Italy is very much Ryanair territory: it serves 19 destinations in Italy; it has 3 bases there; and has plentiful – and growing – routes to and from. All but 2 of its 19 destinations are served from its main base, namely Stansted. The 2 that aren’t (yet) served are Verona (but Brescia, nearby, is) and Trapani. Now, down to the questions:
1) Given that Hahn has a daily service to Verona and Stansted has a daily service to Brescia, will both Italian destinations coexist or will one cease? If the latter, which? Or do they serve different markets? However, Brescia is marketed at Verona (Brescia), thereby indicating that they’re broadly the same markets;
2) Trapani (which, when it starts, will have a Ryanair flight to Pisa) is very close to Palermo (which has 2x daily flights to Stansted). But is there any potential for a non-stop service from Trapani to Stansted, albeit probably a few times weekly (like from Stansted to, for example, Lamezia)?
3) Catania, on Sicily (like both Palermo and Trapani), did, I believe, have a non-stop Ryanair flight to Stansted (what was its frequency? When did it end)? Air Malta and British Airways now operate from London to Catania, on a four-times-weekly and a daily basis respectively. Surely Ryanair will once again ply the Stansted-Catania route. What was the reason for its cessation? Is it likely that it will return?
4) easyJet currently flies from London to 2 Sardinian destinations: Olbia and Cagilari. Is it likely that Ryanair will ever compete on these routes? It seems less and less likely, given that easyJet must surely be now somewhat established and known thereon.
5) Naples is served by easyJet from Stansted. This Italian city is conspicuously absent from Ryanair’s Italy destination list. Why? Airport fees? No subsidies? What?
6) Rimini was served by Ryanair from Stansted, but it was dropped. Now easyJet flies Luton-Rimini four-times-weekly during the summer. I presume Ryanair operated daily, thereby meaning it had plenty more seats (probable oversupply). Why did Ryanair end this route? If it was because of insufficient yields, how is easyJet performing? Or was it to do with the cessation of a subsidy? Or …?
7) Are there any other Italian destinations, bar the most obvious, namely Naples, Olbia, Cagilari, Catania and Rimini, that could realistically be served by Ryanair from Stansted?
8) What have been the main frequency changes on its Stansted-Italy routes?