Bologna Airport and Ryanair: together for 5 more years
Bologna Airport and Ryanair renewed their commercial agreement signed in 2008 to develop the offer of low cost flights at Bologna Airport for another five years.
As explained CEO Michael O’Leary taking part in today’s press conference in Bologna, Ryanair aims at increasing its passengers in Bologna by 20%, rising from current 2.1 million per year to 2.5 million by 2018.
Bologna Airport President Giada Grandi said: “We are very satisfied with this agreement – a result not taken for granted. It acknowledges the commitment of the Board and the competent work done in the last few months by General Manager Nazareno Ventola and Business Aviation Manager Antonello Bonolis. It will enable Bologna Airport to go on offering the town and the territory development opportunities for incoming tourism and growth for our companies".
General Manager Ventola added: “Today's agreement launches another five-year period of cooperation, aiming at further growth despite the evident difficulties in this sector. We share the target of increasing passengers who, from 2014, will enjoy a completely restyled air terminal with an enlarged destination offer and strengthened existing destinations”.
“Less than five years ago - said Antonello Bonolis - Ryanair started its way in Bologna and the following year in March the carrier already had three aircrafts based in our airport, reaching over one million passengers per year in 2009 and going over two million in 2011. Now we have five based aircrafts, estimated passengers will be over 2,1 million by the end of the year and served destinations will be 33. From the beginning of operations in October 2008 to August 2013, about 8,5 million passengers have chosen to fly Ryanair to and from our Airport. Today’s agreement is even more profitable than the previous one, it awards the commitment of launching and supporting the partnership and opens new development horizons”.