Category Archives: Argomenti correlati a Malpensa

EVA Air explains Milan route decision

Milan’s status at the heart of Lombardy – one of the most populated regions in Europe and the most prosperous in Italy – proved to be a key reason in EVA Air’s decision to open a new route to the World Routes 2020 host.

“While Milan is the second-largest city in Italy, it is the country’s financial and economic capital and a vibrant business and manufacturing centre, making the city a popular business travel destination,” spokesman David Chen told Routesonline.

“Its location in northern Italy makes it equally attractive for leisure travellers who want to shop the latest fashion, enjoy the area’s beautiful green parks, visit Lake Como or explore the beautiful beaches in Liguria.”

The Star Alliance member announced in July plans to add Milan to its network of destinations from next spring, becoming the first route in Europe to be opened by the carrier in the last 20 years.

The airline, which currently serves Amsterdam, London, Paris and Vienna, will open its fifth route to Europe on 18 February 2020 on board Boeing 777-300 aircraft. The service between Taipei Taoyuan to Milan Malpensa will operate four times per week.

Chen said EVA Air expects cargo to produce about 20 percent of the revenue on Taoyuan-Milan, adding the 777-300ER is the right aircraft to operate the route given its capacity to hold more bellyhold cargo than the 787-9, used for flights to Vienna.

“It also gives business travellers on limited budgets the option to book our award-winning premium economy class,” he said.

Under a bilateral agreement between Italy and Taiwan, two airlines from each country are allowed to fly seven weekly flights between Taiwan, Milan and Rome. However, the only link between the two is China Airlines’ three-weekly service to Rome Fiumicino, which has operated since 2016.

EVA Air, which carried more than 12.5 million passengers in 2018, currently flies to 65 global destinations, including 11 in North America and 50 in Asia and Oceania. Chen said there are no plans to extend services to other points in Europe “just yet”, but confirmed that Germany is on the carrier’s radar.

As well as launching service to Milan the airline is also increasing capacity on a route to another Routes host.

From 1 December 2019, the airline plans to operate Airbus A330-300 equipment on its Taiwan Taoyuan – Chiang Mai service, replacing A321s. The change is effective until 28 March 2020.

EVA Air’s A330-300s offer 309 seats in a two-class cabin, with 279 seats in economy and 30 in premium economy. The carrier’s A321s offer 184 seats; eight in business and 176 economy.

Routes Asia 2020 will take place in Chiang Mai from 8 – 10 March 2020. Located 700km from Bangkok, the city is the largest in the north of Thailand in terms of economic scale and population.

https://www.routesonline.com/news/29/breaking-news/286147/eva-air-explains-milan-route-decision/?highlight=milan

Interview: SEA Milan Airports CEO

Armando Brunini, the chief executive of SEA Milan Airports, discusses the current challenges and opportunities facing Malpensa and Linate, as well as why the city is hosting World Routes 2020.

Can you tell us about the investment taking place at Milan Linate? What impact will the development have?

“The investment is mainly aimed at enhancing safety, security, passenger experience and commercial revenues whilst it will not have a relevant impact on capacity. Linate is the city airport serving the business community and a full refurbishment is in process. After having revamped the façade and the arrivals hall, the airport is currently closed in order to completely renovate the runway and BHS system.

“We will reopen Linate end of October but works will continue in the terminal until first quarter of 2021 and our aim is to offer our customers and passengers an experience consistent with Milan’s positioning as one of the most dynamic and vibrant cities in Europe.”

Are any investments planned for MXP to accommodate projected capacity growth?

“Malpensa’s current capacity is fit to accommodate traffic volumes foreseen for the next five to seven years therefore most forthcoming investments will concern technology, refurbishments (i.e. all toilets will be reconstructed within the next two years) and interior design.”

What are the biggest challenges facing SEA Group at the moment? Conversely, what are the biggest opportunities?

“Our biggest challenge is happening right now and it’s the closure for three months of Linate with all traffic reallocated to Malpensa. We planned and prepared for this major operational event and we are now half way through the process with no major disruptions and level of service at Malpensa similar to last years. We need to focus now on the re-opening of Linate.

“Our biggest opportunities are that we serve an extremely dynamic region and city with a great potential to further grow as a destination and, differently to many European airports, we don’t have capacity issues.”

Sustainability is a key issue for airports around the world. What are you doing to ensure a balance between growth and sustainability?

