5.9 million passengers in 2011
Annual growth rate of 6.8%, London, Paris and Catania the most popular destinations
Bologna Airport ended 2011 with a new record in terms of passenger traffic, the highest ever in the airport's history: 5.9 million passengers (5,885,884), an increase of 6.8% compared to previous year, equivalent to an increase of almost 400,000 passengers.
Growth was mainly driven by domestic passengers (up 10.0% to 1,725,742), while international passenger traffic also showed significant growth (up 5.5% to 4,150,471).
Breaking down the figures by type of carrier, traditional scheduled flights were the most popular (3,026,671 passengers) followed by low cost flights (2,421,824) and charter flights (366,207) (with an additional 61,511 transit passengers). Total movements were 69,153, down 1.6%. There was a considerable increase in air cargo traffic (+20.4%), equivalent to 31,526 tons.
The most popular destinations in 2011 were: London (almost 420,000 passengers), Paris (around 400,000) and Madrid (over 280,000) for international flights and Catania (290,000 passengers), Palermo (285,000) and Rome (252,000) for domestic flights. Also worthy of note is the strong growth of Lamezia, Bari, Brindisi and Istanbul, with an increase of more than 30%.
The strong growth of Ryanair, together with the arrival of new carriers - including easyJet, Windjet and Pullmantur - and the strengthening of the most important European airlines, were all factors driving the overall annual growth, which has earned Marconi airport 7th place in the ranking of the top Italian airports.