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EASTER 2014: 280,000 PASSENGERS WILL FLY WITH ALITALIA +12.5% COMPARED TO EASTER LAST YEAR

15-04-2014
ONE MILLION TRAVELLERS ARE EXPECTED TO TRAVEL BETWEEN 18 APRIL AND 5 MAY
 
TRAFFIC ON THE INCREASE FROM THE ROME FIUMICINO HUB, AS A CONSEQUENCE OF THE SUCCESSFUL REHUBBING  WITH MORE CONVENIENT CONNECTIONS
 
PREFERRED DESTINATIONS :  
DOMESTIC : SICILY, SARDINIA, APULIA, CALABRIA
INTERNATIONAL : PARIS, AMSTERDAM, MADRID, ATHENS, TEL AVIV
INTERCONTINENTAL : NEW YOR, SAO PAULO, BUENOS AIRES, TOKYO
 
ALITALIA’S OPERATIONAL PERFORMANCE  IN MARCH AND THE FIRST QUARTER 2014
 
THE LOAD FACTOR ON ALITALIA FLIGHTS IN MARCH INCREASED TO 75.6% (+ 1 PERCENTAGE POINT COMPARED TO SAME PERIOD IN 2013)
 
IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 2014 :
  • 4 MILLION 542 THOUSAND PASSENGERS WERE CARRIED, IN-LINE WITH THE FIRST THREE MONTHS OF 2013
  • INCREASE IN LOAD FACTOR DURING THE PERIOD BY 1.1 PERCENTAGE POINTS
  • 77.6% LOAD FACTOR ON INTERCONTINAL FLIGHTS (+1 P.P. VS 2013)
  • +9% INCREASE IN PASSENGERS ON INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS (+14% FROM ROME FIUMICINO) 
  • INCREASE IN LOAD FACTOR ON DOMESTIC FLIGHTS BY 2.1 P.P.
  • +12.1% INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF PASSENGERS ON DOMESTIC FLIGHTS TO/FROM MILAN LINATE
  • MORE THAN 250 THOUSAND PASSENGERS ON ROUTES TO SARDINIA
 
ALITALIA CARRIED 23,993,486 PASSENGERS IN 2013, CONFIRMING IT TO BE THE FIRST CARRIER AMONG THOSE OPERATING FROM ITALY.
 
EXCELLENT OPERATIONAL PERFORMANCE AND GROWTH IN MARCH
PUNCTUALITY 92.3% (+5 P.P. VS. MARCH 2013 WHICH WAS 87.3%);
REGULARITY 99.9% (+0.2 P.P. VS MARCH 2013 WHICH WAS 99.7%).
 

Rome, 15 April 2014 -  More than 280,000 passengers will travel with Alitalia during the Easter festivities (18-22 April). An increase of +12.5% compared to Easter 2013.  Specifically, more than 205,000 passengers will travel through the Rome Fiumicino hub, an increase of 10% over last year. 

 
Moreover, from 18 April to 5 May, which includes the Easter period, the celebrations for the canonisations of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II, and the Italian public holiday weekends of 25 April and 1 May, more than one million passengers are expected to travel on Alitalia flights. 74% of passengers will transit Rome Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci airport confirming customer satisfaction with the Re-hubbing project, initiated last winter, which reviewed connection times guaranteeing more convenient flight timings for passengers departing from other Italian and international airports. 
 
Preferred holiday destinations are: Sicily (Catania, Palermo), Sardinia (Cagliari), Apulia (Bari) and Calabria (Lamezia Terme) for domestic flights;  Paris, Amsterdam, Madrid, Athens and Tel Aviv for international routes, and New York, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires and Tokyo for long-haul flights.
 
OPERATIONAL PERFORMANCE IN MARCH
 
March 2014 saw an increase in the load factor on Alitalia flights compared to the same month in 2013. The load factor on Alitalia flights reached 75.6%, an increase of one percentage point compared to March 2013, which was recorded as 74.6%. 
 
1,684,987 passengers were carried by Alitalia in March 2014, a slight decrease compared to the same month of the previous year, due to fact that the Easter holidays, a busy period for passenger air travel, coincided with the end of March. In 2014, Easter falls towards the end of April. 
 
In the first three months of 2014, the Company reported positive traffic figures as a result of the efforts made towards the increase in international and intercontinental sectors and the reorganisation of domestic schedules.
 
From January to March 2014, Alitalia carried 4,542,314 passengers, a figure substantially in-line with the first three months of 2013, with an increase in load factor of 1.1 percentage points: from 70.7%, for the first three months of last year, to 71.7% for the period January – March 2014. 
 
Alitalia closes the first quarter of 2014 with a load factor of 77.6% on intercontinental routes, an increase of one percentage point compared to the same period in 2013.
 
During the period, the most notable increase in traffic was recorded on international routes (Europe and Middle East), with +9% more passengers compared to the first quarter of 2013 and with a peak of +14% of passengers on international routes from and to Rome Fiumicino.
 
On domestic routes, which still show a slight decrease in traffic due to the critical Italian macroeconomic scenario, Alitalia has been able to effectively manage the capacity on domestic flights, closing the first quarter with an increase in load factor of 2.1 percentage points (from 63.4% in 2013 to 65.5% in 2014).  
 
Between January and March 2014, Milan Linate became the airport with the fastest growing number of passengers carried on domestic flights (+12.1% vs January-March 2013). An increase of +1% in the number of passengers and an increase of 2.4 percentage points in load factor was recorded on the Rome Fiumicino – Milan Linate route.
 
An excellent performance was recorded on the Sardinian region routes operated by Alitalia (Rome-Cagliari, Milan-Cagliari and Milan-Alghero), with over 250,000 passengers carried between January and March 2014.  
 
Alitalia carried a total of 23.993.486 passengers in 2013, confirming it to be the number one carrier of those operating from Italy.
 
Alitalia’s operational performance (punctuality and regularity) continues to maintain levels of excellence even in March 2014.
 
During the month, punctuality A15 – i.e. the number of flights landing within 15 minutes of the scheduled time of arrival, reached 92.3%, an increase of 5 percentage points compared to March 2013 which was recorded as 87.3%.
 
The regularity index, equal to 99.9% - i.e. the number of flights operated out of the total number of flights scheduled, shows an increase of 0.2 percentage points compared to March 2013 which was recorded as 99.7%.