“We have been working on sustainability from quite some time and we foresee to scale up our commitment. A comprehensive sustainability strategy with tangible actions is one of the pillars of our new strategic plan.”

 What are your ambitions for hosting World Routes 2020?

“Simply to showcase a magnificent city and region and, of course, to offer an unforgettable conference to all our colleagues from the world’s airlines and airports.

“World Routes is a chance for professionals from the aviation industry to experience Milan and its airports, one of Europe’s top ten airport systems. The event will put a spotlight on the city of Milan, allowing us to showcase the huge business opportunities for us to develop new direct routes, especially to Asia and the Americas.”

https://www.routesonline.com/news/29/breaking-news/286528/interview-sea-milan-airports-ceo-/?highlight=milan

 

È INIZIATO IL BRIDGE LINATE – MALPENSA

Milano, 27 luglio 2019 – L’operazione “Bridge”, ovvero la chiusura dell’aeroporto di Milano Linate e il trasferimento dei voli a Milano Malpensa, è iniziata e da oggi Malpensa accoglierà tutto il flusso del city airport che si fermerà per tre mesi per il rifacimento della pista, del sistema di smistamento bagagli e per il restyling del terminal. L’ultimo volo che ha salutato Linate è stato l’AZ1771 delle 23:20 con destinazione Palermo.

Per il sistema aeroportuale milanese si tratta di un grande sforzo organizzativo, iniziato già da molti mesi e che continuerà fino alla fine di ottobre, quando Milano Linate riaprirà con la presenza di cantieri che saranno aperti fino al 2021, con lo scalo pienamente operativo.

A mezzanotte del 25 luglio, il primo blocco di mezzi, circa la metà dei 300 totali, ha lasciato il Forlanini e percorrendo l’A4 è arrivato alla Cargo City di Malpensa, formando un maxi convoglio lungo quasi un chilometro.

Gli altri mezzi, tra cui 6 bus interpista, sono partiti ieri sera dalle ore 22 in poi, mano a mano che gli ultimi voli sono decollati da Linate, scortati da dieci equipaggi della Polizia Stradale.

Quarantacinque autoarticolati impegnati per il trasporto di bus interpista, ascensori mobili, trattori elettrici, scale passeggeri, condizionatori aeromobili, gruppi elettrogeni carrellati, portacontainer e nastri per il carico e scarico bagagli.

E saranno ben 700 le persone, tra dipendenti SEA, addetti dell’handling e altri operatori che, quotidianamente, attraverso 33 navette, durante i prossimi 3 mesi sposteranno la loro sede di lavoro a Malpensa, proprio per far girare al meglio gli ingranaggi dell’aeroporto. La prima navetta è arrivata a Malpensa alle 4.30 di questa mattina.

Milano Malpensa, vedrà un aumento medio di passeggeri del 30% e del 45% dei movimenti. Nella settimana di picco dal 29 luglio al 4 agosto saranno oltre 160.000 i passeggeri in più che partiranno da Malpensa. Oggi, primo giorno di voli trasferiti a Malpensa, sono previsti più di 110.000 passeggeri.

L’aeroporto di Milano Malpensa, che si è preparato a ricevere i voli di Linate attraverso importanti lavori di adeguamento e rinnovamento infrastrutturali, con un investimento di 18 milioni di euro, il primo volo di Linate è decollato questa mattina alle 6:44, un Alitalia AZ2013 con destinazione Roma Fiumicino. L’operatività dello scalo è regolare.

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RECORD-BREAKING TREND CONTINUES IN FIRST HALF OF 2019

RECORD-BREAKING TREND CONTINUES IN FIRST HALF OF 2019 WITH 12.5 MILLION PASSENGERS; 25.7 MILLION PASSENGERS IN ROLLING YEAR; READY FOR LINATE BRIEF CLOSURE

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.

https://www.routesonline.com/airports/18068/sea-milan-airports/news/285325/milan-malpensa-airport-1h-2019-traffic-results/?highlight=milan

jetBlue, FedEx and Atlas Air in Defense of QR’s & Air Italy

Two airline chief executives and the boss of global shipping company FedEx have sent an open letter to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to “set the record straight” over what they refer to as “wholly-unsubstantiated claims” about Qatar Airways and its minority investment in Air Italy.

