At a meeting today in Naples, Ryanair announced its plans for wintering in the base which is one of the most important markets in southern Italy. Italy’s largest airline will operate twelve new routes from the city during the season starting next month, basing another 737 at the airport for it, bringing the number of based planes to five.
Overall, the investment for the winter season in Naples, according to the airline, is 100 million euros. In preparation for the next summer season, Ryanair plans to create 800 new jobs in Italy.
“As the number one airline in Italy, Ryanair is committed to rebuilding the Italian tourism industry,” said Dara Brady, airline marketing director, in a press release.
Although he said this winter that Ryanair was planning to take 55 new Boeing 737-8200MAX, labeled by the company as the “Game Changer”, he called on the Italian government to eliminate for all airports in the country the “Additional commune”, which charges 6.50 euros to each passenger at airports that board more than one million customers per year.
The charge for airports below that threshold was lifted in August until the end of the year, and Ryanair celebrated by launching 13 new routes and adding frequencies to 17 more.
The twelve new non-stop destinations from Naples are Agadir, Bucharest, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, London / Luton, Milan / Malpensa, Prague, Sofia, Tallinn, Tenerife South and Zagreb. This brings the total of non-stop flights from Naples operated by Ryanair to 46 and the number of countries served to 20, the company said.
“Ryanair is the largest airline in Naples in terms of number of passengers carried and destinations offered. The collaboration with the airport, which began in 2017, has been characterized by constant growth which, after a period of stagnation, is rebounding strongly, confirming the confidence of the airline in our market ”, said Margherita Chiaramonte, director of development of the network at GESAC, the company that manages Naples airport.
“A confidence that has made it possible to strengthen the base and increase routes, [that] went from 19 in summer 2017 to 46 in winter 2021 and translates into economic, social and professional growth for the territory. “
Naples is dominated by ultra low-cost carriers. According to data collected by Aviacionline with Cirium Diio Mi, 62.39% of the airport’s capacity next month is supplied by easyJet, Ryanair and Wizz Air, the three planes based at Capodichino airport.
Ryanair is expected to operate 1,488 flights to and from Naples in October, offering 282,632 seats and the equivalent of 29.07% of the airport’s total capacity for the month.
In Italy, Ryanair flights are operated by Malta Air, a group company based in Malta, for the purpose of taxing the payroll of its local employees. Nonetheless, with the exception of a number of Bergamo-based 737-8200MAX’s in Malta Air colors, all branding, marketing and sales efforts include Ryanair.