Milan Bergamo to host ‘game-changing’ 737-8200 with Ryanair
Milan Bergamo Airport is expected to welcome the revolutionary new Boeing 737-8200 later this month, along with airline partner Ryanair. Marked as the “gamechanger” of planes, the Irish low-cost carrier will present the first of its new fleet on July 20, 2021 at the Italian airport. The new 737 MAX variant, with more capacity with 197 seats (compared to 189 of the 737-800 standard), 40% less noise and 16% less CO2 emissions, will play a crucial role in the recovery passenger traffic in the Lombardy region.
Speaking to Ryanair CEO Eddie Wilson, Giacomo Cattaneo, Director of Commercial Aviation, SACBO, said: “We recognize the importance of the arrival of Ryanair’s new aircraft, the first of its kind. not only in Milan Bergamo but in Italy as a whole. Before the end of the summer season, we anticipate that up to five 737-8200 will be based at our airport, with five more by mid-2022, gradually replacing the currently based B737-800. Ryanair’s increased fleet, lower fares and greener flights will be key to the recovery of the local economy, boosting tourism to our region and providing better connectivity for Italian travelers.
Following the announcement of seven new destinations – Banja Luka, Belfast City, Kos, Menorca, Preveza, Suceava and Zagreb – Ryanair will operate 105 routes from Milan Bergamo this summer, offering more than 600 weekly options to those from the major watershed of the airport.
New partners, new routes and returns
After the historic opportunity to welcome easyJet’s first flight to Milan Bergamo on May 28, 2021, the airport’s new partner airline has confirmed the continued growth of its national and international network from Lombardy. Joining previously launched routes to Olbia and Malaga, the low cost airline announced notable routes to Amsterdam Schiphol and Paris CDG from September 6, 2021. Operating three times a week to the Netherlands and four times a week to in France, EasyJet passengers will benefit from a total of 70 connections to the major hubs of the two countries.
The coming winter season will see the development of Milan Bergamo continue with the arrival of its latest confirmed partner, Eurowings, as the Lufthansa subsidiary inaugurates its inaugural link with Düsseldorf. Initially launching a four times a week service from October 31, 2021, the German carrier will increase the frequency to six times a week by February 2022. “The entry of Eurowings into our air call list will be a big hit of an inch to our connectivity with remarkable economic zones. Düsseldorf and the Ruhr industrial belt, ”Cattaneo said.
The ongoing resumption of services from the Lombard gateway recently saw Blue Panorama return to its network. From early July, the Italian airline restarted its bi-weekly operations to Lampedusa, increasing flight options to the Mediterranean Sea island for Milan Bergamo customers.