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9 April 2015
Traffic growth continues
During the conference "Roma: a popular destination", focused on the issues of tourism in the Capital, reported traffic trends in the main Italian airport during the first quarter of 2015

During the conference "Roma: a popular destination", focused on the issues of tourism in the Capital, Lorenzo Lo Presti, CEO of Aeroporti di Roma, reported traffic trends in the main Italian airport during the first quarter of 2015. From January to March, Leonardo da Vinci recorded a passenger increase of 8.4% over the same period of 2014. Both components of traffic, domestic (+ 9.9%) and international (+ 7.6%), continue to drive the development, confirming the trend seen in previous months. In particular, we highlight the excellent results of the EU component, which grew +11.7%.

The summer

This trend should find further confirmation with the start of the so-called "Summer" season (late March to late October), characterized by a natural increase of links and frequencies offered by the carriers. At this time, the airlines' sales systems show an increase of over 6% compared to summer 2014 in terms of seats offered, which leads to expect an increase of 1.4 million passengers compared to last year. The result is also due to the launch of over 40 new connections. Among these, there are 13 new destinations available from Leonardo da Vinci. This growth will be strongly driven by the international market which, alone, will increase the supply of available seats for customers by as much as 9%, compared to the same period of 2014.

The contribution of Alitalia

The new Alitalia offerings are up to good levels, with the support of the new shareholder Etihad Airways. Starting in June, the Italian carrier will activate the new direct flight to Seoul with tri-weekly frequency. Towards South America, the company consolidates the transported volumes, confirming the daily flight on the important route Rome - Rio de Janeiro. The routes to the Middle East and North America remain interesting, with the reactivation of direct flights to Chicago and Los Angeles. For the summer, the carrier will also start a consolidation of its continental activities. The strengthening is mainly due to the full operation of the new connections inaugurated in the latter part of last year (Marseille, Dusseldorf and Berlin). A significant contribution to the development of the traffic will also come from the recovery of the capacity offered on the domestic market, which will favour the strengthening of Fiumicino's natural role as the main gateway for Italian connecting traffic, also through the opening of new flights to Pescara and Perugia.

The European market and the role of Fiumicino

Faced with an expected decisive recovery in the domestic sector, the other segments of the market (European and intercontinental) are crucial to the success of the coming months. Regarding the Old World, Spain and the Greek Islands remain among the favourite destinations, in addition to the major cities of continental Europe. The new link with Reykjavik, capital of Iceland, is worthy of note, provided by the new air carrier WOW and by Vueling.
The Spanish airline has launched several new routes, with 20 new links, among which: London Gatwick, Bilbao, Lyon, Budapest, Vienna, Nice and Marrakech, plus Rennes, Gran Canaria, Samos, Larnaca and Mytilene among the most popular summer destinations. This brings to more than 50 daily departures the flights offered to and from Rome by the Iberian carrier, confirming the strategic role of Fiumicino as natural hub of the Mediterranean. Also partly due to a presence in the major Italian cities, Vueling will see an increase in their overall flights by more than 62% of seats offered in Summer 2015, compared to that of 2014.

Important news also comes from easyJet, which is providing customers with new routes to Monaco and Alicante, in addition to destinations like Kos, Zakynthos and Santiago de Compostela, as well as increases in the frequencies to Vienna and Lyon.

Jet2.com has focused on Northern Ireland with the launch of the new flight to Belfast.
 
Ryanair, for its part, will launch new routes to Seville and Marseille, and will promote a boost of domestic traffic with the opening of new routes to Bari, Brindisi and Comiso.
The partnership between Etihad and Air Berlin will also provide more connecting traffic flows via Fiumicino to other destinations in Europe and worldwide. As for Turkey, there are two main updates: Smyrna, a new destination served by scheduled flights from the new carrier SunExpress, and the launch by Turkish Airlines to Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen.

Asia, America and Gulf countries

Highlights include the updates in long haul that confirm the positive trend recorded last year.