Last week, Secretary Pompeo faced questions at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee in which lawmakers repeatedly asked about the expansion of Qatar Airways into the United States and whether its business ties with Air Italy “run directly counter” to a one-year agreement that the Trump Administration reached with the State of Qatar over the government-owned airline and its use of Open Skies regulations.

At the time, Secretary Pompeo said he was “personally engaged” in the issue and was looking into whether Qatar Airways had breached the agreement by taking a 49% stake in Italian airline Meridiana which has since been rebranded as Air Italy.  Since becoming Air Italy, the Sardinian carrier has opened a slew of new routes to North America including daily flights to New York JFK and Miami, as well as direct flights to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Toronto.

Critics claim Air Italy is being used by Qatar Airways to get around the commitments it made to the Trump Administration, such as the promise that it didn’t intend to open up any Fifth Freedom routes to the United States.

For its part, Qatar Airways says its 49% minority stake in Air Italy is “fully compliant” with last year’s agreement and that it doesn’t codeshare on any of Air Italy’s routes.

Now, Fred Smith Chairman and CEO of FedEx, Robin Hayes, CEO of JetBlue, and Bill Flynn, President and CEO of Atlas Air Worldwide have written an open letter to Secretary Pompeo to address “inaccurate statements made by opponents of Open Skies agreements.”

The three companies are members of a lobby group called the U.S. Airlines for Open Skies Coalition that was set up to counter claims from the Big Three U.S. airlines that carriers from the Middle East were putting thousands of American jobs at risk by entering the North American market with the help of huge government subsidies.

The letter says the current Open Skies policy that allows airlines like Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways unfettered access to operate flights to the United States is “unquestionably one of the most successful economic and diplomatic initiatives in American history.”

“It has produced record profits for our airlines, both passenger and cargo; and it has created jobs for American workers at home and abroad,” the letter continues.

The letter describes allegations that Air Italy’s flights to the United States are “defacto” Fifth Freedom flights as “illogical” and if accepted as turning “aviation law on its head.”

“It is clear that Qatar’s investment in Air Italy does not breach the Understandings, nor in any way violate Open Skies agreements between the U.S. and EU, or the U.S. and Qatar,” the letter reads.

Warning Secretary Pompeo of the consequences of acting on concerns raised by Air Italy’s critics, the three chief executives say there would be a “rapid unravelling of hard-fought aviation rights around the world.”

jetBlue has previously come in for criticism for its codesharing agreements with Emirates because U.S. government agencies were buying jetBlue tickets for employees who actually ended up flying with Emirates to international destinations.  FedEx and Atlas Air have both benefited from the Open Skies regulations that have allowed them to expand operations into the Middle East through Dubai and Doha.

It just goes to show that there are two sides to every story.  Critics of Qatar Airways – like Delta and American Airlines – will have to prove they’ve actually been harmed by Qatar Airways receiving government subsidies.  That’s something they’ve so far failed to do.

The full letter can be read below:


Dear Secretary Pompeo and Secretary Chao:
 
The U.S. Open Skies policy is unquestionably one of the most successful economic and diplomatic initiatives in American history.  Coupled with domestic airline deregulation, it has greatly expanded air service access at U.S. communities, stimulating extraordinary economic growth in the process; it has produced record profits for our airlines, both passenger and cargo; and it has created jobs for American workers at home and abroad.  We thank you for your staunch support for Open Skies and for ensuring that the U.S. remains steadfast in its commitment to open international aviation markets.
 
We write to you today, against renewed and thinly veiled attacks, to reiterate our support for Open Skies and for the January 30, 2018 Record of Discussion between the U.S. and the State of Qatar, and the May 11, 2018 Record of Discussion between the U.S. and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).  The “Understandings,” and the years of careful, diplomatic efforts that preceded them, struck an appropriate balance between two important interests: increasing transparency about government financial support of foreign airlines, leading potentially to market distortions not yet addressed in any aviation model, and the continuing U.S. support for Open Skies.   
 
The 2018 Understandings established certain expectations with respect to financial transparency and state support, while noting that such support is not uncommon in the global aviation sector.  We fully support the Understandings and their careful balance of interests.
 
