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Ryanair To Announce Italian Domestic Routes  
User currently offlineBestWestern From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2000, 7122 posts, RR: 57
Posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4207 times:


Note point 1 and 3

New route from Beauvais to Treviso

Plans to enter domestic markets

http://www.ryanair.com/press/2004/nov/rte-en-241104.html


News Release
24.11.04
RYANAIR TO EXPAND ROUTES IN ITALY


AND OFFERS FREE FLIGHTS TO STRANDED VOLARE PASSENGERS


Ryanair, Europe’s No.1 low fares airline today (24th Nov 2004) announced expansion plans in the Italian market to assist the many hundreds of thousands of passengers disrupted as a result of the collapse of Volare on Friday evening last.

Ryanair’s Deputy Chief Executive, Michael Cawley unveiled these plans at a press conference in Milan today which comprise:

1. Ryanair announced a new twice daily service from Paris (Beauvais) to Venice (Treviso) which is Ryanair’s 65th international route to and from Italy and means that Ryanair now flies on nine of the eleven international routes previously flown by Volare from Italy to other EU destinations. Ryanair is operating most of these routes with greater frequency and lower fares than those sold by Volare.


Volare Routes Ryanair Routes
Milan - Barcelona Milan (Bergamo)-Barcelona (Girona)
Milan - Paris Milan (Bergamo)-Paris (Beauvais)
Milan - Prague No Service
Milan - Valencia Milan (Bergamo)-Valencia
Rome - Barcelona Rome (Ciampino)-Barcelona (Girona)
Rome - Paris Rome (Ciampino)-Paris (Beauvais)
Rome - Valencia Rome (Ciampino)-Valencia
Venice - Barcelona Venice (Treviso)-Barcelona (Girona)
Venice - Madrid No Service
Venice - Paris Venice (Treviso)-Paris (Beauvais)
Bologna - Paris Venice (Treviso)-Paris (Beauvais)

Ryanair has undertaken to offer free flights* to all passengers, booked to travel Volare, on any one of these routes, during the period from 1st December to 17th March next (excluding the peak Christmas period of 22nd Dec to 4th Jan - when many of Ryanair’s flights are already sold out). Stranded Volare passengers can make a booking on these routes, from today (24th Nov 04) until midnight 2nd Dec 04, subject to availability by accessing Ryanair’s website at www.ryanair.com, and entering a member mode by keying in their Volare web booking confirmation. Passengers will be offered a fare of €0 and will only be obliged to pay Government taxes and airport charges for each of the relevant routes. There are a total of 400,000 seats available on these routes, and all bookings of these free flights will be on a first come first served basis and are subject to seat availability.

*Free flight = € zero fare but the passenger pays any relevant Government taxes and airport charges.

3. Ryanair has invited all of the Italian airports affected by the collapse of Volare to meetings in Milan on Wednesday and Thursday of this week to discuss the possibility of Ryanair offering low fare domestic flights within Italy on those routes that were previously operated by Volare. Ryanair has undertaken that any passengers who have lost out as a result of the Volare collapse on domestic routes would be offered a similar period of free fares on any domestic routes subsequently launched by Ryanair in Italy.

Announcing details of this rescue package for stranded Volare passengers in Milan today, Ryanair’s Deputy Chief Executive, Michael Cawley said:

“Even before the collapse of Volare, Ryanair was already Italy’s second largest and lowest fares airline. Our comprehensive network of international routes to and from Italy with the addition of this new Venice-Paris service means that we can offer all international passengers stranded by Volare a flight on a similar international route. Our offer of free flights (subject only to Government taxes and airport charges) will mean that these passengers will have the opportunity of travelling on their chosen route without losing the vast majority of the air fare paid to Volare, and we look forward to reuniting friends and families that may have been stranded by the unfortunate but inevitable demise of Volare”.

“Clearly a lot of Italian airports have lost significant traffic volumes as a result of Volare’s collapse and we have invited all of these airports to meetings in Milan this week to see if we can help them to launch low fare domestic and international routes, to make up for the traffic they have lost as a result of Volare’s collapse. Ryanair already flies to almost all of the airports in Italy previously served by Volare and we expect to announce further route expansion to and from these airports in the not too distant future subject to the successful conclusion of satisfactory agreements with these airports”

“The collapse of Volare last week is the second significant collapse (V-Bird was the first) in the European low fares sector this Winter. Ryanair was the first to predict that there would be a bloodbath this Winter which would result in the collapse of loss making low fare airlines. With intense competition all over Europe and high oil prices, only the strongest low fares airlines will survive Volare will not be the last. Many other airlines talk about low fares, but none can match Ryanair’s low fares, our punctuality or our customer service. We have enjoyed enormous growth in the Italian market over the past three years and we expect that Ryanair’s pro-passenger response to the collapse of Volare will enable us to continue to grow and expand in the Italian market”.