On the Asian side, an important new feature is the Korean Air direct flight to Seoul, which is integrated through a code share with the one mentioned above, which will be launched by Alitalia. The same destination also sees the new direct connection offered by the Korean carrier Asiana Airlines, the prestigious international company that has chosen to develop through Fiumicino its growth in the Mediterranean basin. 27 April will also see the inauguration of the first flight of the new Chinese carrier, Hainan Airlines, directly linking Rome to Chongqing, economic and industrial hub of ​​south-western China. Singapore Airlines will instead increase in July the frequency of the flight to Singapore, operating it up to 5 days a week.

For the Americas, there will be more connections to Chicago, with the opening of the new connection by United Airlines, and an increase of frequencies to Atlanta by Delta Airlines. Air Canada shows an increase in unit capacity to Montreal due to the strengthening of Air Canada rouge, the brand launched last year by the Canadian carrier, offering a service dedicated to leisure traffic.

As for the Gulf countries, great results are expected in terms of passengers carried, supported by the increase in Etihad offerings (thanks to the larger B777 compared to the A330), the adoption of the new B787 Dreamliner of Qatar Airways and the full operation of the third daily flight operated by Emirates to Dubai.

Starting in May, Vueling will increase frequencies to Africa with two weekly flights to Marrakech.

Easter traffic

According to our estimates, during the upcoming Easter holidays, in the week from 1 to 7 April, the airports of Fiumicino and Ciampino will see a flow of over 900,000 passengers, with an overall increase compared to Easter 2014 (16 to 22 April) of approximately 6%.  As for Leonardo da Vinci, national and intra-European routes (primarily to the art cities and the major European capitals) will see the greatest flow of passengers. 

ADR services to welcome passengers

There are about 50 new employees that ADR has hired to meet the needs of travellers, in order to facilitate their flow through the Terminal and in the baggage claim areas. In addition to the existing staff at the information desks, the operators will walk the terminals providing information. A new Multilingual Call Centre will be open at the information desks, to translate the requests of foreign passengers. The timetables and directions on the links (train, bus, taxi, traffic on the GRA in real time) will be provided on various totems at Terminal 1 and 3 - Arrivals. Four 55" monitors for each dedicated station. The Leonardo Express daily connections to and from Rome will increase from 88 to 110, with a frequency of every 15 minutes. Regarding the airport parking, a new management system has been adopted, facilitating the payment of parking directly at the exit column. New affordable rates for summer are available on the website (www.adr.it) web and mobile. These results are due to the investments that ADR made in the main Italian airport, raising the quality of services to the highest European standards. Among the most important recent news: the experimental system (called eGates) for the automatic control of electronic passports (8 active stations at T3 Schengen and non-Schengen Departures - 4 active stations at T3 non-Schengen Arrivals and 4 new stations that will arrive 21 April, also for T3 non-Schengen Arrivals) plus the adoption of the "Manchester form" to perform security checks more quickly, reducing waiting times. Do not forget the establishment of free and unlimited Wi-Fi, and the distribution throughout the airport of columns for charging devices. At the infrastructure level, next year will mark the inauguration of the E-F boarding area, which will allow the embarkation of 5 million more passengers and will be equipped with 14 new gates, which will allow the docking of A380 aircraft. High Speed Rail, offered by Frecciargento with two daily connections, provides Leonardo da Vinci with plane/train integration, confirming the role of Fiumicino as a hub for the country, extending the offer of flights also to the areas of Florence, Bologna, Padua and Venice. 

 

Tips for passengers

To begin your journey serenely, ADR makes available on its website (www.adr.it) a few tips to facilitate and speed up Terminal operations. It is possible to check in advance the Terminal from which your airline departs, and thanks to the online flight tracking service you can check all the departing or arriving flight details, and know in advance the baggage carousel when you land, or the boarding gate of a departing flight, to better organize your trip. The information is also available on the Free App by ADR, for iOS, Android and Windows.