varchi pre-filtri di sicurezza.

Cordiali saluti

Ufficio Stampa SEA

Air Italy expands Toronto service in S19

Air Italy in recent schedule update filed additional service changes for its planned MilanMalpensa – Toronto service. Planned service launch on 06MAY19 remains unchanged, however the airline is now offering 6 weekly flight options, instead of 4. A330-200 operates this route.

IG923 MXP1355 – 1715YYZ 332 x246
IG925 MXP1355 – 1715YYZ 332 2
IG925 MXP1610 – 1930YYZ 332 6

IG924 YYZ1945 – 1010+1MXP 332 x246
IG926 YYZ1945 – 1010+1MXP 332 2
IG926 YYZ2130 – 1155+1MXP 332 6

(Routes Online)

Alitalia resumes Milan – Tel Aviv route from late-July 2019

Alitalia in late-July 2019 plans to resume Milan Malpensa – Tel Aviv route, previously served by the airline until March 2010. Initially this route will commence on 29JUL19 with 5 weekly flights, increasing to 6 weekly from 07SEP19. Airbus A320 series aircraft is scheduled to serve this route.

AZ816 MXP1125 – 1620TLV 32S x67
AZ817 MXP1725 – 2045MXP 32S x67

Service operates Day x6 from 07SEP19.

(Routes Online)