[Edited 2004-11-24 12:51:37]

[Edited 2004-11-24 12:52:42]


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User currently offline7LBAC111 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2004, 2566 posts, RR: 35
Reply 1, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4122 times:

Except that whereas Volare flew from City to City (ie major airports) FR will fly to large farmyards some 60 miles from the city they advertise!


Debate is what you put on de hook when you want to catch de fish.
User currently offlineLevent From France, joined Sep 2004, 1718 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4083 times:

Valencia´s airport is at the edge of the city  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19212 posts, RR: 52
Reply 3, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3970 times:

I read about this.

It does not matter that FR will serve airports which are "farmyards some 60 miles from the city they serve" for people will, of course, still go. Accordingly, FR is merely supplying demand (as opposed to creating it, as there will always be demand on those routes).



"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineBestWestern From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2000, 7122 posts, RR: 57
Reply 4, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3925 times:

There will always people willing to travel somewhere to save €40 euro.

In terms of Italy, CIA a is well located airport.




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User currently offlineGKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24927 posts, RR: 56
Reply 5, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3905 times:

Dont forget that for quite a number of people the places that Ryanair are flying to are more convenient for them.
We are the greatest  Big grin
Signed, Pe@rson/MOL



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User currently offlineAirblue From San Marino, joined May 2001, 1825 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3850 times:

Forget about domestic Italian flights in the nearest future. Cawley words must be read more as a marketing press release than real fact.

The only real news are the new 2 daily TSF-BVA from 31.03.2005, but maybe FR had planned this route for long and it took the VA crisis to maximize the media coverage.



User currently offlineBestWestern From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2000, 7122 posts, RR: 57
Reply 7, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3834 times:

Forget about domestic Italian flights in the nearest future

What Ryanair are trying to do is extract further discounts from italian airports to maintain traffic levels. Its what they do everywhere, as airport charges are amongst the highest charges for short haul airlines anywhere.

Expect to see a FR announcement on Italian domestic routes before the end of November. This will one of FR's biggest strategic moves in a long time, and will tie up Italy for FR, in a similar way EZY is attempting to do in France.

People will continue to argue about the unsuitability of Bergamo for domestic routes, but simply look at the amount of international traffic they are generating / stimulating from this airport today.








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User currently offlineAirblue From San Marino, joined May 2001, 1825 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3719 times:

People will continue to argue about the unsuitability of Bergamo for domestic routes, but simply look at the amount of international traffic they are generating / stimulating from this airport today

Be myself at a meeting last month with ENAV regarding BGY capacity, it was decided to keep also for the next summer max 20 movement per hour (8 take off and up to 12 landing).
So for the summer from 06-07am 4 departure slots are allocated to FR, 1 to VA and 3 to cargo operators (DHL 1, UPS 1 and Islandflug 1).
From 07-08am 1 to FR, 1 to VA, 1 to EN, 2 to MyAir, 1 to charter operators (GJ likely) and 2 to DHL.

No extra departure slots are available and the 2 VA slots will go to who buy them from the bankrupt court.



User currently offlineBestWestern From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2000, 7122 posts, RR: 57
Reply 9, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3596 times:

20 movements per hour? Why so low, and why the favourability towards landing aircraft?

Is this yet further protection of the Linate monopoly?



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User currently offlineAirblue From San Marino, joined May 2001, 1825 posts, RR: 11
Reply 10, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3563 times:

Is this yet further protection of the Linate monopoly?

Don't always think bad. The Milan ATC area (LIN+MXP+BGY) has a limited capacity. Plus BGY take off from RWY 28 are going to interfere with LIN and MXP take off routes to North Europe that's why the take off number is less then the max landing slots number.


User currently offlineOlympicbis From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 3433 times:

"...and we look forward to reuniting friends and families that may have been stranded by the unfortunate but inevitable demise of Volare”.


WOW, too bad Mother Teresa is not around anymore, she would certainly have appointed Mr Cawley as her successor. Too bad he also does not mention how many friends and families have already been stranded by Ryanair's flight cancellations....


"Ryanair was the first to predict that there would be a bloodbath this Winter which would result in the collapse of loss making low fare airlines. With intense competition all over Europe and high oil prices, only the strongest low fares airlines will survive"

Translate into : only the low fare airlines subsidized like we are by some politicians with banana republic practices not respecting EU legislation - should I mention the Charleroi Airport case - will survive.

I sincerely hope that there will be no other airlines collapsing, except for Ryanair of course.


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