Respectfully, as both the U.S. Departments of State and Transportation have reiterated numerous times, the Records of Discussion were carefully drafted to avoid addressing the aviation rights and obligations of the parties to the underlying Open Skies agreements.  In addition, the side letters from the governments of Qatar and the UAE do not contain any commitments to restrict 5th freedom service expansion by their airlines, just as the U.S. carriers exercise globally.  Ongoing contrary statements about the Understandings are plain misrepresentations, which do a disservice to the outstanding work of the U.S. officials who tirelessly sought to craft this carefully balanced outcome on behalf of our nation.  
 
We are especially concerned by the latest efforts to distort the Understandings even further with a wholly unsubstantiated claim that the Understandings control Qatar Airways’ minority investment in Air Italy, a legally certified European carrier.  This false characterization of Air Italy’s flights as “de facto” 7th freedom flights is contrary to established international aviation law.  The Air Italy flights in question would be legally permitted 3rd and 4th freedom flights operated by an EU carrier under the U.S.-EU Open Skies agreement.  If one were to accept this logic, Delta’s 49% investment in Virgin Atlantic would mean that Virgin’s flight from London to Dubai is a Delta 7th Freedom flight.  Further, American Airlines’ investment in state-owned and state-supported China Southern would turn China Southern’s flights from Beijing to Guangzhou into cabotage by American.  As we have explained, the claims are illogical and would turn aviation law on its head. 
 
With all of these false claims being pushed, we believe the time has come to set the record straight.  First, the Italian Civil Aviation Authority reviewed Air Italy’s ownership structure and concluded it complies with European aviation law.  Subsequently, the European Commission confirmed that decision.  If a party has facts supporting a contrary determination, they should request that the European Commission reevaluate its prior decision.  Additionally, it is clear that Qatar’s investment in Air Italy does not breach the Understandings, nor in any way violate Open Skies agreements between the U.S. and EU, or the U.S. and Qatar.
 
The all-cargo industry has spent decades working to develop global trade rules that address state-owned enterprises in the delivery sector.  During the same time, the U.S. passenger aviation industry could have developed similar policies and rules that would apply to all passenger carriers.  The fact is, however, that certain U.S. passenger carriers do not want these rules.  By accepting the role of state support in aviation, they have profited generously through their anti-competitive commercial alliances with other state-supported carriers worldwide.
 
Our interest has always been in maintaining our nation’s commitment to the Open Skies model because it is central to ensuring a thriving American aviation sector, including the hundreds of thousands of jobs we support, the benefits we bring to consumers, the incredible innovation it has spurred particularly through global cargo networks, and the freedom to compete that has allowed our cargo and passenger carriers to become the global leaders in commercial aviation.  We have consistently maintained that if any U.S. airlines have concerns with unfair competition they should attempt to negotiate rules that would apply to all airlines or pursue those claims through existing laws, such as the International Air Transportation Fair Competitive Practices Act (IATFCPA).   
 
Should the U.S. breach the U.S.-Qatar agreement by restricting Qatar Airways’ rights into the U.S., or the U.S.-EU agreement by restricting Air Italy flights, we can expect to see a rapid unraveling of hard-fought aviation rights around the world when other governments take similar action to shield their state-owned airlines from competition.  Undoubtedly, closing access to global markets will be a punishment that brings higher prices and fewer choices for American travelers, consumers, and shippers.  It would also invite retaliation against U.S. airlines that have used Open Skies and 5th freedom rights to build their thriving global networks – and upon which hundreds of thousands of American jobs depend.  Retaliation would also have a crippling impact on U.S. passenger carriers seeking new service to the EU and halt any ability to bring down ticket prices in the outrageously expensive transatlantic market. For JetBlue, who just announced its intention to begin service to London from New York City and Boston starting in 2021, the possibility of retaliation could have a devastating impact on the ability to obtain authority to operate in the EU under the U.S.-EU Open Skies agreement.

We thank you for your unwavering support for Open Skies policy and all Open Skies rights, including 5th freedom rights, which are of particular importance to U.S. all-cargo carriers.  We urge you to stand firmly behind those vital commitments.

https://www.paddleyourownkanoo.com/2019/04/17/jetblue-fedex-and-atlas-air-come-out-in-defense-of-qatar-airways-investment-in-air-italy/

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

PRONTO A LUGLIO IL PIÙ GRANDE PARCHEGGIO DI MILANO MALPENSA

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

China Southern plots Italian expansion

China Southern Airlines is making a bigger play for the Italian market as it seeks to gain ground on its rivals on China – Italy routes.